Ploss is in his third season as assistant coach at Holy Cross.
Prior to Holy Cross, Ploss coached crews on the National Team in 1992, 1995-1997 and 2001, which won multiple national titles. On the collegiate level, he coached at WPI from 1972-1987.
Ploss has rowed and coxed at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, the Detroit Boat Club and Ecorse Boat Club.
A member of the WPI class of 1970, Ploss graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He retired from a career in Environmental and Safety Engineering. He currently splits his residence between Worcester, Mass. and North Carolina. In his free time he enjoys playing the banjo.