Former Big 12, SEC assistant has 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, helped develop 6 first round NBA draft picks
Head coach Scott Cross and staff relieved of coaching duties, Director of Athletics Jim Baker announced.
Postgame comments following UTA's Sun Belt loss to Georgia State.
Postgame comments following UTA's Sun Belt semifinal victory over Louisiana.
Postgame comments following UTA's Sun Belt Tournament victory over Appalachian State
UTA men's basketball hosted Appalachian State on Thursday, Feb. 1 at College Park Center.
A few photos from the postgame ceremony following UTA's win over Niagara at the Barclays Center Classic.
Photos from UT Arlington men's basketball vs. Alabama - Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
A selection of photos from the final day of the UTA men's basketball program's annual Boot Camp.
A selection of photos from the third day of UTA men's basketball's annual Boot Camp at Maverick Stadium.
Scott Cross presided over the most successful era in Maverick Basketball since taking over the program in 2006. Cross compiled a record of 225-161 over 12 seasons. Cross coached each of the top four seasons in program history and is a 2-time conference coach of the year.
The Mavericks advanced to the postseason five times under his watch, including a quarterfinal appearance in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament. The historic 2017 season produced the program's first-ever Sun Belt Conference regular season title.
UT Arlington qualified for just one postseason invitation in the 46 years prior to Cross' arrival. He is the only men's basketball coach in school history with a winning record and concluded the 2018 season as the second-longest tenured among Division I coaches in the state of Texas.
Cross' first head coaching job produced a long list of school records, firsts and accomplishments. Known as a tireless worker, excellent recruiter and great ambassador for his program, Cross defined the program with a popular hastag #TakeTheStairs. The philosophy embodied the concept of not taking shortcuts, going above and beyond and being mentally and physically disciplined.
The following players coached by Cross have signed professional contracts: Derrick Obasohan, Anthony Vereen, Dwight Gentry II, Cardell Hunter, Marquez Haynes, Jarrett Howell, Jermaine Griffin, LaMarcus Reed III, Bo Ingram, Stephen Barber, Jordan Reves, Kevin Butler, Karol Gruszecki, Reger Dowell, Brandon Edwards, Myles Guidry, Faith Pope, Jalen Jones and Jorge Bilbao.
Cross led his alma mater into its new home, the state-of-the-art College Park Center on Feb. 1, 2012. Cross also guided the program from the Southland Conference to the Western Athletic Conference to the Sun Belt Conference.
Throughout the course of just more than a decade, Cross guided the Mavericks to postseason tournament appearances in NCAA (2008), NIT (2012 & 2017) and CIT (2013, 2016). UT Arlington won a SLC Tournament Championship in 2008 and the 2011-12 regular-season Southland Conference Championship. The Mavericks reached the championship game of the WAC Tournament in 2013.
Coach Cross was named 2012 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, 2012 NABC District 23 Coach of the Year and a 2012 Finalist for the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year. Cross' efforts on and off the court were recognized once again in 2016, when he was announced a finalist for the 2016 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
In 2017, he earned Sun Belt and NABC District Coach of the Year honors after leading the Mavericks to a program record 27 wins. He was named a Prosser Award finalist for the second time and earned finalist honors from the Hugh Durham Award.
Cross' team defeated an AP top 25-ranked team for the first time in program history and won at the University of Texas for the first time in series history. The Mavericks won NIT games at BYU and at home against Akron and posted two of the largest UTA basketball crowds in College Park Center history.
The 2016 squad helped put UTA basketball on the Division I men's basketball map. Crowned the best rebounding team in the nation and ranked in the top 10 in four team categories, UTA knocked off national powers Ohio State and Memphis on the road en route to its best start in school history (14-3).
Cross led the Mavericks to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the first time in school history UTA made an appearance in the Big Dance. The Mavericks defeated Northwestern State in the Southland Conference finals to punch their ticket. The 2008 team had the best undefeated start in school history at 8-0. During the season the Mavericks were ranked for the first time in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, reaching a high of No. 14 in December of 2007.
From the end of the 2007 season throughout the 2008 season, Cross led the Mavericks to a school-record 17 consecutive home wins at Texas Hall. The 2011-12 Mavericks set a school record with a 16-game winning streak. That team also won its first 15 conference games.
Cross was named the head coach of his alma mater on April 21, 2006 after serving as an assistant coach for the previous eight seasons.
A three-year letter winner at UT Arlington from 1995-98, Cross gained the reputation as both a fierce competitor on the court and a scholar-athlete off the floor. As a player, Cross appeared in 82 games for UTA, including 58 in the starting lineup. As a senior, Cross averaged 11.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while converting a team-high 41.5 percent of his 3-point shots, second best in the Southland Conference.
In the classroom, Cross set the standard for UT Arlington basketball. He was a two-time GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America Basketball Academic All-American, earning third team as a junior and second team honors as a senior. Cross graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in marketing.
Cross is married to the former Jennifer Harris, who played volleyball for the Mavericks from 1995-98. The couple resides in Arlington and has three sons: Austin, Cody and Tyler.
|2006-07||13-17 (.433)||8-8||t3rd West (SLC)|
|2007-08||21-12 (.636)||7-9||t3rd West (SLC)|
|2008-09||16-14 (.533)||9-7||3rd West (SLC)|
|2009-10||16-14 (.533)||8-8||5th West (SLC)|
|2010-11||13-16 (.448)||7-9||5th West (SLC)|
|2011-12||24-9 (.727)||15-1||1st West (SLC)|
|2012-13||19-14 (.576)||11-7||t4th (WAC)|
|2013-14||15-17 (.469)||9-9||t5th (SBC)|
|2014-15||16-15 (.516)||10-10||5th (SBC)|
|2015-16||24-11 (.686)||13-7||3rd (SBC)|
|2016-17||27-9 (.750)||14-4||1st (SBC)|
|2017-18||21-13 (.618)||10-8||4th (SBC)|
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