Mavs went 19-14 and played in CIT Postseason Tournament
UT Arlington coach Scott Cross has taken to program to new heights during his tenure.
UT Arlington finishes season at 19-14 after falling 84-76 to Oral Roberts at College Park Center.
UT Arlington plays host to Oral Roberts on Wednesday at 7:30 at College Park Center.
UT Arlington shooting for 20 wins in back-to-back seasons Wednesday night against Oral Roberts.
UT Arlington coach Scott Cross spent the first six years of his career as a head coach by generating a long list of school records, firsts and accomplishments. Known as a tireless worker, excellent recruiter and great ambassador for his program, Cross is poised to lead the men's basketball program to even greater heights.
Cross led his alma mater into a new era, as the Mavericks moved into the state-of-the-art College Park Center. UT Arlington also began a new chapter in its history on July 1, 2012 when the program moved from the Southland Conference into the Western Athletic Conference.
During his first six seasons, Cross guided the Mavericks to an appearance in both the NCAA and NIT Tournaments, won a SLC Tournament Championship in 2008, and, most recently, won the 2011-12 regular season Southland Conference Championship, while recording his 100th win this season. 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.
During the 2011 off season, Cross and the Mavericks played in an exhibition tour in British Columbia, Canada. The trip proved to be a tremendous confidence boost for the team, which went undefeated at 5-0 and won by an average of 45 points per game. After the successful exhibition tour, Coach Cross and the Mavericks enjoyed a record-setting 2011-12 season, posting a 24-9 record. The Mavericks had the seventh-longest win streak in the country in 2011-12, winning 16 games in a row to break the previous school record of nine. The Mavericks reached their highest RPI rating in school history and finished the season ranked 21st in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. LaMarcus Reed earned first-team All-Conference honors.
Cross led the Mavericks to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, marking the first time in school history the Mavericks made an appearance in the Big Dance. The Mavericks came away with their conference title after defeating Northwestern State in the finals to punch their ticket. He led the 2008 NCAA Tournament team to a then-school record 21 victories, which also included the best 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. UTA received its highest ranking of the season at 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.
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.