Following up on a tweet from earlier today…
TCU head coach Jamie Dixon has announced the hiring of former UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross to the Horned Frogs coaching staff.
Cross, who presided over the most successful era in UTA basketball, will serve as assistant coach at TCU.
“We are excited and fortunate to have Scott and his family join the TCU family,” said Dixon. “With his success as a student-athlete, as an assistant coach and as a head coach, Scott embodies everything we aspire our players to be and will be a terrific fit for our program.”
Cross compiled a record of 225-161 in 12 seasons as the Mavericks head coach, including 88 wins over the last four years, and has coached each of the top four seasons in program history. The two-time conference coach of the year led his team to the postseason five times, 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.
UTA 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.
A 1998 graduate, Cross guided his alma mater to postseason appearances in the NCAA (2008), NIT (2012 & 2017) and CIT (2013, 2016). UTA won a Southland Conference Tournament Championship in 2008 and the 2011-12 regular season Southland Conference Championship. He 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 in 2016 when he was announced as 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.
In the past three seasons, Cross led the Mavericks to road wins at BYU, Memphis, Ohio State and Texas.
Prior to being named head coach, Cross was an assistant coach at UTA for eight seasons.
As a student at UTA, Cross was a two-time GTE/CoSIDA All-American and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
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.