Dallas Colleges: Scott Cross

UTA basketball coach Cross signs 4-year deal

April, 17, 2012
The University of Texas at Arlington announced today that men's basketball coach Scott Cross has agreed to a four-year extension that will keep him at UTA through the 2015-16 season. Here's part of the school's release:
Cross led the 2011-12 Mavericks to a record-setting season as the Mavericks won the Southland Conference regular season title. His team posted school records in wins (24), consecutive wins (16) and conference wins (15). He also led the Mavericks to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for just the second time in school history.

“We are pleased to announce that Coach Cross has agreed to an extension to stay at UT Arlington,” UT Arlington director of intercollegiate athletics Jim Baker said. “Scott has done an outstanding job of building the UT Arlington program over the last six years. We look forward to him continuing to lead the Mavericks in the years to come.”

Following the season, Cross was named the Southland Conference’s Coach of the Year and was also a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Coach of the Year.

“I want to thank UT Arlington president James Spaniolo and Jim Baker for their commitment to me and the Maverick Basketball program over the next several years,” Cross said. “UT Arlington is an exciting place to be right now with the opening of the College Park Center this past season and our move to the WAC and I appreciate the opportunity I have been given here as the head coach.”

UTA's Cross: 'They were tougher than us'

March, 10, 2010
UT Arlington fell to Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament today. Head coach Scott Cross and star guard Marquez Haynes spoke after the game (thanks to UTAMavs.com's Josh Bowe for sending these along):

Here were some of Cross' thoughts:

“We ran into a buzz saw. They were tougher than us. They played harder and beat us in every aspect of the game – coaching included.”

On defending SFA: “They executed on both ends of the floor. They hit some big time shots.”

On being out rebounded: “It all kind of goes hand in hand. I think Stephen F. was the tougher team tonight and offensive rebounds is one of those areas is a hustle point.”

Senior guard Marquez Haynes' thoughts:

On UTA's struggles offensively: “It was frustrating. A testament to their defense. They did a good job of getting on us.”

On not playing with any intensity: “I can’t really remember a game where we didn’t spark anything. They’re a tough team. Hats off to them.”

Summing up his career and desire to of made an NCAA Tournament with UTA: “I definitely didn’t see it ending like this. It’s hard man, it really is hard. To be in the NCAA Tournament – that’s what you remember more. It’s been a great ride. I thank a lot of people for it but I wish I could of done a little bit more.”