Scott Cross Living His American Dream as UTA Men’s Basketball Coach

As a former player and graduate, assistant coach and now head coach of the men’s basketball team, Scott Cross has rich ties to both The University of Texas at Arlington and The American Dream City.

Scott Cross, a two-time conference coach of the year, has presided over the most successful era in Maverick Basketball since taking over the program in 2006. Cross has compiled a record of 204-148 over 11 seasons and has coached each of the the top four seasons in program history.

Coming off an exciting 2017 season that included a quarterfinal appearance in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament, Cross has his players dreaming even bigger for the 2017-2018 season.

“We have a great group of guys and a veteran basketball team that have helped build the program’s culture and expect success,” Cross said. “We have a talented basketball team with a high ceiling. If we play the way we are capable of, we can do some great things.”

Cross is married to the former Jennifer Harris, who played volleyball for UT Arlington from 1995-98. They met at J. Gilligan’s in Downtown Arlington and he eventually proposed to her during halftime at one of the UTA men’s basketball games. The couple lives here in Arlington and has three sons.

The head coach credits UTA and the support he’s received from the Arlington community for helping him live his American Dream.

“I am absolutely living the American Dream,” Cross said. “To be able to coach at your Alma mater, first as an assistant coach right out of college and then to be the head coach. To have the success that we’ve had the last couple years and to be able to raise your family right here, it is absolutely amazing.”

A preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference this season, 

Click here to watch all of the American Dream Chapter videos on the City of Arlington’s YouTube channel. You can also visit arlington-tx.gov/news/tag/american-dream-city/.

 

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