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Head Coach Jae Cross

Jae Cross
Head Coach

Jae Cross enters the 2018-19 season for her fourth year as the Celts Women's Head basketball coach.

During the 2017-18 season the team posted an overall record of 12-15 and went 8-10 in the Red River Conference.  Eventhough the team only had one senior they still competed and made a push for the Red River Conference tournament until the last weekend. 

This past season, Cross was able to add to her list of student athletes that excelled on the court as well as in the classroom.  Coach Cross coached her second All American Honorable Mention student athlete in as many years, another Red River Conference All First Team member, one more Red River All Second Team members and two more Honorable Mention Conference members. 

Over the past three seasons Cross has also mentored a strong academic program having 18 UST Dean's List members and 8 NAIA Dakstats Scholar Athletes. 

Cross joined the Celt's after spending seven seasons at Rice University, where she served  the last two of those years as the Associate Head Coach. While at Rice, Cross helped the Owls to two postseason appearances, advancing to the WNIT in 2011 and the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2012. Six Rice players earned All-C-USA honors, and three players were tabbed Freshman All-C-USA since her arrival on campus in 2008. 

Cross has had an impressive basketball career not only as a coach but as a player herself.  Cross played professionally for the WNBA's Detroit Shock, Phoenix Mercury and San Antonio Silver Stars. She also was a member of the Australian national team for 12 years where she was apart of the Gold medal team at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and won a bronze medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship. The Australians claimed a pair of Oceania Gold Medals in 2003 and 2005 en route to qualifying for the Olympics. Inducted into her home town of Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame, Cross began her playing career at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in 1993. She received the R.E. Stauton Award in 1994, which is given to the women's basketball most outstanding player. She then played for the Adelaide Lightning of the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). The Lightning won a trio of national championships in 1995, 1996 and 1998.

Jae and her husband, Tom Cross, live in Houston with their four daughters, Jenisha, Taylor, Cale, and Haylee.