Gene Cross

Gene Cross (born December 20, 1971)

Teams coached: Toledo Rockets, Erie BayHawks
Toledo record: 11-53 (.172)
Overall record^: 11-53 (.172)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2015-2016 Reno Bighorns (asst)
2014-2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders (asst)
2012-2014 Erie BayHawks
2011-2012 Iowa Energy (asst)
2010-2011 Utah Flash (asst)
2008-2010 Toledo
2006-2008 Notre Dame (asst)
2005-2006 Virginia (asst)
2002-2005 DePaul (asst)
1996-2002 UIC (asst)

Gene Cross Facts

  • Gene Cross
  • Born December 20, 1971
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Illinois (BA, 1994) / Ohio State University (MA, 1996)
  • The Chicago-native starred at Rich Central HS (IL), where he earned all-conference honors and is a member of the school’s HOF
    • Spent four seasons playing at Illinois for head coach Lou Henson; played in two NCAA Tournaments
  • Started coaching as an assistant at Marion-Franklin HS in Columbus, OH while getting his masters’ at Ohio State
  • Returned to Chicago in 1996 and spent six seasons working under head coach Jimmy Collins at UIC
    • Part of two NCAA Tournament teams while with the Flames, including the 1998 team that won the MCC title
  • Moved onto DePaul in 2002, spending the next three years as one of Dave Leitao‘s assistants then followed him to Virginia in 2005
  • His last college assistant role was at Notre Dame, where he worked under Mike Brey for two seasons
  • Hired in 2008 to be the head coach at Toledo, leading the Rockets for the next two seasons
    • Went 7-25 in his first year and 4-28 (the worst record in school history) in his second before stepping down in March 2010
  • Cross has worked in the professional ranks ever since, including several stints as an assistant and one as a head coach in the NBA G League
    • He spent a short stint coaching a professional team in Mexico before returning to the Sacramento Kings organization as a scout in 2017
    • Most recently was worked as the scouting director for the New York Knicks (as of December 2020)

Gene Cross Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only