Rob Cross enters his third season as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the men's lacrosse program. Cross spent the previous two seasons in a similar position at the University of Delaware.
"I'm excited to have Coach Cross join us," said head coach John Svec upon Cross' appointment. "His experience both as a player and an offensive coordinator will benefit us greatly. His passion for the game will help show our guys how to win."
In 2015, Cross' offense developed six double digit goal scorers and senior attackman Richie Hurley was named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
In his first season in Loudonville, Cross' helped guide the Saints to an 11-6 overall record and both the MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. The Saints boasted a program record 11 All-MAAC selections and six Second Team All-MAAC honorees and posted seven true road wins which tied for the second most in the nation.
Cross helped develop Richie Hurley into Siena College's Male Student Athlete of the Year, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, a USILA Honorable Mention All-American and Tewaaraton Award Watch List candidate in his first season as offensive coordinator. Hurley broke the MAAC record with 82 points and broke the Siena record with 48 assists while ranking fourth nationally in assists per game (2.82) and sixth in points per game (4.82).
Cross previously served as an assistant coach and ran the offenses at Mercyhurst (2006), UMBC (2007-09), Harvard (2010) and Rutgers (2011) prior to his stint with Delaware. With the Blue Hens, Cross oversaw the development of the program's offense and goaltenders. In 2012 he helped develop Grant Kaleikau to rank third nationally in assists per game.
Cross helped guide Rutgers to a top-20 nationally ranking early during the 2011 season and in 2010 at Harvard developed the nation's 15th best scoring and man-up offense.
UMBC made the NCAA Tournament in each of Cross' three years serving as co-offensive coordinator at his alma mater and won a pair of America East Championships. His first season in the coaching ranks also was successful as he helped lead Mercyhurst to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals in 2006.
Cross earned three letters and was a two-year starter collegiately with the Retrievers and graduated in 2005 with his B.A. in Sociology. A native of Black River, N.Y., he appeared in 34 games with UMBC totaling 15 goals.