July 6, 2010
Houston - Rice University head women's basketball coach Greg Williams has announced the promotion of Jae Cross to assistant coach on his basketball staff. Cross previously served the past two seasons as the Owls' director of operations.
"We are pleased and excited to promote Jae (Cross) as our new assistant coach," commented Williams. "Jae has done an outstanding job as our director of basketball operations and we are confident she will transition smoothly into her new responsibilities. She has a wealth of playing experience at the highest levels of the game and has shown the ability to teach and relate well to our student-athletes.
"With the important July recruiting period on the horizon, I also want to thank new athletics director Rick Greenspan and senior women's administrator Leslie Claybrook for moving quickly on this position," continued Williams.
"Rice is a special place to me and I am truly grateful to Coach Williams and the administration for providing me with this opportunity," said Cross. "Being able to do something you love everyday is a great feeling and I am very excited and look forward to working with our student-athletes."
Cross played professionally for the WNBA's Detroit Shock (2001-04) and San Antonio Silver Stars (2006) in addition to being a team representative for the Phoenix Mercury (2004-05).
She also was a member of the Australian national team for 12 years (1995-2006) 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.
Cross began her playing career at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in 1993. She received the R.E. Stauton Award, which is given to the women's basketball most outstanding player in 1994. 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 three daughters.