UT men’s basketball coach resigns

March 11, 2010 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren

The University of Toledo announced today that Head Men’s Basketball Coach Gene Cross has resigned his position effective immediately.

UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said that the search for a replacement would begin immediately, and that Assistant Coach Bob Sundvold will serve as acting head coach until a new coach is hired.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have been the head men’s basketball coach here at UT,” Cross said. “ I enjoyed my time trying to change the lives of these young men. It is with mixed emotions that I have chosen to move on at this time to pursue other career opportunities.”

“We would like to thank Gene for his efforts on behalf of the men’s basketball program and wish him well in his future endeavors,” O’Brien said.

In two seasons at the helm of the Rockets’ program, Cross posted an 11-53 win-loss record. He guided UT to a 7-25 mark and a 5-11 Mid-American Conference ledger in his first season. This past season, Toledo posted a 4-28 record and a 1-15 league mark.

Prior to coming to Toledo, Cross served as an assistant coach for 12 years at four different institutions. He began his collegiate coaching career at Illinois-Chicago (1996-02), followed by stops at DePaul (2002-05), Virginia (2005-06) and Notre Dame (2006-08).

Cross played college basketball at the University of Illinois. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Illinois in 1994 and received a master’s degree in sports management at Ohio State University in 1996.

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