Jae Cross enters the 2017-18 season for her third year as the Celts Women's Head basketball coach.
During the 2016-17 season the team posted an overall record of 14-14 and went 9-9 in the Red River Conference. On senior night in the very last weekend of the Red River Conference the Celts beat Wiley College for the very first time. Not only did this secure their trip to the Red River Conference tournament for the third year in a row but also enabled them to finish the highest ever in the history of the program.
This past season, Cross coached an All American Honorable Mention student athlete along with the Red River Freshmen of the Year, a Red River Conference All First Team member, a Red River All Second Team member and two Honorable Mentioned Conference members.
Over the past two seasons Cross has also mentored a strong academic program having 13 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 have 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.