Ryan Cross begins his fifth season as an assistant coach on the ULM men’s basketball staff. Cross brings with him 16 years of collegiate coaching experience.
For the fourth straight season, Cross saw the Warhawks improve their conference win total from the previous year. He's also helped coach the Warhawks to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1989-90, 90-91 and also consecutive postseason appearances.
After the 2015-16 campaign, Cross was named the 13th-best recruiter in the country among Mid-Major Assistant Coaches by CoachStat.net. He was the highest ranked assistant coach from the state of Louisiana and one of three from the Sun Belt Conference.
“I have known for a long time how good a recruiter Ryan is,” said ULM head coach Keith Richard. “This recognition is well-deserved. His recruiting efforts have been a huge part of helping us rebuild this program.”
Cross has been instrumental in recruiting and has significantly expanded ULM’s prospect pool by tapping into potential international players. Two international players have led the team in scoring in each of the last three seasons - Tylor Ongwae and Majok Deng - and both earned All-Conference First-Team honors.
Cross joined the Warhawk staff in March 2012 after one season as an assistant coach at Bossier Parish Community College. Prior to Bossier, Cross was the head coach at Caldwell Parish High School, where he guided the Spartans to a 109-57 overall record and four straight state playoff appearances.
Cross served on Richard’s staff as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech from 2003-06 and previously had head coaching stints at Chipola Junior College (1999-03) and Barton County Community College (1998-99).
In his four seasons at Chipola, Cross guided the Indians to an 80-42 overall record and produced many Division I prospects. In one season as the head coach at Barton County, Cross led the team to a 35-3 record and a trip to the NJCAA national championship game.
Cross began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Barton County from 1996-98. He also spent the 1995-96 season as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater Buffalo.
He played four years of basketball at the University of Buffalo (1991-95), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1995. Cross eventually earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Fort Hays State in 2000.
Cross and his wife, Karen, have four daughters, Taylor, Kelsy, Amber and Kendall.