BREAKING: Troy names new head men’s basketball coach

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UTA vs Coastal Carolina Men’s Basketball at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas on December 31, 2016. (Photo/Sharon Ellman)

TROY, Ala. (WDHN)  — Troy University has named is its seventh head men’s basketball coach: former UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross.

Jeremy McClain, senior vice chancellor for athletics, made the announcement Tuesday.

“This is a great day for Troy Athletics and Trojan Basketball,” McClain said. “We are beyond excited to welcome Scott and his family to Troy. He has proven throughout his career that he is not only a winner on the court but also a coach that values the importance of developing his players in the classroom and in life. Scott is held in the highest regard among his peers and will be an outstanding addition to our department and our community.”

During his time at UT Arlington, the Mavericks got 225 wins, including 72 wins during his final three seasons.

Now, Cross is set to be the seventh head men’s basketball coach in the school’s history.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be the next head men’s basketball coach at Troy University,” Cross said. “I have always felt like Troy was a sleeping giant in the Sun Belt Conference with its state-of-the-art Trojan Arena, beautiful campus and wonderful community. My family and I cannot wait to get to Troy and become part of the Trojan community. My sincere thanks to Chancellor Hawkins and Jeremy McClain for believing in me and allowing me to serve at such a great university. We will take great pride in everything we do and will build a championship program, both on and off the court, that will make our student body, faculty, alumni and all Trojan fans proud. I cannot wait to meet each and every person involved with the Troy community.”

There will be a reception at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Stadium Club of Veterans Memorial Stadium with a press conference afterward at 11 a.m. The event will be streamed live on Troy Athletic’s Facebook page.

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