Rice Assistant Since 2008-09 Promoted To Associate Head Coach
Jae Cross begins her first season (2013-14) as the associate head coach for Rice's women's basketball program, after spending the previous five years at Rice as an assistant coach and director of basketball operations.
While at Rice, Cross has 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 have been tabbed Freshman All-C-USA since her arrival on campus in 2008.
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.
In 2008, Jae was proudly inducted into her home town of Canberra's 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, 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 four daughters, Jenisha (15), Taylor (10), Cale (5) and Haylee (3).