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Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Published or Revised January 19, 2021

Head Coach Matthew Cross

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Matthew Cross
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New Head Women’s Basketball Coach Matt Cross comes to Paris Junior College after a 14-year run as a head basketball coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I, and National Junior College Athletic Association Division I, including a three-year stint as Head Coach at fellow NJCAA Region XIV member Lamar State College - Port Arthur.

During this time, Coach Cross amassed over 300 career wins while earning two national championships: the 2009 U.S. Small College National Championship and the 2015 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Championship, as well as 10 conference championships.

Cross led three different programs to their respective national tournaments: Talladega College in 2009 and 2013-17, Louisiana State University - Shreveport in 2018, and Lamar State College - Port Arthur in 2011.

Along the way, Cross garnered two National Coach of the Year honors and seven Conference Coach of the Year accolades, including 2011 NJCAA District 14 Coach of the Year. Cross has recruited 37 All Conference selections, developed nine All-Americans, and seen 32 of his student athletes play professionally.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Coach Cross is a 2005 graduate of the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Assistant Coach Sashanique Youngblood

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