Is there a movie you identify with? One that reflects your own life? That's a question that Maverick basketball Coach Scott Cross has asked his players in team meetings to help them get to know each other a bit better.
"I've learned a lot of things I might never have known about some of the guys," he says. "I learned more about where they came from and some of the challenges they faced. Things like that help you understand the different players on the team."
So what's his movie? Invincible, the story of football fan Vince Papale who got to live his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL. Like Papale, Cross was a walk-on, landing a spot on the UT San Antonio basketball team his freshman year. He eventually transferred to UTA, earning a scholarship and a reputation as a fierce competitor. Perhaps his story has an even sweeter ending than the Mark Wahlberg movie. Cross says he's living the dream of coaching at his alma mater, where last year he became the winningest coach in program history.
Read about Cross and the Mavericks, primed to be one of the nation's top mid-major teams, as well as the Lady Mavs, poised to be in the hunt for the Sun Belt Conference title, in this issue's story highlighting UTA basketball. It also includes a look at the Movin' Mavs, UTA's perennial powerhouse wheelchair basketball team, and the Lady Movin' Mavs, who are looking to defend their first national wheelchair title.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue and make plans to cheer on all of UTA's basketball teams and student athletes at as many games as possible this season. Go Mavs!
– Kathryn Hopper