Ben Cross — Assistant Coach
Ben Cross is an Assistant Coach for the 2020 MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew. Previously, he served as the Crew Academy’s Under-19 Head Coach after joining the Crew Academy as U-17/18 Head Coach in October of 2016.
In June of 2018, Cross was named the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Coach of the Year at the U-18/19 level, while leading the Crew to an Academy-best third-place finish at the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Playoffs.
Prior to his time with the Black & Gold, Cross was a coach at Empire Development Academy from 2005-2016, winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Eastern Conference Coach of the Year award at the U-17/18 level in 2012. While working for Empire Development Academy, Cross also served as an assistant coach for Nazareth College from 2006-2010 and as an assistant coach for the University of Rochester in 2005.
In addition to his coaching experience, Cross played for the University of Rochester from 2001-2004. During his time with the Yellow Jackets, Cross was named UAA’s Rookie of the Year (2001), twice named to the First-Team UAA (2002, 2004) and once named to the Second-Team Northeast Region (2004). Cross’ 27 career assists for the University of Rochester rank him second all-time in the Yellowjackets’ assists leaders table.