Assistant Coach: Ben Cross
Ben Cross is in his second season as Assistant Coach for reigning 2020 MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew SC in 2021. Previously, he served as the Crew SC Academy’s Under-19 Head Coach after joining the Crew SC 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 Crew SC 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.