By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/15/16
Upper Dublin has named its new girls’ lacrosse coach – but she really is not a new coach at all.
Dee Cross, a multiple Hall of Fame inductee, has been hired as head coach (pending school board approval) after a one-year “retirement.”
Cross replaces Lauren Mateja, who guided the Cards to a 10-8 season in 2016.
Cross, a member of the Eastern PA and South Central Chapters of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame as well as the National Hall of Fame, was head coach at Upper Dublin from 2007-15 and had a 124-55 record while guiding the Cards to six straight Suburban One American Conference titles (2008-13).
Cross coached four of her daughters at Upper Dublin, three of which have played at Division I power Syracuse. Cross enjoyed watching Kelly (senior) Julie (freshman) play at Final Four team Syracuse last year, but admits she missed coaching. A third sister, Ali also played at Syracuse and eldest Julie played at Shippensburg, where Dee Cross herself was a standout.
“When the position opened up again, my family immediately said I needed to apply because I was miserable last year when I didn’t coach!” said Cross, who coached four daughters at Upper Dublin, all of whom played college lacrosse. “I did really miss it and I tried not to admit it so I am really fortunate to be able to get my same coaching position back at Upper Dublin.
“I am excited and look forward to continuing to build the team back into a playoff contender!”
Cross also coached the Abington girls’ team from 1987-99 and played on the 1988 Philadelphia 1 team that won the National Club Championship. Beyond playing and coaching, Cross has served lacrosse in many ways as: Treasurer of the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Association for six years, as a USWLA selector, a PASLA and PWLA selector, a USWLA clinician, helping to develop summer league play in the Philadelphia area, and in helping to start Abington Youth Lacrosse. Overall, Cross has 215 career high school wins.
As a player, Cross starred as a lacrosse, field hockey and basketball player at Shippensburg from 1977-81. She also played for the USA against the Celts tour in 1981 and in the USA/England Test matches in 1988. She served as USA Squad Coach 1991-1993, as USA Assistant Coach for test matches in 1992 and as Assistant Coach and Manager of the USA World Cup team which went to Scotland in 1993.
Cross was a member of the 1986 Silver Medalist World Cup Team and then captain of the 1989 Gold Medal winning World Cup team.
Cross also starred at Norristown High in lacrosse, basketball and field hockey.
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