UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Monday that soccer head coach Kevin Cross will not return for the 2019 season. A national search will begin immediately to appoint his successor.
“We’d like to thank Kevin for all his hard work during 20-plus years at UTEP,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “He built a regionally competitive program. As we look to take the next step and contend for conference championships, we felt like it was best to move in a new direction. We wish Kevin well in his future endeavors.”
“I am disappointed to be relieved of my duties as head soccer coach at UTEP after 21 years at UTEP and 18 years as the head coach,” Cross said. “I would like to thank Veronica O’Brien for hiring me as an assistant coach in 1997, the year after the program began, and Bob Stull for hiring me as the head coach in 2001. I also appreciate my staff, who is like family to me in Heather Clark who has been with me for 15 years and Jessie Pettit. I have really loved my time at UTEP and the El Paso community has treated me great. We have had a lot of success in the UTEP Soccer program, going 15 years in a row with winning records and amassing over 200 wins, all at UTEP. We have played in three championship games and the second round of the NCAA tournament. On top of that, we have had great success in the classroom and every player I have coached for four years has graduated. I am looking forward to my next challenge in life and I am very appreciative of all that UTEP Soccer has given me. I wish nothing but the best for UTEP Soccer as it is always going to be a part of my soul. I am leaving UTEP Soccer with a heavy heart but I have been forced to move on. I have given every ounce of energy to UTEP Soccer for the last 21 years, which is an incredible run.”
UTEP made one NCAA Tournament appearance under Cross’ leadership (2005), and the Miners reached the Conference USA Tournament championship match three times.
The Miners finished 8-11-0 in 2017 and 7-8-4 this season. UTEP did not qualify for the Conference USA Tournament in three of the last four years, and five of the last nine.
Cross served as the Miners’ head coach since 2001 after spending four years (1997-2000) as an assistant to Veronica O’Brien. In 18 years as head coach, he compiled a record of 212-127-27.