Tom Cross Named New DCTC Fastpitch Coach

Tom Cross | DCTC Blue Knights Fastpitch Softball Head Coach
Tom Cross | DCTC Blue Knights Fastpitch Softball Head Coach

Brings 32 years of coaching experience to Blue Knights

Tom Cross | DCTC Blue Knights Fastpitch Softball Head Coach

Tom Cross, former head softball coach at Macalester College, has been named head coach of the Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights women’s fastpitch softball team. Cross coached the Scots from 2003 to 2011. In 2008, he won his 300th game as a college-level head coach. That same year and also in 2006, his teams posted the top GPA for all NCAA Division III softball teams in the country. The next year, seven of his players made the list for girls got game/NFCA Division III All-Academic Teams & Scholar Athletes. His career record at Macalester was 59–237–2.

Regarding his coaching philosophy, Cross said, “I strongly believe in a well-rounded student-athlete who prepares hard and competes hard while developing an awareness for the real world and its challenges. I believe the development of skill, concentration, commitment and chemistry is everything in creating a successful program.”

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Tom Cross quick facts
  • Director of game day promotions at Macalaster College | 2000–2011
  • Football offensive coordinator at Macalaster College | 1998–2005
  • Football offensive coordinator at Harding High School | 2006–present
  • Head football coach at Concordia University, St. Paul | 1987–1997
    • UMAC Champion
      • 1988 and 1991
    • UMAC Coach of the Year
      • 1988 and 1997
  • 1997 Football Honoree | Mancini’s St. Paul Hall of Fame
  • Head softball coach at Concordia University, St. Paul | 1982–1997
    • Won nine conference championships
    • Won 273 games
    • NAIA national tournament team
      • 1987
    • NAIA Section Softball Coach of the Year
      • 1987
    • NAIA playoff bids
      • 1988–1993
      • 1995–1997
    • UMAC Champion
      • 1983–1991
  • Concordia University Athletics Hall of Fame | Class of 2008

Blue Knights fastpitch softball competes as an independent at the NJCAA DIII level. Starting spring season 2013, the team will compete as an independent at the NJCAA DII level with scholarship opportunities available. Practice this coming season begins Feb. 1, 2012.

For more information about DCTC Blue Knights fastpitch softball, contact:
  • Tom Cross
    Fastpitch Softball Head Coach

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