July 28, 2010

Wilson, Cross Joining Rutgers Coaching Staff

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J.
– Rutgers University men's lacrosse coach Jim Stagnitta announced today that Errol Wilson and Rob Cross have been added to his coaching staff. Wilson will take over as the associate head coach replacing Jim Rogalski, who left RU to take the head coaching job at Scranton University, while Cross will serve as an assistant coach, replacing Jason Basso.

"I am excited to bring these two young men into our program," Stagnitta said. "They bring a wealth of experience as Division I coaches and players. Their diverse coaching backgrounds, work ethic and character were exactly what we were looking for in replacing two quality assistants in Jim Rogalski and Jason Basso. I look forward to working with Errol and Rob and seeing the impact they will make on the program both on and off the field."

Wilson arrives "On the Banks" after serving as an assistant at Brown University since 2006. While with the Bears, Wilson served as the offensive coordinator and goalie coach helping the program reach new heights by winning the Ivy League title in 2008, and gaining an NCAA berth in 2009.

Wilson also helped develop some of the finest players in the nation during his time at Brown. As goalie coach, Wilson mentored Jordan Burke, one of the top goalies in the nation. Under Wilson's tutelage, Burke was named the 2009 USILA Goalie of the Year, was twice named the Ivy League Player of the Year, was a First Team All-American and was twice honored as the New England Player of the Year.

In addition to his work with the Brown goalkeepers, Wilson created and implemented schemes and gameplans for the Bears' offense, worked with offensive players on developing their individual skills, assisted in the clearing game, managed game day personnel and substitutions, and did extensive recruiting.

Wilson came to Brown from Stony Brook, where he was a four-year goalie for the Seawolves, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Economics. Wilson is a member of US Lacrosse and the Rhode Island Lacrosse Association.

Cross arrives "On the Banks" after assistant coaching stints at Harvard, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Mercyhurst College.

In his most recent stint at Harvard, Cross served as the team's offensive coordinator and was in charge of implementing offensive strategies for all even and extra man situations. The Crimson offense flourished under Cross' tutelage, ranking in the top-20 in scoring offense and in the top-15 in extra man offense. While at Harvard, Cross also assisted in the organization and planning of practices, film breakdown, scouting reports and recruiting.

Prior to Harvard, Cross served as assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator at his alma mater, UMBC. During his three seasons with the Retrievers staff, UMBC advanced to three NCAA Tournaments (2007, 2008, 2009), were the America East Conference Champions twice (2008, 2009) and boasted one of the most powerful offenses in collegiate lacrosse.

Prior to his time at UMBC, Cross spent a season at Mercyhurst College where he served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. During his season at Mercyhurst, the Lakers advanced to the Division II National Semifinals and were among the Division II leaders in total offense.

Cross got into coaching after a solid playing career at UMBC where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Retrievers. Cross graduated from UMBC in 2005 with a degree in sociology.

Rutgers finished the 2010 season with a 6-8 record and placed fifth in the final BIG EAST standings with a 2-4 conference mark.


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