The University of Vermont’s first-ever Division I men’s hockey head coach has died from coronavirus complications, according to the UVM athletic department.
Jim Cross coached the Catamounts from 1965 to 1984. Cross was at the helm when UVM moved from the Division II level to Division in 1974. That year, his peers in Division II voted him National Coach of the Year. In their final two seasons of Division II play, the Cats won both their conference regular-season and conference tournament championships.
That was as much as any Division II team could accomplish; the NCAA did not hold a Division II national championship tournament until 1978.
Cross also coached two other varsity sports at UVM; he guided the golf team for a decade and was even the school’s interim baseball coach at one point. He was a member of the UVM Athletic Hall of fame and will be a 2020 inductee into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim Cross was 87 years old.