ELK RIVER ELKS 3-4 YOUTH DEFENSEby Mike Cross
In this course Coach Cross shows you the Elk River's defensive package that has helped them become a program that has been extremely successful and helped them win a MN State Football Championship in 2016. The Elks have had 4 straight MInnesota State High School Tournament appearances. Coach Cross is a USA Football "Heads Up" Certified Coach, Atavus Tackling Certified Coach and a Level 1 - USA Weightlifting Certified Coach.
Coach Mike Cross begins his 28th year coaching high school football in Minnesota. Coach Cross is in his 8th year as defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Elk River High School.
Coach Cross has been fortunate to have had a wealth of positive football experiences and great football role models throughout his career. Coach Cross started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mahtomedi High School (1991-1993), Braham Area High School (1994-1998), Elk River High School (1st-1999-2002) (2nd-2014-present) and Zimmerman High School (2013). Coach Cross was also the head football coach at Elk River High School for eight years. (2003-2010).
Elk River won the 5AAAA State Football Championship in 2016 with a perfect 13-0 record. The Elks were State Runner ups in 2017 and State Semi-Finalists in both 2018 and 2019.
Mike was honored in 2016 North Central-Blue District Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2016 Butch Nash Award from the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
In 2018 Coach Cross was selected as a member of the “North” coaching staff for the Minnesota HS Football Showcase All Star Game played at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Mike received a B.S. in Physical Education and Health Education from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls(1991). Mike was a four year letterman on the Falcons football team as a cornerback and free safety. In 2001 he received his M.S. in education from St. Mary’s University. Mike also attended Hamline University for educational administration.