Jeremy Cox Named New Men's Basketball Assistant Coach|
June 29, 2012
Cox, who spent last season at the University of Nebraska, reunites with an old friend on the South Plains.
“I am extremely excited about having Jeremy join our staff,” said Gillispie. “He is one of the best people I have ever been around. He is a multidimensional guy, which is the type of guys we like. He is probably one of the best interior coaches in the game of basketball in the world, in my opinion. I think we will definitely see immediate results there.
“We had a great time when we worked together at Kentucky and Texas A&M. We have known each other for a long time and have a level of comfort with each other. He has already come in and made an immediate impact and a seamless transition. We look forward to the impact that he can make with our basketball program. He is a great recruiter as well. He is a nation champion coach and a proven winner with an old fashioned work ethic. He’ll fit right in on the South Plains!”
Cox has 21 years coaching experience, including 10 as an NCAA Division I assistant and eight as a junior college head coach. He has been a part of four NCAA Division I postseason appearances and nine NJCAA Division I postseason appearances, including a national championship as head coach of Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2006.
“I am really excited to be back with coach in a situation that has so much potential,” said Cox. “There is so much momentum coming in with the recruiting class, the excitement of having (Gillispie) here and all the possibilities that Texas Tech has to offer, making this a tremendous opportunity for all of us.”
He has had a track record of success wherever he has gone, including stints in the Big 12, SEC, Big East and Big Ten. Cox, who has coached 10 student-athletes who have reached the NBA, spent two seasons at USF prior to joining Doc Sadler’s staff at Nebraska last season.
His two years at USF were highlighted by the program's first two wins in the Big East Tournament, including a 16-point comeback against Villanova in 2011. In his first year at the school, Cox assisted the Bulls to USF's third 20-win season with a 20-13 record and the school's first postseason appearance since 2002 (NIT). The Bulls won a school-record nine Big East contests and were led by first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, who earned honorable-mention All-America honors.
Jones, who was picked by Dallas with the 25th pick, after winning the Big East scoring title as a junior, was one of two players coached by Cox selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He joined Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson, who was the No. 14 overall selection by the Houston Rockets.
Prior to coaching at USF, Cox spent two years at the University of Kentucky for Gillispie, helping the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA tournament in 2008 and the NIT quarterfinals in 2009. In his two seasons as an assistant coach at Kentucky, the Wildcats posted 40 overall wins and a 12-4 conference record in 2007-08. That same season the Wildcats earned their 17th-straight berth into the NCAA tournament.
Cox was added to the Kentucky staff after serving under Gillispie as an assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2006-07, where he helped lead the Aggies to a spot in the Sweet 16 and a school-best final ranking of ninth in both the Associated Press and Coaches' polls. That season, the Aggies finished second in the Big 12 with a 13-3 record and were led by Acie Law, who earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was a first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Prior to his time in College Station, Cox was the head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith for three seasons, guiding the Lions to the 2006 National Junior College Championship while also being named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year. He led the Lions to an 85-15 record, three consecutive 20-win seasons and two Bi-State Conference East Division Championships.
In the 2006 season, UA-Fort Smith was the unanimous preseason No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the first time in recent history and won its first NJCAA Region II championship since 2002 and its first national championship since 1981.
Cox began his association with UA-Fort Smith in 2002 when he was hired by Sadler, then the head coach and athletics director of the school. Cox served as an assistant under Sadler for one year before Cox was promoted to head coach when Sadler went to UTEP to serve on Gillispie’s staff.
Cox arrived in Fort Smith after serving four years (1998-99 through 2001-02) as head coach at Garden City College (Kan.), where his teams amassed a 93-36 slate (.721 winning percentage).
He got his first head coaching position at North Dakota State College of Science, where he led his team in 1997-98 to a 19-9 record and the NJCAA Region XIII Championship. He was tagged 1998 NJCAA Region XIII Coach of the Year for his efforts. In eight years as a head coach, Cox's teams have compiled a 197-63 record.
Before his years as a head coach, Cox spent time as an assistant at Paris Junior College in 1992-93, and later was as an assistant at the University of Texas-San Antonio for four seasons (1993-97).
He got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at the University of Wyoming during the 1991-92 season under head coach Benny Dees.
Cox also served as the court coach for the USA Basketball Under-21 World Championships team in 2005.
Cox graduated cum laude in 1991 from Mesa State College (Colo.) and received his master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy (Ala.) in 1999.
He and his wife, Cindy, have a son, Austin, and a daughter Kaili.