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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rutgers announces David Cox hiring

Rutgers formally announced the hiring of David Cox Tuesday as Mike Rice's top assistant.

Cox, an assistant at Georgetown for the past three seasons, worked with Rice for a year at Pittsburgh, where Rice was an assistant to Jamie Dixon and Cox, a former standout guard at William & Mary, was the director of basketball operations.

The press release from the school is below:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 18, 2010) -
Rutgers University head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice announced today that David Cox has been named to his staff as associate head coach. Cox arrives “On the Banks” after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown University.

“David brings a great deal of successful experience to our program,” said Rice. “In addition to his coaching talents, he has well-established recruiting ties in the Mid-Atlantic region. David has driven players to achieve throughout his career and we look forward to him mentoring our young men here at Rutgers.”

Cox served under head coach John Thompson III from 2007-08 to 2009-10, helping the Hoyas to a trio of post-season appearances, including NCAA Tournament berths in 2008 and 2010.

Prior to his position in the nation’s capital, Cox was director of Basketball Operations for head coach Jamie Dixon at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006-07. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, served as a liaison to athletic department officials and coordinated practice, game day and daily schedules. During his season with the Panthers, Cox worked alongside Rice, who was an assistant coach.

Cox spent seven years as an Assistant Principal at his alma mater, St. John's Preparatory High School, in Washington, D.C. His many duties at SJPHS from 1999-2006 included oversight of the school's athletic department, supervision of all extra-curricular activities and serving as school disciplinarian.

Cox first coached at the high school level at Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C., where he was an assistant from 1996 to 1999.

Cox began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Washington D.C. Assault AAU program. He helped guide the team to the under-16 national championship in 2004. In assisting D.C. Assault head coach Curtis Malone, several of his players earned college scholarships, including Tre Kelley (South Carolina), Chris McCray (Maryland), Michael Beasley (Kansas State/Miami Heat), Nolan Smith (Duke), Dante Cunningham (Villanova/Portland Trail Blazers), Arinze Onuaku (Syracuse) and Adrian Bowie (Maryland).

As a collegiate player, Cox lettered four seasons at William & Mary for head coaches Chuck Swenson and Charlie Woollum. A three-year starter at point guard from 1992-95, Cox concluded his career with 670 points, 216 rebounds, 336 assists and a .352 three-point field goal percentage. He remains ranked among school leaders in several statistical categories including career assists (eighth, 336), career assist average (ninth, 3.08 apg.), career three-point field goal percentage (ninth, .352), career three-point field goals made (sixth, 137), season three -point field goals made (sixth, 57) and owns two of the school's top-10 best season assists totals. His career-high 12 assists against George Mason in 1995 still ranks third among all-time game performances in William & Mary basketball history.

Cox graduated from William & Mary in 1995 with a sociology degree and later earned his Master's in Education from the school in 1996. He and wife Tasha have two children.


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