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David Cox (basketball)

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David Cox
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1973-10-17) October 17, 1973 (age 50)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Playing career
1991–1995William & Mary
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1999Archbishop Carroll HS (assistant)
2006–2007Pittsburgh (assistant)
2007–2010Georgetown (assistant)
2010–2014Rutgers (assistant)
2012Rutgers (interim HC)
2014–2018Rhode Island (assistant)
2018–2022Rhode Island
2022–presentMaryland (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall64–55 (.538)

David Cox (born October 17, 1973) is an American college basketball coach, who is currently an assistant coach for the Maryland men’s basketball team.

Playing career


Cox was a four-year letterwinner at William & Mary from 1991 to 1995, where he ranks eighth all-time in assists.[1][2]

Coaching career


Earning a master's degree in education from William & Mary in 1996, Cox embarked on an education and coaching career, which saw him get his start in coaching at Archbishop Carroll (DC) as an assistant coach for the boys basketball team. In addition to high school coaching, Cox coached AAU basketball with D.C. Assault before landing his first college basketball position as the director of basketball operations under Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh in 2006.[3] Cox then returned to the Washington, D.C. area to serve as an assistant coach at Georgetown under John Thompson III from 2007 to 2010.[4] In 2010, Cox joined the basketball staff at Rutgers under Mike Rice Jr., reuniting the pair after both being assistants at Pittsburgh.[5]

After Rice was suspended by Rutgers during an investigation into his abusive behavior toward players, Cox served as interim head coach of the team, compiling a 3–0 record, however Rutgers credits all wins and losses to Rice during the 2012–13 season.[6] Cox remained on Rutgers' staff for one season under Eddie Jordan, before being relieved of his duties following the 2013–14 season.[7]

Cox joined Dan Hurley's staff at Rhode Island as an assistant coach in 2014 and was a part of the Rams' Atlantic 10 conference tournament and regular season title squads that participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2018.

On April 4, 2018, Cox was elevated to the position of head coach, becoming the 20th head coach in Rhode Island history as he replaced Hurley who departed for the head men's basketball coaching position at UConn.[8][9] He finished with a 18–15 record in his first season and 21–9 in his second. Cox was fired on March 11, 2022, after finishing with a 64–55 record in four seasons.[10]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Rhode Island Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2018–2022)
2018–19 Rhode Island 18–15 9–9 8th
2019–20 Rhode Island 21–9 13–5 3rd No postseason held
2020–21 Rhode Island 10–15 7–10 10th
2021–22 Rhode Island 15–16 5–12 11th
Rhode Island: 64–55 (.538) 34–36 (.486)
Total: 64–55 (.538)


  1. ^ "David Cox College Stats - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island". Rhode Island.
  3. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/pitt/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/DavidCoxBio.pdf Archived 2018-04-05 at the Wayback Machine [bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ "David Cox Bio". guhoyas.com. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  5. ^ "David Cox Named Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach". Rutgers University.
  6. ^ "Rutgers suspends coach Mike Rice three games". USA Today.
  7. ^ "Rutgers associate head coach David Cox relieved of duties with Scarlet Knights". 15 March 2014.
  8. ^ "David Cox Named 20th Rhode Island Men's Basketball Coach". 4 April 2018. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Rhode Island promotes assistant David Cox to succeed Dan Hurley". 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ Borzello, Jeff (March 12, 2022). "Sources: Rhode Island Rams fire head basketball coach David Cox after four seasons". ESPN. Retrieved March 12, 2022.