KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island men's basketball assistant coach David Cox has been promoted to associate head coach, Dan Hurley announced today.
"For the past two seasons, David has proven to be an invaluable member of our coaching staff. From his efforts on the recruiting trail, to his on-court coaching, to serving as a role model for the young men in our program, this promotion is well-deserved. He will be a head coach in the very near future," Hurley said.
Cox is entering his third season as a member of Dan Hurley's staff and has been a valuable member of the Rhody basketball program since his arrival in Kingston. He was instrumental in the recruitment of the Rams' four-player class in the fall – which ranks as one of the top recruiting classes in the Atlantic 10.
"I am humbled and thrilled for the opportunity to work with our student-athletes, Dan Hurley, and our basketball staff on a daily basis," Cox said. "It is an exciting time for Rhode Island basketball, from the foundation we are laying here to the bright future ahead."
Prior to arriving at URI, Cox served for four seasons as the associate head coach at Rutgers, helping the program recruit the 15th-best class in 2011. He served as the interim head coach for a three-game stint in December 2012, guiding RU to a 3-0 record.
From 2007-10, Cox served as an assistant at Georgetown, helping to guide the Hoyas to a trio of post-season appearances. In 2007-08, Georgetown compiled a 28-6 overall record en route to winning the Big East Championship and earning a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 2009-10 Hoya squad also won 28 games and en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Cox entered the college ranks as the director of basketball operations at Pittsburgh for the 2006-07 season and was part of the Panthers' staff that went 29-8 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Landover, Md., Cox first coached at the high school level at Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C. from 1996-99. He spent the next seven years as an assistant principal at his alma mater, St. John's Prep in Washington, D.C. from 1999-2006, where he oversaw the school's athletic department, supervised all extra-curricular activities, and served as the school's head of discipline. Cox began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Washington D.C. Assault AAU program, helping guide the team to the under-16 national championship in 2004.
A 1995 graduate of William & Mary with a degree in sociology, Cox was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at point guard for the Tribe for head coaches Chuck Swenson and Charlie Woollum. He finished his collegiate career with 670 points, 216 rebounds, 336 assists and a .352 3-point field goal percentage and his name is located throughout the Tribe's record book. Cox still ranks among school leaders in several statistical categories, including 3-point field goals made (sixth, 137), total assists (eighth, 336); and 3-point field goal percentage (ninth, .352). His career-high 12 assists against George Mason in 1995 still ranks third among all-time single-game performances in W&M basketball history.
In 1996, Cox earned his master's degree in education from William & Mary. He and his wife Tasha have two children - Leila and Jacob.