August 14, 2009

Cox joins GSW coaching staff

Georgia Southwestern State University head men's basketball coach Mike Leeder has announced that Stephen Cox will serve as his assistant coach for the 2009-10 season. Cox has also been selected as the Lady Hurricanes new head women's cross country coach.

"I'm excited to be here at GSW," Cox said. "This a great opportunity to be a head cross country coach and to continue to build a basketball program, recruit talented players, and to have them graduate with a degree."

Cox makes his way to GSW from Savannah State University where he served as an assistant coach with the SSU men's basketball program last year.

Prior to his stint at Savannah State, Cox served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Mercer University during the 2007-08 season.

His coaching career began at Santa Fe Community College as an assistant men's basketball coach. From 2004 to 2007 he helped guide the Gainesville, Fla., team to two Mid-Florida Conference Championships. In 2007, SFCC claimed the conference title with an overall record of 26-5, including a league record of 14-1.

"I have made a lot of contacts in my years at JUCO and Division I," Cox said. "I am thrilled to keep hearing the same thing from multiple sources about Coach Leeder. 'Mike Leeder can really coach.'" 

He began his basketball playing career at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, where he led the Warriors to the 2002 GJCAA State Championship game. He wrapped up his junior college playing days ranked in the top 20 in both scoring and field goal percentage in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

Cox played his final two seasons of collegiate basketball at Clayton State, where he helped lead the Lakers to their first-ever top 20 national ranking. Cox is elated about a return to the Peach Belt Conference.

"GSW has really grown over the years and I'm happy to be a part of the ambitions (athletic director) Jaclyn (Kaylor) and the administration has set forth," added Cox. "I would like to thank Coach Leeder and Jaclyn for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to being a Hurricane."

The Peachtree City, Ga. native received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Clayton State in 2004 and earned a Master of Education degree from Grand Canyon University in 2006.

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