KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — David Cox was brimming with excitement Friday as he was introduced as the University of Rhode Island’s new men’s basketball coach.
“It’s an exciting day,” Cox told Eyewitness Sports Director Yianni Kourakis. “Tremendous support from everybody here and I’m just so glad that everybody came out and celebrated with me.”
Cox succeeds Dan Hurley, who left the program last month to take the head coaching job at the University of Connecticut. After serving as Hurley’s associate head coach for the past four seasons, this is Cox’s first head coaching job at the Division I level.
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Even though Cox was the clear front-runner for the job, URI President David Dooley and Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn made it clear that he did everything he could to earn the promotion.
“I’m blessed and humbled to have this opportunity. Dr. Dooley, thank you, Thorr, thank you, just for the opportunity, and Dan Hurley, for believing in me and bringing me in four years ago,” Cox said.
“I’ve learned a lot under Dan and under this current administration,” he continued. “The support has been outstanding, from the entire fan base to the alumni, obviously my players and the recruits and former players.”
Yianni will have more tonight starting at 5 on WPRI 12.