The University of Rhode Island will name David Cox as their next head men’s basketball coach.
Cox previously served as associate head coach under Dan Hurley and has been with the program for four seasons. It’s his first head coaching job at the Division I level.
Cox was considered a favorite throughout the process. He ran day-to-day operations of the program when Hurley left for UConn and maintained communication with incoming recruits. Florida Gulf Coast’s Joe Dooley was also considered a candidate and there was reportedly interest in Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry.
Cox came to Rhode Island in 2014 after spending four seasons as an assistant at Rutgers. In 2016, he was elevated to associate head coach, a role that included a payout if he didn’t get the head coaching job once Hurley left. Cox was instrumental in recruiting, securing commitments from Jeff Dowtin, Fatts Russell and three members of the acclaimed 2018 class including Jermaine Harris, Brendan Adams and Tyrese Martin.
It’s considered a critical hire for URI athletic director Thorr Bjorn and president David Dooley. After consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and on the heels of an Atlantic 10 regular season championship, the Rhody brass wants to keep momentum going. The school was not able to capitalize off the success of the late 1990’s Rams into the millennium.
Cox has deep roots in the fertile recruiting grounds of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. From 2007-2010, Cox served as an assistant at Georgetown. Prior to that, Cox was an assistant principal and head of athletics at his alma mater, St. John’s Prep in Washington D.C., from 1999-2006.
Cox is a 1995 graduate of William and Mary, where he was a three-year starter at point guard.