Clayton State’s Cox selected RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year
ATLANTA – March 19, 2012 – The WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) released its 2012 Division II Region Coaches of the Year on Monday, and for the second straight year, Clayton State's Dennis Cox was honored as the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division II Region 3 Coach of the Year.
Cox was one of eight Region Coach of Year recipients this season at the Division II level. The other seven are Southern Connecticut State's Meghan Burke Brown (Region 1), Edinboro's Stan Swank (Region 2), Ashland's Sue Ramsey (Region 4), Valdosta State's Kiley Hill (Region 5), Pittsburg State's Lane Lord (Region 6), Wayne State's Chris Kielsmeier (Region 7) and Cal-San Diego's Charity Elliott (Region 8).
Each of these region winners are now finalists for the 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced during the second annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 2, in Denver. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's "Final Four."
Cox last season was selected as the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year in leading Clayton State to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Coming off that national championship season, Cox kept the Laker women playing at a high level this year. Clayton State finished 29-4 overall and won its fifth Peach Belt Conference regular season championship in the last eight seasons. In addition, the Lakers advanced to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship game and to the second round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Cox was honored as Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the third time during this tenure at Clayton State. In addition, he also accomplished two tremendous coaching milestones this season milestones this season. Clayton State's 85-47 victory over Augusta State on Jan. 14 was Cox's 200th victory at Clayton State, and the Lakers' 78-44 victory over Montevallo on Feb. 22 was the 500th of his collegiate coaching career.
With a record of 213-49 in eight seasons at the Laker helm, Cox has an impressive winning percentage of .814, making him the third-winningest active head coach at the Division II level. His overall collegiate coaching record is 504-187.