Jan. 10, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Longtime Southern Miss broadcaster John Cox has been named the 2012 Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Cox, the Director of Sports Broadcasting and "Voice of the Golden Eagles" at the school, currently is in the midst of his 35th season with the school and has won this award for the second consecutive year and sixth-time overall.
Dick Vitale and Mitch Albom lead the list of winners of the 2012 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Awards, announced by executive director Dave Goren, as they will enter the organization's Hall of Fame. National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Patrick and National Sportswriter of the Year Peter King will join Vitale, Albom and 106 State Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year Awards as part of the 54th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C., June 8-10, 2013.
Cox handles the play-by-play announcer duties for the Golden Eagle football, men's basketball and baseball teams. He also hosts Southern Miss Sports Today television show as well as the Golden Eagle Hotline radio show.
The Middletown, Ohio, native is a 1978 graduate of the University in radio, television in film.
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, dedicated to honoring, preserving and celebrating the legacy of sportscasters and sportswriters in the United States - for their creativity in storytelling, their pursuit of truth and their conveyance of information - all of which helps American sports fans form lifelong connections to both participatory and spectator sports. NSSA also seeks to develop educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing a career in sports media, through networking, mentoring and scholarship programs.