Jeremy Cox enters his first season as an Assistant Coach at Southern Miss. Cox has 23 years of coaching experience, including 11 as a Division I assistant and nine as a junior college head coach.
He has had a track record of success wherever he has gone, including stints in the Big 12, SEC, Big East and Big Ten. Cox, who has coached 10 student-athletes who have reached the NBA, spent two seasons at USF prior to joining Doc Sadler's staff at Nebraska in 2011.
Cox comes to Southern Miss after spending last year as the head coach of perennial Junior College power, the College of Southern Idaho. Cox led the Golden Eagles to a 27-5 record, ranking 10th in the NJCAA poll. He led CSI to the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and a runner-up finish in the Region 18 Tournament, while being named Region 18 Coach of the Year.
His two years at USF were highlighted by the program's first two wins in the Big East Tournament, including a 16-point comeback against Villanova in 2011. In his first year at the school, Cox assisted the Bulls to USF's third 20-win season with a 20-13 record and the school's first postseason appearance since 2002 (NIT). The Bulls won a school-record nine Big East contests and were led by first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, who earned honorable-mention All-America honors.
Jones, who was picked by Dallas with the 25th pick, after winning the Big East scoring title as a junior, was one of two players coached by Cox selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He joined Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson, who was the No. 14 overall selection by the Houston Rockets.
Prior to coaching at USF, Cox spent two years at the University of Kentucky under then head coach Billy Gillispie, helping the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA tournament in 2008 and the NIT quarterfinals in 2009. In his two seasons as an assistant coach at Kentucky, the Wildcats posted 40 overall wins and a 12-4 conference record in 2007-08. That same season the Wildcats earned their 17th-straight berth into the NCAA tournament.
Cox was added to the Kentucky staff after serving under Gillispie as an assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2006-07, where he helped lead the Aggies to a spot in the Sweet 16 and a school-best final ranking of ninth in both the Associated Press and Coaches' polls. That season, the Aggies finished second in the Big 12 with a 13-3 record and were led by Acie Law, who earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was a first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Prior to his time in College Station, Cox was the head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith for three seasons, guiding the Lions to the 2006 National Junior College Championship while also being named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year.
He led the Lions to an 85-15 record, three consecutive 20-win seasons and two Bi-State Conference East Division Championships.
In the 2006 season, UA-Fort Smith was the unanimous preseason No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the first time in recent history and won its first NJCAA Region II championship since 2002 and its first national championship since 1981.
Cox began his association with UA-Fort Smith in 2002 when he was hired by Doc Sadler, then the head coach and athletics director of the school. Cox served as an assistant under Sadler for one year before Cox was promoted to head coach when Sadler went to UTEP to serve on Gillispie's staff.
Cox arrived in Fort Smith after serving four years (1998-99 through 2001-02) as head coach at Garden City College (Kan.), where his teams amassed a 93-36 slate (.721 winning percentage).
Cox graduated cum laude in 1991 from Mesa State College (Colo.) and received his master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy (Ala.) in 1999