KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island Associate Head Coach David Cox earned has been recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the country.
LockDraft.com ranked the nation's top assistant coaches in a piece titled "Next Man Up." Cox – now in his fourth season with the Rams – was ranked No. 23 in the country, thanks to his efforts to help build the program through both his work on the bench and on the recruiting trail.
LockDraft.com used a formula that encompassed recruiting rankings, coaching experience and offensive and defensive team efficiencies based on data from teamrankings.com. Cox, Gonzaga's Tommy Lloyd (No. 8), St. Mary's Marty Clarke (No. 24) and San Diego State's Justin Hutson (No. 25) were the only coaches from non-Power 5 schools to make the top 25.
Cox played a major role in Rhode Island's 2018 recruiting class, which was ranked in the top 25 nationally. Over his first three-plus seasons with the Rams, the team has gone 68-37 with a pair of postseason appearances. In 2016-17, Rhode Island made its first NCAA Championship appearance since 1999, upsetting Creighton in the opening round before falling just short against eventual Final Four participant Oregon in the second round. In Cox' first season in Rhode Island, the Rams went to the 2015 NIT and made it to the second round.
During his time at URI, Cox has been instrumental in the recruitment of Indiana transfer Stanford Robinson, and Jeff Dowtin and Michael Tertsea from the prep ranks for the 2016-17 season. He also was the primary recruiter for current freshman Fatts Russell and three members of the 2018 class - Jermaine Harris, Brendan Adams and Tyrese Martin. That class was ranked as a top 25 class nationally.