David Cox, another coach with local connections, joins Willard’s staff in Maryland – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Former Rhode Island head coach David Cox has joined Kevin Willard’s staff at the University of Maryland, adding another coach with local ties to the Terps bench, the school announced on Monday.

A native of Landover, Md., Cox has led the Rhode Island Rams in the Atlantic 10 for the past four seasons, setting a 64-55 record. Before that, he spent 4 years as an assistant at the school under coach Dan Hurley and 4 years as an assistant at Rutgers.

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In a statement, Maryland introduced its local roots – Cox also served as an assistant at Georgetown and St. John’s Prep in Washington, DC and head coach at Archbishop Carroll in Washington, DC – and recruiting relationships.

“I am humbled and honored to be able to return home to Maryland and be part of the Terp family,” Cox said. “I grew up in Landover, the hometown of Len Bias. I’ve been to games at the Cole Center and Comcast and coached many future Terps over the years. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the staff alongside Kevin. This is a great fit and we can’t wait to embark on the recruitment and development of future stars of Maryland basketball. ”

Cox began his coaching career as an assistant coach with AAU’s Washington DC Assault, where he worked with eventual NBA players Michael Beasley and Dante Cunningham and future Terps Chris McCray and Adrian Bowie.

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“We are delighted that David will be joining our team in Maryland,” said Willard. “He grew up near our campus and has a lot of connections with the DMV. He has extensive experience as a head coach and more than 20 years on the sidelines in the Northeast. He’s developed some of the best players in the Big East and Atlantic 10 and we’re excited he’s going to make a big impact with the Terrapin basketball program. ”

Last week, Terps officially announced the hiring of Tony Skinn, an assistant at Ohio State last season who grew up in Takoma Park and played college basketball at George Mason in Fairfax, Va.

At Rhode Island, Cox coached one of Maryland’s outgoing seniors, point guard Fatts Russell, who joined the Terrapins at the start of the 2021-22 season as a graduate transfer and averaged 15 ,1 points per game, 3.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

In four seasons with the Rams, Russell averaged 13.4 points per game, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals, winning the All-Atlantic 10 twice twice.

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Cox played as a guard at William & Mary, playing in 109 games between 1991 and 1995. He finished his career with 670 points, 336 assists and 216 rebounds.

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