With his team in the finals of the NCAA Division II national championship, Clayton State head women’s basketball Dennis Cox received the highest possible honor that a coach can at any level.
Cox was selected on Wednesday as the Russell Athletic/WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association) Division II National Coach of the Year. He becomes the first Clayton State head coach ever in any sport to earn a National Coach of the Year honor.
This is the third postseason honor this season for Cox. He was also selected Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the second time during his tenure at Clayton State. In addition, Cox was also honored as the Whack Hyder State of Georgia Women’s College Coach of the Year for a second straight season.
Cox has paced Clayton State to a banner season in 2010-11. The Lakers are currently 34-1 overall and are ranked second in the nation in Division II. Clayton State became only the second team in Peach Belt Conference history to have an undefeated regular season in women’s basketball, and the Lakers’ 34 victories are the most in a season by a Peach Belt women’s program.
In seven seasons at Clayton State, Cox is 183-45 with a winning percentage of .803. That makes him the second-winningest active head coach at the Division II level in women’s basketball.