Rutgers Assistant Cox Happy to Join Jordan

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Associate head coach David Cox enters his fourth season with Rutgers basketball in a unique situation. Helping to rebuild the roster with his recruiting ties, Cox discussed his experiences in the transition to head coach Eddie Jordan.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – David Cox has two stints as the interim head coach of Rutgers basketball. And from his perspective, there could not be a better scenario than Eddie Jordan coming back to New Jersey to take the reins.

Jordan was quick to retain Cox as his associated head coach. Both with ties to the Washington D.C. area, Cox said the program is in its "best case scenario" following a spring of ugliness.

"There's no other way you can view it," Cox said. "This group is 100 percent committed to Rutgers basketball. There were five, six guys who decided to come back. They decided that this was their home. Their teammates meant enough to them to forge together and fight a good fight. I think the public and the fans will be very excited with the product we put on the court."

Cox found himself unsure of his future while helping to hold the program to together as interim head coach after the firing of Mike Rice. He was quick to embrace the selection of Jordan to take over as coach.

The way Cox looks at the situation, every day since the April 23 press conference at the College Avenue Gymnasium, "has been a good day for Rutgers basketball.

"Coming from where we came from just a month or two ahead of his arrival, it's just phenomenal," Cox said. "Obviously the state of the program was in a bad place. Me personally, as a coach, as a husband, I was on shaky ground to say the least. I am appreciative of the opportunity that coach Jordan has given me."

Cox joined the Rutgers coaching staff four years ago when the program was at a low point following the dismissal of Fred Hill Jr. Four years and an ugly offseason later, Cox has the same goals.

The drive to turn the Rutgers program around, he said, was his initial draw to the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Eight months until Big Ten membership, the goal remains the same.

"I wanted to be a part of something big," Cox said. "I just didn't want to be another cog in the wheel. That's one of the reasons why I left Georgetown.

"I wanted to embark on something that hadn't been done in quite some time, and that's get this team over the hump and into the tournament. I still have that vision. It is as strong today as it was four years ago, especially now with Eddie onboard."

Cox spent time as a Georgetown assistant during Jordan's tenure as head coach of the Washington Wizards. Both come from Washington D.C. backgrounds, where Cox coached at Archbishop Carroll – Jordan's high school.

The local personalities, and recruiting ties, paid off early with improved team harmony.

"He's a Washingtonian, as am I," Cox said. "He graduated from Archbishop Carroll, where I worked and my younger brother graduated from. We kind of walk the same, talk the same. There is a lot of familiarity.

"He coached at the highest level, and used a hybrid kind of Princeton system that I am familiar with. Him accepting this job, and our administration going out and finding him was a perfect fit."

Jordan is a teacher for players first, but his assistant coaches are also excited to learn from him.

"He is a true professional," he said. "He is a great man. I've learned a lot from him in these six months and I am excited by our growth as a program and as a team."


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