Many fans love to look back at the glory days of Cougar basketball. Those were the days when if you did not arrive at the John R.W. Brown Gymnasium you would be standing all night as the gym was filled. The days when the gym literally shook when the Cougars were on the floor. Back when legendary Cougar Coach Len Pierce led the team onto the court. Now one of the people from those days has taken over the Cougar Basketball program following the resignation of Matt Housley at the end of last season. That man’s name is Darrell Cox, who is a Cougar Basketball Alumni from the Class of 85.
Following his days as a Cougar he went on to become a Railsplitter of LMU. While at LMU he played for Rick Byrd, who went on to coach at Belmont University in Nashville, a positionhe holds to this day and boasts 7 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances. While at LMU Cox racked up some impressive stats. During the 1986-87 season Cox had an impressive 635 point, 230 rebounds, 44 assists, 28 blocked shots, 44 steals, all while boasting a .582 shooting percentage. He is now a member of the LMU Basketball Hall of Fame.
After college Cox did not step away from basketball. Instead he became a coach. He even has a state title ring he earned as an assistant coach at Fulton High School in Knoxville. Fulton is coached by another man with local ties and that is the legendary Jody Wright. Wright is one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the history of the area. This puts Cox as a branch on an extremely successful coaching tree.
Cox has been a head coach most recently at Clarksville’s Northwest High School. Now he is coming home to take over Cougar Basketball.Though he has not taught in Campbell County before his father Harold Cox was a beloved teacher at LaFollette Middle School for a number of years.
Cox will finish out the year in CLarksville.