Rhode Island hires David Cox as new head coach

Rhode Island Athletics

Rhode Island named its new head coach on Wednesday as associate head coach David Cox will be promoted to head coach.

The Rams announced the hiring of Cox, a four-year associate head coach under Danny Hurley, to a five-year deal worth $700,000 per year in an official release.

“The University of Rhode Island is pleased to name David Cox as the new head coach of our men’s basketball program,” Rhode Island President David M. Dooley said in the release. “David has been an integral part of building our men’s basketball program to where it is today, and with his work ethic and high character, we believe he was the best person to keep us as a premiere team in the Atlantic 10 for years to come.”

A former assistant coach at Rutgers and Georgetown, while also spending time as a director of operations at Pitt, Cox is getting his first chance to be a Division I head coach with this promotion. A noted recruiter who has landed transfers, high school players and three members of the current Class of 2018 recruiting class, Cox gives Rhode Island a solid chance at some stability following the departure of Hurley.