Markell Cox has been named head women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Director of Athletics Padraic McMeel said the program has more than 65 applications for the women's basketball position.
“Throughout the process with the committee, we kept coming back to one person – Markell Cox. We are excited to announce Markell as the next head women's basketball coach of the Cotton Blossoms," said McMeel.
Cox succeeds Greg Long, who was at UAM for one season. Long accepted a position to be the head coach for Mississippi College women's basketball. After being picked 12th in the GAC Preseason Poll, the team concluded the year with a 20-11 overall record and a 13-9 GAC mark, and made it all the way to the GAC Championship Tournament Final.
"As a Memphis, Tennessee native, with family in Mississippi and attending University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Markell brings a knowledge of southeast Arkansas and is excited to be establishing roots here in Monticello. We are happy to get Markell to campus and continue building on the legacy of Blossoms basketball,” McMeel said.
Cox is known as a recruiting specialist, with strong ties in the United States and Internationally. He has helped rebuild programs doubling the win total for the four previous schools he has been with in one-years' time.
Cox journeys to UAM from Cincinnati Christian University. He was at CCU for two years, joining the program in 2017. There, he helped CCU reach the conference tournament for the first time in 10 years in 2018-19. That season, the team registered the most conference wins in the River States Conference era.
Prior to CCU, Cox wore many different hats as the assistant women's basketball coach, assistant facilities manager and the women's golf head coach at Urbana University in Ohio from 2015 to 2017.
His previous stops before Urbana were at Clark State Community College (2015-17) and Southeastern Illinois College (2013-14). He also has AAU coaching experience with the Dayton Lady Hoopstars and was a Nike U.S. Sports Camp Director.
"I am excited to be back in an area I consider home and to carry on what has been a great tradition for the Blossoms in a storied program. We're going to continue engagement in the community, raise the team GPA and establish a culture of excellence," said Cox.
Cox earned his bachelor of science in business education from UAPB in 2010 and has another bachelor of science in physical education and business education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013.
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