Cox named Director of Basketball Operations at La Salle

La Salle University head men’s basketball coach Ashley Howard has announced the addition of John Cox to his coaching staff. A local basketball standout as a high school player at G.W. Carver, Cox went on to have a successful collegiate career at the University of San Francisco and played professionally for over a decade.

“John Cox brings a lifetime’s worth of valuable basketball experience and credibility to our program,” Howard said. “His basketball pedigree, organizational skills and ability to cultivate relationships will make him a strong addition to our coaching staff.”

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, where his father was a professional basketball player, Cox returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to became one of the top scorers in George Washington Carver High School history. He finished his prep career with 1,798 points and averaged 29 points per game, shooting 52 percent from the field, as a senior.

Following in the footsteps of his father, former NBA Draft Pick John “Chubby” Cox, the younger Cox went on to play four seasons at the University of San Francisco and scored 1,540 points to rank ninth in school history. A 2004-05 First Team All-WCC honoree, he scored 1,066 total points over his junior and senior years alone and led the Dons to a Postseason NIT berth in 2005. He was inducted into USF’s Hall of Fame in 2019.

After his collegiate career, Cox played professionally from 2005-19 in both Europe and South America. He has represented Venezuela internationally on multiple occasions. Notably, he was part of Venezuela’s team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was the leading scorer in the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.

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