Dennis Cox served as the women’s basketball coach at Clayton State from 2004 to 2014, winning 267 games against 67 losses in that time period, 80% of the teams games. Clayton State won the first women’s basketball National Championship in the Peach Belt in 2011, which was also the first national title for any team in the southeast region.
From 2010 to 2013, the Lakers were nearly unstoppable, going 96-6 overall and 52-1 in conference play. Clayton State won seven PBC regular-season championships in his 10 years and four PBC Tournament titles.
A three-time PBC Coach of the Year, Cox was named the WBCA National Coach of the Year in 2011. His teams reached the NCAA Tournament 10 straight times, winning the region title and advancing to the Elite Eight four times, more than any PBC women’s basketball program.
During his tenure, he coached 23 PBC All-Conference players, two All-Americans, a PBC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and four straight Defensive Players of the Year.
He left Clayton State following the 2013-14 season as the second-winningest active coach in Division II and the winningest coach in any sport in Clayton State history.
Cox celebrates winning the 2011 DII National Championship