According to al.com, Cox makes his debut in Birmingham after an impressive three-season stint at Kent State, where he not only coached cornerbacks but also excelled as the defensive pass-game coordinator. Witnessing a remarkable transformation, his defensive unit jumped from 116th in pass defense in 2022 (265.6 ypg) to an impressive 50th (214.5 ypg) last season. To top it off, he took charge as interim defensive coordinator in the MAC championship game and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Before his time at Kent State, Cox served as the cornerbacks coach for Montana (2018-2020) and Sacramento State (2017). His journey into coaching followed a playing career cut short by injury, starting as a graduate assistant at UNLV and later earning a promotion to Director of Player Personnel and Recruiting in 2016. Cox holds both a bachelor’s (Political Science) and a master’s degree (Public Administration) from UNLV. Notably, he was recognized in 2023 as a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 under 35 and participated twice (2022-2023) in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Kansas City safeties coach Donald D’Alesio, “C.J. is an outstanding addition to the UAB family. A detailed and relentless worker, he is committed to bringing out the best in his players on and off the field. Get ready for an unstoppable UAB secondary under C.J.’s leadership—the sky’s the limit for him!