Joe Cox added to Alabama football coaching staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced on Friday the addition of Joe Cox to the Crimson Tide staff as a tight ends coach.

“We are thrilled to add Joe Cox to our staff to coach tight ends,” Saban said. “Joe is an exceptional young coach who has extensive experience coaching tight ends. He has an incredible enthusiasm for teaching football and is an excellent scout who works tirelessly at his craft.”

Cox arrives in Tuscaloosa after a season coaching tight ends for his hometown Charlotte 49ers. He inherits a narrow room led by senior redshirt Cameron Latu.

“I am beyond thrilled to join a program with this kind of tradition and commitment to excellence,” Cox said. “It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work for Coach Saban and learn from him. I look forward to working with this staff and the young men of this football team.”

Cox spent the 2020 season coaching wide receivers on Will Muschamp’s staff in South Carolina. USC’s receivers were led by Shi Smith, who had a team-high 57 receptions for 644 yards and four touchdowns in just nine games.

Prior to his time at Columbia, SC, Cox spent five years at Colorado State on the team starting as a graduate assistant in 2015, then coaching tight ends for three seasons (2016-18) and wide receivers in his last year in Fort Collins in 2019.

He helped propel a Rams offense that had some of the most productive seasons in school history. CSU posted two of the best five seasons in school history (3rd – 35.3 in 2016 and 5th – 33.4 in 2017) and two of the best four ratings for total offense with Cox on staff, including a school record 492.5 yards per game. in 2017 (4th, 462.5 in 2016).

Cox was on the coaching staff at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2013 to 2014, helping the school win back-to-back state championships. He joined Mallard Creek in 2013 as a quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014.

As the starting quarterback and offensive captain for Georgia in 2009, Cox completed 185 of 331 pass attempts for 2,584 yards and 24 touchdowns, at the time the second-best single-season total in league history. ‘UGA. He was the 2004 North Carolina State Gatorade Player of the Year and the Associated Press Prep Player of the Year, in addition to being named Parade magazine’s All-American at the Independence High School (NC).

Cox and his wife, Erica, married in March 2016 and have a daughter, Avery, and twins Jace and Tate.

Although the appropriate members of the Board of Directors have been informed of the proposed terms and conditions for this proposed appointment, the financial terms remain subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.”

Get all the latest team information by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General sports news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.