Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
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Jessica (Cox) Morris
Jessica (Cox) Morris enters her third season as the head coach of the Yellow Jackets women’s basketball program, after a highly-successful first season. Coach Cox, as she is referred to in the basketball community, led DC to a 14-12 (11-7 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), which were the best overall and conference records since the 2009-10 campaign.
Over the course of the 2012-13 season, (Cox) Morris guided the team to multiple achievements including an 8-3 home record, a six-game winning streak and a fourth-straight appearance in the HCAC tournament.
Individually, Coach Cox helped grow former Jacket Kim Comden and senior Erica King into First-Team All-HCAC members last year, as well as keeping her team strong in the classroom by notching eight HCAC Academic All-Conference honorees.
Before joining the Purple and Gold, (Cox) Morris accumulated seven years of coaching experience. The Galena, Illinois native most recently served as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Whitman College.
The Missionaries went 31-21 from 2010-2012 with Coach Cox on the staff, including a 21-11 mark within the Northwest Conference. She helped Whitman improve its record in each of her two years with the squad, while overseeing the strength and conditioning and recruiting efforts of the program.
Prior to moving to Walla Walla, Washington to join the WC coaching staff, (Cox) Morris went 32-15 as the head coach at Waterford Mott High in Michigan. The Illinois native guided the Corsairs to a six-win improvement in her second year, saw the team win league and district championships and was a nominee for Oakland County Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association for Michigan.
Coach Cox got her start on the bench as an assistant coach at Augustana College, while working as the coach of the junior varsity program at the D-III institution.
Before jumping into the coaching ranks, (Cox) Morris started every game of her record-setting, four-year career on the planks with the University of Dubuque. She was a captain of the team in each of her final two seasons and earned all-conference honors as a senior.
Coach Cox ended her standout Division III career with Dubuque as the program’s all-time leader with 247 made three-point shots and a 34.8-percent clip from beyond the arc. The sharpshooter also left with the school’s top free-throw percentage at a crisp 80.0 mark, ranked third with 298 assists and fourth with 1,328 points.
(Cox) Morris graduated from Dubuque in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in health, wellness and recreation and earned a minor in coaching. She is married to her husband, Tim, and the couple resides in Defiance.