MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
Women’s soccer names Deb Cox as assistant coach
The JU women’s soccer program has found a true diamond in the rough as head coach Brian Copham announces Deb Cox as his new assistant coach on Monday.

Cox comes to JU after spending the last five seasons as the head women’s soccer coach at Holy Cross. Overall, she has logged a total on eight seasons at the helm of a women’s soccer program at the collegiate level.

“We are very excited to have Deb join us at JU,” said Copham. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and passion to our program. We are fortunate to have found not only a great coach but also a great person to join us. I am looking forward to working with her and having her become a part our program.”

“I’m excited for this opportunity,” said Cox. “This is a great atmosphere for soccer and I’m happy to be a part of the program. I got a chance to work with the team on Friday to get ready for our last spring game, which made me want the 2009 season to get rolling as soon as possible. This is going to be a great experience.”

While with the Crusaders, Cox led her teams against some of the toughest competition in the northeast and through the grueling schedule of the Patriot League.

In 2008, Cox helped guide Katherine Donnelly to Patriot League “Rookie of the Year” honors after she posted a team-high eight goals and 19 points. Donnelly, along with fellow teammate Shelby Stand, also earned first team all-conference accolades.

The Crusaders got it done in the classroom as well after having 48 players named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll during Cox’s tenure.

Prior to Holy Cross, Cox was the head coach for the West Chester (Pa.) women’s soccer team from 2001-2003. During the 2003 season, Cox helped West Chester win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The Golden Rams went as far as the Sweet 16 in the tournament, while also finishing the season ranked 15th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) polls.

Cox served as an assistant at the University of Dayton in 1999. While at Dayton, she helped the Flyers win the 2001 Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles. She also helped the team advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament that season.

As a player, Cox was a three-year captain at the University of Michigan from 1994-97. She earned all-Big Ten honors (first team-1995, second team-1994 & 1996) in three consecutive season, while also being named as an academic conference all-star in 1996 and 1997. In the Wolverine record books, Cox is fifth in games started (82) and assists (19) and ranks sixth in points (61-21 goals and 19 assists).

Cox, whose maiden name is Flaherty, married her husband Johnny in June of 2008. He is currently the quality assurance/offensive coach on the Jacksonville Jaguars staff.