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Four-Time EWU All-American Ron Cox To Have Number Retired

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Ron Cox was a four-time NAIA All-American in his time at EWU. His number will be retired on March, 8. Ron Cox was a four-time NAIA All-American in his time at EWU. His number will be retired on March, 8.
More than 30 years later, No. 30 is going to be hung on the wall in the venue he helped open.

Ron Cox, who earned All-America recognition all four seasons he played basketball for Eastern Washington University, will have his No. 30 jersey retired in ceremonies taking place March 8 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

Formerly from nearby Coulee City, Wash., Cox played four seasons for the Eagles from 1973-77. He had record totals of 1,741 points and 1,273 rebounds in leading Eastern to a 77-30 record and three Evergreen Conference titles. The ceremony in his honor will take place prior to EWU’s home game versus Weber State, which starts at 2:05 p.m. Pacific time.

"We are very judicious when it comes to jersey retirements, but this ceremony is long overdue,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. “Ron's career speaks for itself. For him to still hold our all-time scoring and rebounding records after 35 years is truly remarkable, and certainly deserving of continued remembrance and recognition.”

Drafted in the sixth round of the 1977 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cox went on to a highly-successful high school coaching career which included 388 victories in 26 seasons. He was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 2011 was admitted to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame. Current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey is the only other Eastern player to have his jersey retired, and Cox’s No. 30 will now hang next to No. 3.

In his first two years playing for head coach Jerry Krause, the Eagles played in Memorial Fieldhouse along the East side of Washington Street. But the Special Events Center opened across the street in fall of 1975, and his final two seasons were played in the new facility (later additionally named Reese Court). In his senior season, in which the Eagles finished 25-4, Cox helped Eastern start a school-record 31-game home winning streak, which would continue until Dec. 8, 1978.

Cox received his bachelor’s degree at Eastern in 1978 and his master’s degree in 1995. He and his wife, Betty, have been married for 40 years. Their son, Jamie, 38, and daughter Tanya (Pauling), 37, also attended Eastern. They also have another daughter, Heather, 33, and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 5-years-old to a senior in high school. All live in the Spokane area.

More About Ron Cox . . .

A 1973 graduate of Coulee City (Wash.) High School, Cox started his career at Eastern in 1973-74 and earned honorable mention All-America honors after leading EWU to its first Evergreen Conference championship in 21 years. He also earned honorable mention accolades as a sophomore, then was a third team selection as a junior and a first team All-America pick as a senior. The Eagles were also EvCo champs his final two seasons.

He led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding all four years, and made 62.9 percent of his field goals in his career to establish another school record that still stands. He earned first team All-Evergreen Conference honors in his final three seasons in an Eagle uniform, and honorable mention as a freshman. He was also a first team NAIA All-District 1 pick and team MVP his final three seasons, and was team co-captain as a senior.

In establishing Eastern's career records for points (1,741), rebounds (1,273) and field goal percentage (62.9), he averaged 16.4 points and 12.0 rebounds in his career. Eastern teams were 77-30 (.720) in the four years he played. In 1977, Cox was drafted in the sixth round of the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but did not play in a regular season NBA game because of reconstructive surgery on his left ankle.

He coached Tekoa-Oakesdale to the 1992 State B Championship before becoming a graduate assistant coach at EWU for the 1994-95 season. He returned to teach and coach at Tekoa-Oakesdale prior to moving to Lakeside High School near Spokane. He was 280-199 in 19 seasons at Tekoa-Oakesdale, and was 87-57 in six seasons at Lakeside. He was also 21-8 in one season as coach of the girls’ team at T-O.

Cox was an exceptional football, baseball and basketball player at Coulee City High School, where he played from 1970-1973. His most memorable moments came on the basketball floor where he led his teams to the state tournament all four years. In that span they finished second twice and fourth once. During his junior year, Cox set a State B Tournament record with 67 rebounds in four games (16.7 per game).

In his senior season at Coulee City he averaged 25 points, 20 rebounds and shot 65 percent from the field. Cox went on to set another tournament record by making 73 percent of his shots from the field (46-of-63). He finished his career as the all-time State B career rebounding leader with 270 (18 per game), and was ninth all-time in field goal percentage (51 percent) and 10th all-time in scoring (248 points). He was also selected to the All-Tournament Team three times. By the end of his high school career, he had scored 1,823 points, 33rd all-time in the state.

His older brother, Mel, was a first team NAIA All-American at Central Washington University in 1967 and was inducted into CWU’s Hall of Fame in 1983.


http://www.goeags.com/hallfame/Photos/77mbwpCoxRon.jpg?max_height=359&max_width=234Ron Cox Career Scoring & Rebounding Totals
Year

Record

GP

Pts.

Avg.

Reb.

Avg.

FG

FGA

Pct

FT

FTA

Pct.

Ast.

Avg.

Misc.

1974

14-11

25

308

12.3

270

10.8

130

212

.613

48

76

.632

31

1.2

NAIA All-America Honorable Mention

1975

17-8

25

394

15.8

319

12.8

160

267

.599

74

110

.673

42

1.7

NAIA All-America Honorable Mention

1976

21-7

27

554

20.5

328

12.1

237

374

.634

80

110

.727

60

2.2

NAIA All-America Third Team

1977

25-4

29

485

16.7

356

12.3

202

306

.660

81

110

.736

89

3.0

NAIA All-America First Team

TOTAL

77-30

106

1741

16.4

1273

12.0

729

1159

.629

283

406

.697

222

2.1


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