CCGA Scholarship to Honor Coach Gerald Cox | Local News
The memory of a renowned former College of Coastal coach will live on in the form of a new scholarship.
Polly Cox, wife of late coach Gerald Cox, recently donated $ 5,000 to launch the Coach Cox Memorial Scholarship for Men’s Basketball at the CCGA.
The scholarship is intended to honor coach Gerald Cox, who passed away in 2020, and his service to the college’s men’s basketball program.
The scholarship will support male basketball student-athletes who embody what Cox tried to instill in the young men he coached.
During his 32 years in college, Cox played many roles. He was sports director and physical education instructor alongside his coaching work.
Cox led the Mariners to seven Georgia College Athletic Association conference championships between 1982 and 2011, while Coastal Georgia was still competing as a junior college.
He retired in 2014 and earned the title of “Men’s Basketball Head Coach Emeritus” in recognition of his contributions to the college and the community.
The college honored him in 2020 by naming the Howard Coffin Gymnasium Field Coach Gerald Cox Court.
The Coach Gerald Cox Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to student-athletes who embody the Athletics Department’s SAILS motto (scholarship, athletic excellence, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship) and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
“He’s always been humbled by the accolades he’s received, and he would love that,” Polly Cox said. “I saved most of his money, and that’s one way I think he would be very happy to have used it. Spending money to honor him is what I want to do. .
She also challenges anyone who knew or were touched by Coach Cox to donate in honor of his legacy.
To donate to the Coach Cox Memorial Scholarship, visit www.ccga.edu/ coachcox.