Johnny Cox is in his second season as the North Carolina A&T wide receivers coach. He is tasked with taking a receiving corps and turning them into playmakers.
He will rely on years of NFL experience to accomplish the feat. He spent three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting in 2009. Before landing in Jacksonville, he was an assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
During his first two seasons in Jacksonville, he was the quality control offensive coach before becoming the wide receivers coach in 2011. As a member of the Buccaneers staff starting in 2008, he was the quality control defensive coach by assisting the defensive backs and linebackers coaches.
Prior to working in the NFL, Cox spent 14 years coaching at the collegiate and high school levels. He served as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He was the head football coach for four years at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Ore. He led the school to its first winning season in 20 years in 2006.
Cox was the wide receivers coach at North Dakota State University from 2003-06. In addition to his on-field coaching duties, Cox recruited in Wisconsin and Minnesota, organized 7-on-7 summer camp tournaments and served as the staff liaison to the Diversity Program. He also served as the kickoff return coach for a season at NDSU. He helped lead the Bison to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2002. In the summer of 2002, Cox worked in a minority coaching internship position with the San Diego Chargers.
He spent a season as the offensive coordinator at Fort Lewis College, serving as the interim head coach for three months. As the interim, he was instrumental in signing the 2000 recruiting class. During the 1999 season, he coached quarterbacks, receivers and served as the director of academics and study hall.
At the University of Texas, he was an assistant graduate coach two seasons before doing the same at NDSU in 1996. Cox was an assistant coach at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo., for the 1995-96 school year, coaching wide receivers and defensive backs, and serving as the junior varsity head coach. He began his coaching career in 1994 as the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Fort Lewis College.
Cox was a two-time first-team All-American wide receiver at Fort Lewis from 1990-93 and was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1993. He also earned Fort Lewis Male Athlete of the Year honors in 1993 in addition to earning a roster spot in the Snow Bowl Division II All-Star Game. He was a finalist for the 1993 Exercise Science Student of the Year, and he was also a Fort Lewis student senator for the 1992-93 school year.
Cox competed professional with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League in 1995 and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers in ‘94. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Fort Lewis, and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Texas.