Ronald Ray "Coach" Cox
Ronald R. “Coach” Cox, 56, entered the presence of the Lord on July 20, 2020.
He was born on November 28, 1963 to the late Eddie Cox and the late Gloria Hart Cox. He grew up in Springfield, Louisiana and attended Springfield High School. Ronald ran track and played for the Bulldogs's 1982 state championship team. In addition, he attended McNeese State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree. Ronald was an educator and basketball coach for 32 years. On February 29, 2020, Ronald celebrated his retirement with family and friends. His memories will forever be cherished by his daughter Erica Gray and his grandson Zaylin Gray both of Lake Charles, Louisiana; siblings Larry (Lula) Hart, Marrero, Louisiana; James (Shauntacleer) Cox, Hammond, Louisiana; Brenda Betts, Springfield, Louisiana; Michael (Evangeline) Cox, Sr., Houston, Texas; Irma (Anthony) Vereen, Pearland, Texas; Karen (Samuel) Brumfield, Houston, Texas; and Paula (James) Geathers, Houston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Clarence Betts, Sr.
Ronald was a faithful member of Sweet Home Baptist Church in Albany, Louisiana where he taught Sunday School. In addition, he served on the Education Committee and a member of the Sweet Home Baptist Church Brotherhood. He loved sharing the Word of God with family and friends.
Ronald played four years at McNeese State, with Hall-of-Famer Joe Dumars as his roommate. Although playing in the National Invitational Tournament in his junior season was a highlight to his college career, Ronald admits what stuck in his mind most was some of his one-on-one action against Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone. Of course, the “Mail Man” as he was best known as, went on to a star-studded career in the NBA.
After graduation, Ronald joined Norman Picou, Sr.'s staff at Ruston High School for one year, before spending two seasons as a volunteer coach under the mentorship of the late Tommy Joe Eagles at Auburn University.
For the next eight years, Coach Cox was an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University under 3 different coaches; the first year with Don Wilson, the next two with Picou, and the final five under John Myles.
After a one-year stint at Nashville-based Tennessee State University, Ronald came full circle and earned the head-coaching job at Ruston High School. There, Ronald led the Bearcats to 3 consecutive playoff appearances. Later Ronald became Livingston Parish's first black head coach in a high school setting since the desegregation of parish schools and was named as Albany High's new boys’ basketball coach. He coached at St. Helena Central High School after leaving Albany High. Ronald ended his career in 2019 as assistant principal and head basketball coach at Amite High School where he won numerous district titles. Coach Cox’s influence and dedication will be remembered for generations.
Funerals by N. A. James, Hammond
Friday, July 31, 2020
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sweet Home Baptist Church, Albany
Saturday, August 01, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM