TJ Cox, a former All-Iowa Conference performer and current tennis pro, is in his sixth season as Simpson's head men's tennis coach in 2016-17.
Cox led the Storm to 10 wins in 2015-16, the program's first 10-win season in 12 years and just the sixth in school history. Simpson went 10-11 overall.
Under Cox's leadership, the Storm pieced together an eight-win campaign in 2013-14, the most wins for the program since 2008. Simpson qualified for the Iowa Conference Team Tournament for the first time since the 2006-07 season in the process, finishing fifth after entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed.
Cox currently serves as a Tennis Teaching Pro at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, a position he has held for the past 11 years. There, he works with players of all skill sets, ranging from beginners to competitive collegiate athletes.
Cox is no stranger to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), spending two seasons at Central College. While in Pella, he led the program to a conference team title and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Cox transferred to Central for the 2000 season after a two-year stint at NCAA Division II Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. At Central, Cox earned all-conference honors in doubles as a junior and finished second in the league doubles tournament, helping Central win the Iowa Conference team title in 2000. The next season Cox captained the Dutch to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Cox still holds Central records for the highest doubles winning percentage in a season (.870, 20-3) and a career (.809, 38-9).
Cox is a 1997 graduate of West Des Moines Valley High School, where he played for two state tournament teams, including a state runner-up finish in 1996. He graduated from Central in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Drake University in 2008.
He currently serves as a counselor at Valley. TJ and his wife, Carlyn, reside in Carlisle.
Cox at Simpson
|Year||Overall Record||IIAC Record||IIAC Finish||Notes|
|2014||8-13||2-4||6th||5th place - IIAC Tournament|