|Title:||Head Men's Tennis Coach|
TJ Cox, a former All-Iowa Conference performer and current tennis pro, begins his second season as Simpson's head men's tennis coach in 2012-13.
Cox currently serves as a Tennis Teaching Pro at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, a position he has held for the past 10 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 the guidance counselor at Nodaway Valley High School in Greefield, Iowa. TJ and his wife, Carlyn, reside in Indianola.