Jden Cox embraces new journey from the mats to the sidelines

7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Sunday, November 26 2017 Nov 26, 2017 Sunday, November 26, 2017 5:53:00 AM CST November 26, 2017 in Sports
By: Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Three-time national champion wrestler J’den Cox is serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2017-18 Mizzou wrestling season. 

Cox graduated from Mizzou last spring and played in his last tournament nearly eight months ago. The new role allows him to watch performances of players and provide statistical breakdowns of each match.

“I am doing stats and trying to figure out everything from how many takedowns they get away, when they get away and escapes so we can use that to our advantage,” Cox said.

Cox said his position helps him carry over a competitive mindset from his college career, which finished with the second-most victories in program history and a 2016 Summer Olympics bronze medal.

“As a competitor it hasn’t really changed for me because I still compete. The style is different, but as far as what these guys go through and the chip on their shoulder, I still want to go through that with them.”

The Columbia native has left an impact with more than 20 wrestlers returning from last season’s roster

“It’s a blessing he’s still here helping us out still and doing great things for the program,” redshirt junior Daniel Lewis said. “It’s what got him to the level he was at and what brought him a lot of success, so that insight is super valuable everyday.”

Cox also has an opportunity to work with the same coaching staff from his senior year, led by 20-year head coach Brian Smith.

“He’s a caring person, and he cares for his program and teammates,” Smith said. “For him it comes natural, like I’m helping my friends.”

The team's expectations remains high without the three-time national champion, as Mizzou started out 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. The Tigers also won ten individual titles in Saturday’s Lindenwood Open.

“I get to learn from people that I’ve been around. I learned how they work one way, and now I get to learn in a different way how they work,” Cox said. “I know what they’re capable of, and they’re very intelligent.”

Mizzou begins a weekend road trip against Virginia Tech on Saturday and finish against Virginia on Sunday.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Columbia mom said she almost got on the duck boat that capsized on Table Rock Lake with... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:28:00 PM CDT July 22, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - After eight years serving in the Missouri House of Representatives, Rep. Gail McCann Beatty's, D-Kansas City, resignation... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:12:00 PM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - This recreational lake was just five spots shy of being the most dangerous place to... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 5:55:00 PM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
BRANSON (AP) — A memorial service is scheduled for the people killed when a tourist boat sank in a Missouri... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 1:39:00 PM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Missouri residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 12:16:00 PM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's lawyers have waived attorney-client privilege on his behalf regarding a secretly recorded conversation he had... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:49:18 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
COOPER COUNTY - A Blackwater man has died after being hit by a truck on Friday July 20, according to... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:42:15 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
BRANSON (AP) — "Grab the baby!" Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 9:59:07 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 9:54:58 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress a pile of material... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:52:51 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:28:05 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The man accused of carrying out last month's deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper has been indicted on... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:42:30 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2018 Show-Me State Games kick off Friday, bringing thousands of athletes, coaches and fans from around the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
ASHLAND – Seven locations throughout the state are open Saturday for parents to come and get their children I.D.’d, free... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:58:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin already had a "Little Nugget" onesie picked out for her before she arrived in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:35:28 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An organization backing one of three competing medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri has continued to bring... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:26:00 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A group of Columbia moms is starting Missouri Disability Empowerment, a new organization with big goals to help... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:33:00 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - 64 years later, a different lake and nearly triple the death toll, the duck boat... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 9:12:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 69°
1am 71°
2am 70°
3am 69°
4am 68°