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Motivated by FHS chance, Cox hopes to use Wright learning curve

One of the best ways to replace a state championship head coach, perhaps, is learning from a boss that’s also reached the ultimate TSSAA goal.

And from another boss, with similar bloodlines, that almost grabbed state title success twice.

Jonathan Cox, new golf head coach of two-time defending Class AAA state champion Farragut High School’s boys golf — along with the FHS girls team — will attempt to fill the enormous shoes of retired coach Scott McKenzie.

But this 28-year-old was about to give up coaching golf after four years as an assistant coach under his father, Johnny Cox, at Anderson County High School after one season as head coach at Oak Ridge.

“Once my dad retired, I said, ‘I’m done, too,’” Cox said. “But all of a sudden this came open.

“I talked to Hayden Anderson, one of the former players (Class of 2010), and coach McKenzie,” Cox added.

“I went over there for an interview with [FHS athletic director Dwayne] Simmons, and the rest is history.”

“Farragut’s always been one of the premier programs in the area. I wanted to have my own golf team again.”

Alongside his father, the pair coached Anderson County’s girls to a second-place Class A/AA state finish in 2007, and the boys to a No. 2 state finish in 2008.

As an assistant high school boys varsity basketball coach the past five seasons, Cox said he’s learned “the recipe for success” under Fulton head coach Jody Wright.

“That’s helped me in my golf coaching as well. Just doing things the right way, working hard and showing kids you care,” Cox said of Wright, who has led his perennial powerhouse Falcons to Class AA state title honors in 2008 and 2009, plus a “final four” state finish in 2010.

A 2000 graduate of ACHS who was a first-team Ohio Valley Conference honoree, and Academic All-Conference, during his years at Tennessee Tech (2000-2005), Cox officially was hired Monday, July 12.


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