David Cox named Rams basketball head coach

David Cox (WJAR)

The University of Rhode Island has named associate head coach David Cox head coach of the Rams men's basketball team.

A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

"The University of Rhode Island is pleased to name David Cox as the new head coach of our men's basketball program," URI President David M. Dooley said in a news release. "David has been an integral part of building our men's basketball program to where it is today, and with his work ethic and high character, we believe he was the best person to keep us as a premiere team in the Atlantic 10 for years to come."

URI said Cox agreed to a five-year deal for $700,000 a year.

"I am extremely excited, blessed and humbled to be able to lead this program to new heights." Cox said in a statement.

Cox will replace Dan Hurley, who left Kingston after the NCAA Tournament for the head coaching position at Connecticut.

"I will forever be grateful to Coach Hurley for bringing me here four years ago and allowing me to be part of creating something so special," Cox posted on Twitter. "The foundation has been built, but that's just the beginning. I am beyond excited to get back to work with our guys as we continue to move this program forward. Go Rhody!!!"

According to his team biography, Cox came to Rhode Island in May 2014 after a four-year stint on the coaching staff at Rutgers.

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