URI welcomes David Cox as head basketball coach

University of Rhode Island President David Dooley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn present new head coach David Cox with Rhody Rams jersey No. 1, Friday, April 6, 2018. (WJAR)

The University of Rhode Island welcomed David Cox as the new men's basketball head coach at a news conference in Kingston on Friday.

Cox served as associate head coach for the past four years under Dan Hurley, who left last month to become head coach at the University of Connecticut.

"He's played a monumental role in developing me into the person and the coach that I am today. I've worked for some very, very well known and good coaches -- Jamie Dixon, John Thompson -- but I've got to tell you that Danny has done an outstanding job for just preparing me for this particular moment," Cox said in a live interview with Sports Team 10's Joe Kayata on NBC 10 News at Noon.

Cox helped lead the Rams to a 26-8 record this season and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the second round to Duke.

He also played a big role in securing a four-member recruiting class, which the Rams hope to retain.

The school said Cox, who played at William & Mary, has agreed to a five-year deal worth $700,000 a year.

NBC 10 News contributed to this report.

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