Assistants join Lady Lakers program

From staff reports

First-year Clayton College & State University head women's basketball coach Dennis Cox has filled out his coaching staff, naming Kate Kauffman and Alison Cox assistant coaches in the Laker basketball program.

Kauffman will be no stranger to Clayton State women's basketball fans, as she joins the staff after recently completing her senior season at the school.

A four-year letterwinner, from Lilburn, Kauffman was the team's lone senior last year and a team captain. Alison Cox joins the Clayton State program after most recently attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando. "We're excited about the energy and enthusiasm that Kate and Alison bring to the program, said head coach Cox. "It will be a learning experience for them, and for me as well, but I am confident in their ability to perform in a first-rate fashion."

In addition to their coaching duties, Kauffman and Cox will also assist in recruiting, scouting and basketball operations for the women's program.

"Kate brings a familiarity with Clayton State and the Atlanta-metro area and Alison brings a familiarity with our system. I am happy for both of them and pleased for us that they have agreed to take on the challenge of laying the foundation for a new era in CCSU women's basketball."

Kauffman will graduate from Clayton State this summer with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She played in 108 games in her Laker career, sixth best in school history.

She also ranks fourth all-time in blocked shots. She was named multiple times to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll, recognizing academic excellence in the league.

A 2000 graduate of Brookwood High School, Kauffman grew up in a basketball family.

Her father, Bob, played professional basketball for the Atlanta Hawks and three other teams, while her three older sisters played collegiate basketball at Georgia Tech and Duke.

Alison will be serving as a student-assistant coach on her father's staff, while finishing her undergraduate degree in psychology at CCSU.

She played for Coach Cox at Daytona Beach Community College in Daytona Beach, Fla., her freshman year on a team that went 26-5 and won a conference tournament championship.

A knee injury shortened her playing career, as she turned her attention to coaching.A 2001 Port Orange Atlantic High School graduate, Alison also hails from a basketball family.

Her uncle Greg Kite played in the NBA for several teams, including the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic, and her aunt, Jenny Kite, was a three-time All-State player in Florida and a standout at Brigham Young University.

Dennis Cox enters his first season at Clayton State after serving the last six years as the head coach at Daytona Beach C.C.

He compiled a 147-41 record, won three Mid-Florida Conference championships, a Mid-Florida Conference Tournament championship and had a state runner-up finish at DBCC.

His top season at Daytona Beach came as recent as the 2002-03 campaign when his Falcons finished fourth in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association final poll with a 29-2 record. Prior to his six seasons at Daytona Beach, Cox served as the head coach at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla., for eight years, where he compiled a 144-97 record.

After finishing the 2002-03 season with a 16-11 record, the Clayton State women's team finished the 2003-04 year with a 10-18 record. The outlook for next season will be bright, as the Lakers return four of the team's top five scorers and rebounders from last year.