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From Staff Reports
National championship now in tote, the postseason honors keep rolling for Clayton State women's head basketball coach Dennis Cox.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Cox has been selected as the 2011 Schelde North America/Women's Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year. It will be published in the April issue of Division II Bulletin.
Cox paced the Lakers to the best season in the history of Clayton State women's basketball with an overall 35-1 mark and the NCAA Division II National Championship - the first in program history and the first in Peach Belt Conference history. This is the second national honor for Cox. Last week, he was also selected as the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) Division II National Coach of the Year.
In addition, Cox was also selected Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year and the Whack Hyder State of Georgia Women's College Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
"The talent level in Division II basketball has never been higher, so coming out on top with a national title is a major coaching accomplishment. Dennis did a great job with his team this season and is most deserving of this honor," said Women's Division II Bulletin editor and publisher Gary Rubin.
"The award dates back to 1993 and he joins a long list of distinguished winners. Along with Schelde North America, we are pleased to recognize him for his achievement and hard work."
With a record of 184-45 and winning percentage of .803 in seven seasons at Clayton State, Cox is the second-winningest active head coach in women's basketball at the Division II level.
CLAYTON STATE FINISHES NO. 1 IN FINAL USA TODAY/ESPN DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL: The final USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll was released on Tuesday, and the NCAA Division II National Champion Clayton State Lakers finished on top.
Clayton State, which defeated Michigan Tech 69-50 in Friday's Division II National Championship game, received 625 points and all 25 first-place votes in the final poll. Behind Clayton State was Michigan Tech, Arkansas Tech, Northwest Missouri State and Metro State.
Overall, three Peach Belt Conference programs finished nationally-ranked in the final poll. In addition to Clayton State, Lander finished ranked sixth in the nation, while USC Aiken was ranked 13th.