Dennis Cox leaving Clayton State basketball program

Dennis Cox

Dennis Cox

MORROW - After building Clayton State into a powerhouse women's basketball program, coach Dennis Cox has found his next challenge.

The veteran coach will be leaving the Morrow school this week for San Francisco State University, another Div. II program.

During his 10-year tenure at Clayton State, which included the 2011 Div. II national championship, Cox led the Lakers to national prominence.

He compiled a 267-57 record in leading the team into the NCAA Tournament each season.

Along with being the named the Georgia College Coach of the Year three times, he has been Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year four times, NCAA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year three times and National Coach of the Year once.

""It's an opportunity to build another program," Cox said in a statement released by the school. "Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to grow. It's going to be an adventure. It reminds me of when I came here."

New Clayton State athletic director Tim Duncan has named Lakers associated head coach Keleena Coleman as the interim coach.

"We are thrilled that Coach Kaleena Coleman has agreed to accept the challenge of leading the women's basketball program," said Duncan, who was selected the new athletic director last month. "She is a Laker through and through, having played on Coach Cox' first Laker team, is a graduate of this institution, and has recruited and coached most of the current roster.