Cox leaving for college job

Will become an assistant at West Alabama

Clay Cox led the Tigers to 37 wins— the most ever by a coach in his first two years at RHS. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Clay Cox led the Tigers to 37 wins— the most ever by a coach in his first two years at RHS. Reporter/Bill Martin Clay Cox, who was off to the best two-year start in RHS baseball history—has resigned to take a position with a college program.

Cox, 27, is becoming an assistant at West Alabama, an NCAA Division II school located in Livingston, Ala.

“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, this group truly is family”, Cox said. “I am leaving behind the best bunch of young men and ballplayers that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be around.

“They have completely bought in and sold out for us these past two years and I couldn’t thank them more.”

Cox has no ties to the school that resides in the Gulf South Conference.

“But, this is a chance to chase my dream of coaching college baseball. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often for high school coaches and it’s one I just cannot pass up”

Cox is a West native and Texas A&M graduate who came to Rockdale from Jacksboro. He led the Tigers to a 37-27 mark in his two years here including their first 20-win season and playoff victory since 2009 in 2012.

“I have no doubt that these next couple years will be some of the most successful Rockdale baseball has seen. This is a talented group of young men and their future is very bright.

“Don’t be surprised if I come knocking on the doors of some of these guys as recruits.”

Lemon leaving, new hires

Tiger defensive coordinator J.R. Lemon is also leaving after two years here and Athletic Director Jeff Miller has already found his replacement in Elgin’s Mike Dunn.

Dunn, 29, was the co-defensive coordinator at Class 4A Elgin when the Wildcats, despite placing fourth in District 17-4A, went three deep in the playoffs and finished 8-5.

Miller has also tabbed Robert Jones as the new defensive backs coach.

Jones, 30, has been employed at the new College Station High School which has yet to play a varsity game.

Dunn and Jones have several connections, including one with current Tiger offensive coordinator Hunter Hamrick.

Hamrick coached with both newcomers at Los Fresnos, which is where he came from to join the Rockdale staff last year.

Dunn and Jones were also teammates at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla. as well as remaining teammates when they both played at Oklahoma St. in the early 2000s.

At Albert, the duo figured prominently in the Titans’ string of five straight state championships.

Miller has yet to hire a replacement for Cox.

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