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MDC Athletics Director to be Inducted in to the Florida Community College Activities Association Hall of Fame

James Cox, MDC Athetics Director

MDC Athletics Director James Cox

Miami, November 12, 2008 - James Cox, athletics director at Miami Dade College (MDC), will be inducted into the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m., at the International Plaza Hotel, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. This latest honor is an addition to Cox’s long list of accomplishments, including being inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2001, having served as Tournament Director for the national championships for seven years and being honored as NACDA Southeast Region Athletics Director of the Year in 2003.

“It is a great honor to be voted into the FCCAA Hall of Fame, especially by my peers,” Cox said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career of providing guidance and service to our students and helping them accomplish their athletic and academic goals. “

Cox has worked at MDC for more than 31 years, serving as sports information director and assistant director of Athletics prior to his current position as collegewide director of Athletics. Under his guidance, the MDC has captured numerous national, district, state and conference championships, with hundreds of student-athletes being named to All Academic and All American teams. Since Cox assumed the helm of the athletics program in 1997, MDC leads the state in the number of conference championships won and post-season appearances.

In addition, he currently serves as assistant regional director for Men’s Athletics for the National Junior College Athletic Association; serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics and also as district representative for the National Association of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators.

A Miami native, Cox is an MDC alumnus and earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and a master’s degree in human resource management from St. Thomas University. He has served in many leadership roles within the FCCAA and the Council of Athletic Affairs (CAA), including chair of the CAA from 2005-2007; chair-elect of the CAA from 2003-2007; member of the FCCAA Executive Committee from 2002-2007; chair of the Southern Conference, 2000-2004; and state sport chair for both men’s basketball and baseball.

The Florida Community College Activities Association, Incorporated (FCCAA) is a statewide non-profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, Theatre and Visual Arts. Hall-of-Fame nominees shall include individuals who have raised the level of awareness in community college athletics and academics through their distinguished achievement and excellence in one or more community college athletic or academic programs sponsored by the Association; or through their contributions to community college athletics or academics in other fields of work. These individuals may include student athlete/participants, advisors/coaches/directors, administrators, contest officials, media personnel, sports medicine personnel, athletic trainers, or distinguished volunteers. Nominees may be retired from their field, or still active. Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character.

For further information on the event, please contact Jeb Blackburn, executive director of the FCCAA, at 850-222-2949.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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