Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Cox, Holloway Look Past Stereotypes to Head-coaching jobs
About five years ago, when David Cox was coaching with the DC Assault AAU program, he attended a tournament in Los Angeles and spoke with someone he described as an influential basketball person with “very, very strong NBA contacts.”
When Cox informed the man that he planned on one day becoming a head college basketball coach, the man, who was white, asked Cox, who is black, “What would you describe yourself as? An X’s-and-O’s guy, or just a recruiter?”
Before Cox could get an answer out, the man said sharply, “Please don’t tell me you think you’re both.”
Cox said the implication was immediately clear: Because he is black, the perception was that he couldn’t handle both aspects of coaching.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.