Former Independence High All-American quarterback Joe Cox is a new teacher and assistant coach at Mallard Creek.
Cox joined the staff in June and is the Mavericks’ quarterback coach.
“He’s been a great addition to our coaching staff,” Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri said. “It’s an opportunity to get a guy on campus who is team-oriented and a good young guy to work with our quarterbacks. Joe is a character guy and he’s got a lot of knowledge to share.”
Cox was a 2004 Parade Magazine All-American at Independence, after leading the Patriots to an unbeaten season and state championship. He was a two-time Charlotte Observer offensive player of the year. In two seasons, he threw for more than 8,000 yards. As a senior, rivals.com rated Cox the No. 7 high school quarterback nationally. Cox went onto play at Georgia.
Mallard Creek quarterback Emiere Scaife said working with Cox has been very helpful.
“He’s been a big help so far,” Scaife said. “I can’t wait to see what he does during the season. He and (offensive coordinator Aaron) Brand have been a really good combination. They are two of the best quarterback coaches, period.”