Defiance College Women's Basketball Camps
Head CoachJessica 'Cox' Morris
Jessica (Cox) Morris enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Yellow Jackets women’s basketball program in 2016-17.
Morris led DC to a 14-12 (11-7 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) in her first season at the helm in 2012-13, which were the best overall and conference records since the 2009-10 campaign. She guided the team to multiple achievements including an 8-3 home record, a six-game winning streak and a fourth-straight appearance in the HCAC tournament.
In four seasons, Morris has coached 11 All-HCAC student-athletes, including four players who've garnered first-team accolades. Her player's success on the court has also carried over into the classroom with a total of 18 Academic All-HCAC honors.
Before joining the Purple and Gold, Morris accumulated seven years of coaching experience. The Galena, Illinois native most recently served as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Whitman College.
The Missionaries went 31-21 from 2010-2012 with Morris on the staff, including a 21-11 mark within the Northwest Conference. She helped Whitman improve its record in each of her two years with the squad, while overseeing the strength and conditioning and recruiting efforts of the program.
Prior to moving to Walla Walla, Washington to join the WC coaching staff, Morris went 32-15 as the head coach at Waterford Mott High in Michigan. She guided the Corsairs to a six-win improvement in her second year, saw the team win league and district championships and was a nominee for Oakland County Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association for Michigan.
Morris got her start on the bench as an assistant coach at Augustana College, while working as the coach of the junior varsity program at the D-III institution.
Before jumping into the coaching ranks, she started every game of her record-setting, four-year career on the planks with the University of Dubuque. She was a captain of the team in each of her final two seasons and earned all-conference honors as a senior.
Morris ended her standout Division III career with Dubuque as the program’s all-time leader with 247 made three-point shots and a 34.8-percent clip from beyond the arc. The sharpshooter also left with the school’s top free-throw percentage at a crisp 80.0 mark, ranked third with 298 assists and fourth with 1,328 points.
Morris graduated from Dubuque in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in health, wellness and recreation and earned a minor in coaching. She is married to her husband, Tim, and the couple resides in Defiance.