Cox moving up to DI U. of Northern Iowa

One of JW Cox’s favorite books is Zig Ziglar’s personal growth classic, “See You At The Top.” Cox is taking another step towards the top of college sports broadcasting as the new voice of the University of Northern Iowa.

The move up to NCAA Division I is notable for Cox after spending the past 10 seasons broadcasting at Division II St. Cloud State University. Cox follows legendary voice Gary Rima at UNI.

“Gary Rima is impossible to replace, but I’m excited for all the Panther fans to get a chance to learn who I am,” Cox enthuses.

Cox’s journey to Cedar Falls has been long but impressive. The Southern California native is a 2009 graduate of Arizona State University. That is also when he joined STAA. In 2011 Cox was named the Northwood League’s Broadcaster of the Year, and joined SCSU. Three years later he was recognized in the People’s Choice category as one of the nation’s top young talents in STAA’s “30 Under 30” list. Cox added St. Cloud Saints baseball to his resume in 2014. Now it’s on to UNI.

“This is an opportunity I’ve worked towards my entire career and I can’t wait to get started,” Cox grins.

You can bet that Cox’s upward rise isn’t finished. As Ziglar wrote in his famous book, “Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.”

Six STAA members have accepted DI play-by-play jobs this off-season; five have been announced. They are:

  • John Fitzgerald, Illinois State
  • Blake Olson, Northern Colorado
  • JW Cox, Northern Iowa
  • Zach Mackey, Virginia Tech
  • Brad Klein, Western Kentucky
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