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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Nov 9, 2023

On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset presented by CoachComm, C.J. Cox, the Corners coach at Kent State, shares how coaching many positions has benefitted him, how he found his voice as a young coach, and where he has seen the most growth throughout his career. Coach Cox, a member of the 2023 AFCA 35 Under 35 Class, is in his third season with the Golden Flashes.  

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Show Notes:  

0:59 Introduction 

1:17 When did you decide to be a football coach and was that your plan going into college?  

3:15 Benefits of being around and coaching many different positions 

5:36 Learning from other coaches and past experiences 

8:04 Experience as the Director of Player Personnel at UNLV 

10:34 Concern with serving in an off-field role  

11:54 Getting back on the field at Sacramento State 

14:13 Importance of having conversations with your Head Coach 

15:53 Learning curves in your first year with your own position and your own room 

17:42 Preparing to be knowledgeable in coaching an unfamiliar position 

20:05 Transition to Montana  

22:38 Approaching tough conversations with people affected by moving jobs  

24:32 Experience having 3 jobs in 3 years at 3 different places 

26:34 Finding your voice as a young coach 

29:20 Transition to Kent State 

31:58 Approaching moving conversations with your wife 

34:07 Experience as an interim DC  

36:59 Biggest areas of growth throughout your career  

39:24 Conclusion