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University of North Texas - Men's Basketball
University of North Texas - Men's Basketball

Coaching Staff


TJ Cox
Camp Director


TJ Cox is in his first year as Camp Director for Coach Grant McCasland and the University of North Texas men's basketball program.

Cox joins the Mean Green from Arkansas State where he served under McCasland as a graduate assistant during the 2016-17 season. While at Arkansas State, TJ was a part of Arkansas State’s fourth 20-win season in school history and had the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I basketball in 2016-17. During his role as a graduate assistant, Cox assisted the staff in the areas of player development, scouting, on campus recruiting, video breakdown, scheduling, and team travel.

Prior to his time at Arkansas State, TJ was able to learn under NBA trainers Brandon Payne and Blake Boehringer as an employee at Accelerate Basketball Training located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some noticeable clients he assisted during his time with Accelerate consist of: Stephen Curry (NBA), Anthony Morrow (NBA), Seth Curry (NBA), Brian Roberts (NBA), and Antawn Jamison (NBA, Retired 16-year veteran).
Cox received his Bachelor’s degree from Covenant College where he graduated as an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in coaching, psychology, and business.

During his time at Covenant College, Cox was able to hold the status of captaincy while leading the school to its’ first NCAA tournament Division III appearance. In addition to that, Cox was named USA South First Team All-Conference, USA South Conference Tournament MVP, and National Association of Basketball Coaches Second Team All-District.
 
Ross Hodge
Associate Head Coach

Ross Hodge, a 15-year coaching veteran, has been named the associate head coach for North Texas men’s basketball. Hodge enters his first season with North Texas in 2017-18. 

Hodge joins the Mean Green after spending a season with McCasland at Arkansas State. Hodge was named the No. 6 recruiter in an ESPN.com top-10 list of recruiters outside the high-resource conferences. Hodge was a part of Arkansas State’s fourth 20-win season in school history and had the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I basketball in 2016-17.

Prior to Arkansas State, Hodge spent four seasons with head coach Larry Eustachy at Colorado State. Hodge served as the lead recruiter at Colorado State and helped the Rams to an 87-48 record over his four-year stint. During his time at Colorado State, the Rams advanced to postseason play twice, including the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

During Hodge’s time in Fort Collins, the Rams completed a four-year stretch with 87 wins, the most in program history. Colorado State led the Mountain West in scoring each of the past two seasons, ranking 36th nationally in 2015-16 averaging 79.4 points. The Rams posted a program-best 27-7 record in 2014-15, concluding the year with an NIT appearance.

Hodge was named a top-five assistant coach in the Mountain West conference by Next Up Recruits in 2013. The Rams went 26-9 in 2012-13 bowing out in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion Louisville. The Rams led the nation in rebound margin (+11.9) and ranked 31st in scoring margin (+9.3) and Colorado State entered the national polls for the first time since 1954.

Hodge joined the Division I coaching ranks when he was hired by Eustachy as an assistant coach at Southern Miss prior to the 2011-12 season. The Golden Eagles posted a 25-9 record and finished second in Conference USA with an 11-5 mark. Southern Miss received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed.

Before joining Eustachy at Southern Miss, Hodge compiled a record of 146-24 in head coaching stints at Midland Junior College (2009-11) and Paris Junior College (2006-09). In his two-year stint with Midland College, Hodge guided the Chaparrals to an impressive 63-7 (.900) record. Hodge saw his 2010-11 squad post a 33-4 record while winning the Western Junior College Athletics Conference Title, the Region V Tournament championship and advance to the NJCAA Championship game. In his first season (2009-10), following McCasland’s departure to Midwestern State, Hodge led Midland College to their best start in program history (26-0) and an appearance in the Region V Tournament title game.

Hodge coached for four years at Paris Junior College, the last three as head coach. In those three seasons, Hodge led the Dragons to an 83-17 (.830) record. The Dragons won two Texas Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championships and in 2006-07 he was named the conference coach of the year. The following season, Hodge earned Region 14 Coach of the Year honors after his team won the Region 14 Tournament and finished eighth in the NJCAA Tournament.

Between 2003 and 2005 Hodge served as the assistant men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he helped the Lions to the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference Championship, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.

Hodge was a two-year starter at Paris Junior College, where he won the Bobby Walters Leadership Award in 2001. He finished his playing career at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he was honored with the Terry Allen Award for leadership and positive representation on and off the court in 2003.

Hodge, a native of Dallas, Texas, and his wife, Shelly, have a daughter, Emery, and a son, Reed.
 
James Miller
Assistant Coach


James Miller was named assistant coach at North Texas and enters his first season with the Mean Green in 2017-18.

Miller spent one season at Arkansas State, helping secure a 20-win season, including eight non-conference wins over Division I opponents. Miller was a part of the second biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I as the Red Wolves had a 10-win improvement in 2016-17.

Before ASU, Miller spent one season as an assistant coach at University of Nebraska Omaha. The Mavericks ended the 2015-16 campaign with an appearance in the second postseason tournament in the Division I era of the program with an invite to the College Basketball Invitational.

Omaha, which ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (85.3 points per game), finished third in the Summit League. The Mavericks ranked fifth nationally in steals per game (9.4) and 12th nationally in turnovers forced per game (15.8).

Prior to joining the staff at Omaha, Miller was head coach at New Mexico Junior College from 2012-15. Over his three seasons at NMJC, Miller led the Thunderbirds to a 77-23 record. In that span, 21 players went on to sign NCAA Division I scholarships with programs including Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and NC State.

Miller directed NMJC to a 23-9 record in his final season, which included a run to the semifinals of the Region V Tournament. In his first two seasons, Miller guided the Thunderbirds to a 54-14 record and two consecutive trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. Under Miller’s guidance, the 2013 team won the Region V Championship, securing the first national tournament bid for the Thunderbirds in 17 years.

Miller spent three seasons as assistant coach at NMJC before being named the head coach. Before NMJC, Miller, a native of Colorado, served as the assistant coach under coach Pat Eberhart for four years at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Before he arrived at CSU-Pueblo, Miller served as an intern for the Arizona State University men's basketball program and as a manager for the Colorado State University men's basketball team, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree. Miller went on to earn his Master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado in 2007.

He is married to the former Darlene Tafoya and the couple have a daughter, Mia.
 
Jareem Dowling
Assistant Coach

Jareem Dowling was named assistant coach at North Texas and enters his first season with the Mean Green in 2017-18.

Dowling brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to North Texas. Most recently, he spent a year as an assistant coach with McCasland at Arkansas State.

Before ASU, Dowling served as the head coach of the Scotland Performance Institute, a prep school in Scotland, Pennsylvania. While with SPI, Dowling developed several players that went on to earn college scholarships, including three that signed with Division I programs.

Prior to SPI, Dowling spent three seasons at Southern Miss as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Golden Eagles post a three-year record of 65-37 (.637), while earning a pair of postseason berths. Three players during that span garnered All-Conference USA honors.

In 2013-14, Southern Miss posted a school record 29 wins, claimed a share of the C-USA regular season championship, posted a perfect 15-0 record at home and made its second straight trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. The 2012-13 campaign saw Southern Miss post a 27-10 record and capture its first postseason victories since 1988, as Southern Miss made a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals.

Dowling moved to Southern Miss after spending one season at Morehead State. In his lone season with the Eagles, Dowling assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practice/game preparation and player development. He was also responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all student-athletes in the program.

He joined Morehead State's staff after three seasons in a similar capacity at Slippery Rock. Dowling helped the Rock to three consecutive winning seasons, including 21-win campaigns in 2008-09 and 2010-11.

Prior to Slippery Rock, Dowling was an assistant to legendary junior college coach Bill Lewit at Cecil College. Dowling's recruiting and scouting contributed to a 97-6 overall record in three seasons from 2005-08.

Cecil won three Maryland state regular-season championships, three state tournament titles, two regional championships, two Holiday Tournament championships and the 2006 NJCAA Division II national championship during Dowling's tenure. The Seahawks also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in each those three years.

Originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dowling moved to Wilmington, Del., during his high school years. He led Howard High School to the Blue Hen Flight B championship game and the state's final four as a senior. Dowling earned honorable mention all-state and first team all-conference honors that season, also securing a spot in the Delaware State Blue and Gold All-Star Game.

Dowling was a two-year starter at Cecil, leading the team to the 2000-01 Maryland JUCO regular-season championship. He earned all-tournament honors in addition to receiving the team's Hustle and Defense Awards. After an injury in 2001-02, Dowling led the Seahawks to the Region XX Championship and the NJCAA Division II Final Four in 2002-03. His two-year record at Cecil was 51-11 and he played with nine eventual Division I players.

Dowling then transferred to Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a two-year starter. He scored a career-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, against Baylor. He earned his degree in sociology from UMES in 2005.

He also boasts multiple years of high-level international coaching experience, dating back to 2007, when he worked for Virgin Islands Basketball Federation (VIBF) at the junior level. During his seven years with the VIBF, he led Virgin Islands national teams to two silver medals and a pair of bronze medals.

Dowling served as head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 Junior National Team in 2008 and led that squad to a silver-medal finish at the Caribbean Basketball Championship in Antiqua and Barbuda.

His Virgin Islands national squads have participated in FIBA events in Puerto Rico, the United States, Antigua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Brazil - giving Dowling beneficial basketball contacts around the globe.

Dowling earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from UMES in 2005, and he received a master's degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Dowling has daughter, Laiya Croix Dowling.