Tiger Style Legend J’den Cox Named USA Wrestling Freestyle Development Coach

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Former University of Missouri wrestler J’den Cox was named the National Freestyle and Resident Coach, USA Wrestling announced Tuesday, July 9.

While in the role, Cox will coordinate U.S. Pan American and World Teams at the U15, U17 and U20 levels, while managing USA Wrestling’s Elite U20 Resident Program out of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Additionally, he will work with national freestyle coach Bill Zadick and freestyle programs manager Joe Russell on other projects as part of USA Wrestling’s professional national freestyle coaching staff.

“I was overjoyed and overcome with emotion. Being able to find this opportunity was overwhelming. It is a great position, and anybody who is somebody should want to be in this position. The legacy that has been building around USA Wrestling, the bar that has been raised in freestyle wrestling, is amazing. I am honored to be in a position to help young men develop as people, first and foremost becoming great men, and then as athletes. I am excited to get to work and have an effect on the future of USA Wrestling,” said Cox.

The Columbia, Missouri, native, earned four state titles for the Hickman Kewpies before becoming a standout in the Tiger Style program. Cox brought home three NCAA titles for Mizzou in 2014, 2016 and 2017 at 197 pounds. On the international stage, he earned two Senior World titles (2018 and 2019), a World silver medal (2022) and two World bronze medals (2017 and 2021). His highest achievement, however, was an Olympic Bronze Medal in Rio, at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Head Coach Brian Smith said, “I’m excited for J’den and his next stop in life. He will be an exceptional role model and coach for all the young athletes coming into the USA developmental program.”

Cox served as a volunteer assistant coach for Smith in 2017 and was inducted into the Mizzou Hall of Fame in 2022 as one of the most accomplished and successful athletes in the long history of athletics at the University of Missouri.


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