On Wednesday, Jefferson County high school announced Gaines Cox as their new Athletic Director.

Cox is entering his 26th year in education and has worked for many of those years in high school athletics. He has been an assistant coach, a head coach and has served in many other capacities within the athletic realm.

Most recently, Cox coached the Jeff County baseball team from 2014-2015. He coached for two seasons before resigning due to health issues.

“I am thankful and excited for this opportunity,” Cox said. “Randy Rogers has done an incredible job as Athletics Director. Being able to have his input, guidance and leadership going forward will be extremely beneficial. Every effort will be made to continue having athletics here at JCHS will be all about the student athletes and then their coaches.”

Cox replaces Randy Rogers who has been the Athletic Director since 2011. Rogers recently accepted a job to be the Principal of Jefferson County.

“Gaines Cox has many strong qualities that will allow him to lead the athletic department here at JCHS,” Rogers said. “He will always look for what is in the best interest of the students and the athletic programs. I know he will work hard for all those associated with JCHS athletics.”