Frosty Cox

Frosty Cox (1908-1962)

Teams coached: Colorado Buffaloes, Montana Grizzlies
Colorado record: 147-89 (.623)
Montana record: 80-85 (.485)
Overall record: 227-174 (.566)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0  
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1940, 1942, 1946)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0 
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1942)
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1940)
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1938, 1940)
  • Mountain States Regular Season Champion(1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1955-1962 Montana
1944-1950 Colorado
1935-1942 Colorado
1934-1935 Kansas (asst)

Frosty Cox Facts

  • Forrest B. Cox
  • Born January 22, 1908
  • Died May 22, 1962
  • Hometown: Newton, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: University of Kansas (BA, 1931)
  • Earned three letters each in football (playing fullback/halfback) and basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks
    • Played basketball for legendary head coach Phog Allen; was an All-American in 1930
  • Later spent one season as an assistant on Allen’s staff before becoming a head coach
  • Was the head coach at Colorado from 1935-50 (with a two-year gap without games due to World War II)
    • Went 147-89 in 13 seasons as the Buffs head coach, going to two NITs and three NCAA Tournaments
    • Reached the 1942 Final Four, won the 1940 NIT title and finished runner-up in the first ever NIT (1938)
  • Stepped away from coaching to work in the cattle business in his native Kansas
  • Returned to coaching in 1955, leading the Montana basketball program for seven seasons
    • Went 80-85 with the Grizzlies, but failed to reach the postseason
  • Retired from coaching after the 1961-62 season and died just a few months later in Missoula
    • Inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2014

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