Tim Cox Bay Shore team celebrated another great season in 2019. They went 13-5 and finished third in Suffolk County Conference A. Coach Cox, whose coaching career spans over 30 years, has seen great success recently; In 2018, a hard fought victory over Brentwood marked the coach’s 200th high school win. With a track record that includes many playoff runs and great success in coaching generational talent, Bay Shore’s Head Coach looks to have another great year in 2021. For him, hard work and playoff contention will remain as Bay Shore’s top priorities. As the team will lose their seniors come next season, the LILJ spoke to Coach Cox on this coaching career, the cancellation of 2020, and his prediction for who will step up for the team. Read the full interview below!
Q: How did you get started coaching?
A: I started my teaching and coaching career in 1983 in Kings Park where I coached lacrosse and basketball. I was coaching football in Bay Shore at the same time and eventually started teaching at the school in 1985.
Q: What are some of your main coaching philosophies?
A: Our philosophy is to develop the boys that come into our program academically, athletically, and socially. Our goal is that they leave here better able to handle life’s challenges and become successful young men. Our motto is simple; “Play Hard and Have Fun”.
Q: Tell us about a favorite coaching moment?
A: It’s very tough to pick one single moment over the course of 30 something years; But certainly the opportunity to coach my son through his high school career was one of them. Our team has also celebrated several “upset “ wins against Ward Melville, Smithtown West, Smithtown East, and West Islip. Those were all certainly highlights!
Q: Your team went 13-5 and finished third in a talented Suffolk County Conference-A. What was the best part of that team and how are you working to maintain this level of play next season?
A: Last year we had a senior laden team. We had an excellent attack team, great speed through our midfield, and solid play from our defense and goalie. We have standards and expectations for our program one of them is that we are a playoff team. So our guys know at the beginning of each year we have to have new guys step up in order for that to happen.
Q: Who do you expect to step up for Bay Shore in 2021?
A: I expect and count on each player to improve his game individually so that collectively that makes our team better! Never falls on just one or two guys.
Q: What are you most excited for next season?
A: I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to get back out on the field and bring a sense of normalcy back to the kids. It’s often said you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught these kids its that you never know when things can just be taken away. You owe it to yourself to be the best teammate and player you can be everyday!