Jake Cox joined the Baylor staff in January 2016. He serves as associate director for athletic performance with the football program.
Prior to Baylor, Cox spent three seasons as the head football strength and conditioning coach at Villanova from 2014-16. At Villanova, he oversaw all aspects of the Howie Long Sports Performance Center, while directing strength and conditioning for football, including strength training, speed, agility, conditioning, flexibility, mobility, soft tissue work and nutrition.
Cox moved to Villanova after a one-year stint at Temple in 2013, where he worked under head strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Scott and head coach Matt Rhule. He coached the Owl football team in strength, speed and metabolic conditioning methods.
From 2011 to 2013, Cox was the director of nutrition and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Colorado. His first full-time position was at Akron from 2010-2011 where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Before his position at Akron, Cox was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Stephen F. Austin from 2008-2010. He has also held internships at Iowa, Baylor, Mid-America Nazarene and Kansas.
After playing two years at Iowa Central Community College, Cox transferred to Kansas where he was a two-year letterman on the offensive line from 2005-06. Cox graduated from Kansas in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in health. He earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin in 2010. Cox is married to the former Jennifer Himmelsbach.