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Gene C. Cox

Inducted 1991 (charter class)

Gene Cox has been the head football coach and athletic director for 38 years at Jefferson County High School (1958-60), Suwannee High School (1961-62), Leon High School (1963-1990), and Aucilla Christian Academy (1991-1995).

The Lake City native is the first Florida coach to win more than 300 games, with a career record of 313-100-5. Cox has won two state championships (1969 and 1974), has been runner-up twice (1972 and 1975), and coaches nine undefeated and untied regular seasons. He has had winning streaks of 16, 19 and 25.

Cox has produced four Florida Prep Players of the Year and 12 high school All-Americans. He has been named Florida Coach of the Year six times, and in 1985 was chosen as the first Florida/Georgia all-star coach (Florida won, 23-7). More than 200 of his players earned scholarships, with about 90 percent graduating from college.

He has been inducted into six halls of fame: FACA, Florida High School Athletics, Florida Sports, Leon High School, Suwannee High School, and Tallahassee Area. In 1997, the Tallahassee Sports Commission, the Leon County School Board and the Leon County Commission renamed Capital Stadium to Gene Cox Stadium.

Cox has served as president of FACA and has been given credit for starting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in North Florida.

Cox is married to the former Patsy Orr of Decatur, Ga. They have four children.