The Kansas State football program is making another change to its coaching staff as head coach Bill Snyder announced in a release Sunday that linebackers coach Mike Cox is not returning.
“I appreciate the time I have spent at K-State coaching and mentoring so many great young men, but it’s time for me to step away and focus more on my family and my children,” Cox said. “I look forward to following the Wildcats next season and for many years to come.”
Cox joined the staff in 2012 and coached players like Arthur Brown, Emmanuel Lamur and Elijah Lee. Cox’s salary was $305,000.
Coaches have often left Snyder’s staff to take other jobs, but it’s rare for a coach to leave the program without another position elsewhere.
“We are grateful for what Mike has done for our program and young people and respect the decision he has made to spend more time with his family,” Snyder said.
It’s the second change to the staff this season after co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Del Miller announced his retirement in February. He was quickly replaced by former K-State quarterback Collin Klein, who will focus on quarterbacks.
A national search for a new linebacker’s coach is underway.
Spring practice begins on March 29.