July 17, 2012
There is little doubt that John Cox would be a "shoe in" for an award that recognizes the Big Green donor who supports the foundation from the furthest distance. Working as an international nurse, John lives in Saipan, which is the largest island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), an unincorporated territory of the United States. The Commonwealth consists of a chain of fifteen tropical islands located in the western part of the Pacific Ocean.
When we asked John how he ended up on an island located 11,000 miles from his alma mater, he remarked a couple of years ago he was working in Huntington during an extended winter and had not seen the sun for several days. At that point, he decided to do a simple job search in the nursing field for a location in a tropical climate. Two month later, he landed in Saipan where the year round average temperatures are a high of 87 and a low of 70.
Cox received his bachelor of arts in exercise physiology from Marshall and after graduation enrolled in the nursing program at St. Mary's Medical Center. He has 3 daughters Katie, Ashley and Lauren. Katie is attending culinary school in Fairmont, Ashley is enrolled in the pharmacy program at the University of Charleston and Lauren is following the same career path as her father as and exercise physiology major at Marshall.
Favorite Marshall Moment
Without question, it was the 1992 National Championship. I remember running down the hill with all of the fans and celebrating on the field. After the game, I felt that this program had finally "arrived!"
Favorite Marshall Athlete
It's a tie between Randy Moss and Chad Pennington. Randy is a freak athlete and seemed to really relish being a great player. As I watched him play, I remember thinking to myself that no one on the field could cover him one on one. With Chad, what else can you say other than he is a gentleman, a leader and a great ambassador for this program. He has the leadership skills that most athletes wish they could have.
Why do you give to the Big Green?
I live 11,000 miles away and by making an annual contribution to the Big Green I feel connected to the University and the athletic program. I take great pride in "spreading the word on the Herd" on the island where I live. He remarks that he hosts game watching parties for his friends on the Island, and for some of them, Marshall Football is the only football they know.