Meet the Coaches
Beth Fox is entering her ninth year as the head coach of the Muskingum women’s basketball program.
Fox the 2008-09 Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year has directed the team to its highest league finish since the 1996-97 season and took the squad to the OAC Tournament Final Four during her tenure. She coached both Jessica McKenzie and Tiffany Youel to First Team All-OAC, which marked the first time that Muskingum had placed two players on the First Team squad since 1989 when Julia Hoag and Kathy Lee both received the recognition.
Throughout her coaching stint, Fox has developed some of the top talent in the OAC. Highlighting the group of stellar Muskies are Jessica McKenzie and Tiffany Youel. McKenzie was a three-time all-league honoree, OAC Player of the Year and All-American. McKenzie ended her Muskie tenure with 1,383 career points and ranks first at Muskingum in scoring average and field goal shooting percentage. Youel was an all-league honoree and ended her career with 1,186 points.
Prior to arriving in New Concord, Fox was an assistant coach at Bluffton University for three years, where she also served as the head women's golf coach. A 1998 Bluffton graduate, Fox was a four-year varsity performer and a member of Bluffton's record-setting 1995-96 squad that was inducted into the Bluffton Hall of Fame. Fox ranks among the top five three-point shooters in the history of Bluffton basketball and holds the records for three-pointers made in a game (6), three-point field goal percentage for a season (.529, 18-34 in 1995-96) and three-point field goal percentage for a career (.360, 45-125 from 1994-98).
A native of Lakewood, Ohio (Lutheran West High School), Fox received her master's degree in education with an emphasis in sports administration in the spring of 2002 from Bowling Green State University. Fox resides in New Concord, with her eight-year old son, Gunner, and five-year-old son, Cannon.
John Ferguson is entering his first year as an assistant coach of the Muskingum women’s basketball program.
Ferguson, who last year served as an assistant coach for the Muskingum men's basketball program, spent four years (2002-06) as an assistant coach in the Cambridge City Schools basketball program. After two years (2007-09) as the assistant boy’s basketball coach at Okeechobee High School in Okeechobee, Florida - Ferguson returned to Ohio and served as the head girl’s basketball coach (2009-11) at Buckeye Trail High School.
Ferguson, an alumni of Muskingum, was a two-year member of the men's basketball program and led the Ohio Athletic Conference in three-point field goal percentage during his sophomore (1998-'99) season.
Ferguson graduated from Muskingum in 2002 with a B.A. in Physical Education.