||CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
After dominating in the small school B ranks at Coulee City High School, Mel Cox continued to excel collegiately at Central Washington from 1963 thru 1967. Mel was best known for his exploits on the basketball court for the Wildcats. According to Hall of Fame coach Dean Nicholson, "He was very consistent. He'd give you 22 points and 10 rebounds every night." Cox's stats proved the point by averaging 20.2, 22.1, 21.0 and 21.5 points per game during his four year career at Central. In all, he had 13 - 30 point games with 43 against Pacific Lutheran on January 25, 1964 as his all-time high. Upon graduation with 100 games played, Mel held 13 season and career school records including - Season Scoring: 666 points (1967), Season Points Per Game: 22.1 (1965), Season Field Goals Made: 263 (1967), Season Field Goals Made Percent: 60.6 (1967), Season Free Throws Made: 166 (1966), Career Points Scored: 2,120, Career Points Per Game: 21.2, Career Field Goals Made: 769, Career Field Goals Made Percent: 54.9, Career Free Throws Made: 582, and Career Rebounds: 1,017. He was a NAIA first team All-American in 1967 and was selected twice as a NAIA honorable mention All-American; was first team NAIA All-District in 1965 and 1967; and first team All-Evergreen Conference in 1965, 1966 and 1967.
Mel was also a 6-4, 230-lb. tackle on Central's football team and threw the shot and discus in track.