FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas has announced that long-time men's tennis coach Robert Cox is stepping down at the end of the season.

Cox has led the tennis program for 26 season, guiding the Razorbacks to 323 dual match wins during his career. It's an impressive number that accounts for 42 percent of the dual match wins in the program's history (762).

Cox began coaching the Arkansas men's tennis team in 1988. He stepped down after the Razorbacks went 16-16 overall, 0-12 in the Southeastern Conference in dual matches last season.

"I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to lead the men's tennis program at the University of Arkansas for the past 26 seasons," Cox said in a news release. "In that time, I have been blessed to be a part of more than 320 wins, multiple NCAA Tournament appearances and some extraordinary on-court accomplishments. However, I am most proud of the outstanding young men who have been a part of our program and all they have accomplished as Razorback student-athletes by earning their college degrees and proudly representing the University of Arkansas and our entire state."

Cox led Arkansas to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, six regional finals and one Roud of 16 appearance. He also coached 13 All-Americans.

Cox - who also played at Arkansas in 1977 and 1978 will not be leaving the Arkansas atheltic department. He'll remain part of the administration in the facilities and event management divisions.

His final duties as Arkansas coach will come later this month, when he works with doubles team of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott in the NCAA Tournament.

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau