Stacy Winifred Cox, 35, a Washington area native and standout high school basketball player who became a teacher and assistant coach of women's college basketball teams, died Nov. 8 after a car accident near Port Elizabeth, N.J. She lived in Pennsauken, N.J.

Ms. Cox, a former assistant coach of the Wake Forest University women's basketball team in Winston-Salem, N.C., was driving alone on New Jersey State Highway 47 when her rental car crossed the center line and collided head-on with a truck, according to a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.

She was taken by Medivac to a shock trauma center in Atlantic City and pronounced dead there. Police are continuing an investigation into the accident.

She was a star basketball player at Herndon High School from 1978 to 1982, playing all four years on the varsity squad. Born in Washington, she spent the early part of her childhood in Upper Marlboro and her teenage years in Fairfax.

Her athletic skills led to a scholarship to Radford University in Radford, Va., where she played four years as a wing and point guard. With bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Radford and with a firm understanding of the workings of basketball programs, she set off on a dual career as a teacher and coach.

In the mid-1980s, she spent a year at Herndon High School as a physical education teacher and unofficial assistant basketball coach. She was an assistant coach of the women's basketball teams at Radford from 1987 to 1990 and at Temple University from 1990 to 1995.

She then taught health and physical education in southern New Jersey elementary and junior high schools before joining the coaching staff at Wake Forest University in the mid-1990s. In October, she returned to New Jersey to work as an elementary school teacher.

Survivors include her father, Ron Cox of Knoxville, Tenn.; her mother, Margaret Cox of Great Falls; a sister, Noelle Cox Wimer of Great Falls; and her paternal grandmother, Eunice Cox of Gadsden, Ala.