Chris Cook ’15 will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program.
In his first year on the bench, the Blazers battled injuries to finish 13-12 overall, the program's 11th .500 or better record in its 13-year history. Davon Hill was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commowealth team, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick for the second straight year and was named the MAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Three players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and the Blazers earned an NABC Academic Excellence Award for their work in the classroom.
Cook joins the staff after playing the previous two years for the Blazers. After transferring in from Randolph-Macon College, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, graduating with a 3.35 grade point average. During his time on the court with the Blazers, Cook had a very successful playing career.
In his first year with the program, as a junior in 2013-2014, Cook helped lead the Blazers to 18-11 record. He represented the Blazers on all-tournament teams at the Shenandoah BB&T Basketball Tip Off and the Rotary of Frederick Holiday Classic. He also was named to the MAC Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court at the end of the season.
During his senior year in 2014-2015, Cook helped lead the Blazers to a 15-13 record while garnering countless accolades throughout the season. He was named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year, All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team by both D3hoops.com and the NABC 1st Team All Mid-Atlantic Region, Honorable Mention All-America by DIII New, and was one of ten national finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy (given to the country’s top men’s basketball player who embodies DIII’s academic and community service initiatives). In addition to being named to three all-tournament teams, Cook was named U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for his performance in the 2014 Frederick Rotary Basketball Tournament. He was also named MAC Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week three times.
A native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Cook earned his varsity basketball letters from Lee-Davis High School.
Cook is currently pursuing his Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Public Relations from Hood.