SSN Coach Profile: David Cook, softball

SSN Coach Profile: David Cook, softball

Tatum Keaffaber

 

David Cook, more commonly known as Mr. Cook, has been coaching softball since the 1988 or ’89 season.

In these years of coaching, he has done a tremendous job. Such as, being state champs in 2007, state runner-up in 2010, and being put in the 2014 hall of fame, courtesy of ICGSA. His love of softball started, as well as a multitude of high school sports, as he is present at the majority of games across the board, is because he grew up playing baseball. He would often watch his friends participate in other sports and attending many games growing up.

However, there is more to softball, he says, than home runs and strategy, it is the players themselves. Cook likes to implement many lessons into the girls. Helping them prepare for the road ahead called life, as well as “being outstanding ladies on and off the field”. He preaches hard work and determination, along with respect. From respecting your elders to the very people you are up against.

One of the most touching moments Cook has experienced, he says, was the feeling of becoming state champs in the 10th inning in 2007. But, THE most touching moments are still going on currently. Such as being able to go to the weddings of some of the girls he coached way back when. Because he saw them grow up, get married, and have a family, which is touching, to say the least.

Despite his last name, Cook is not the biggest fan of cooking he says. Rather, he spends his time checking up on sports games and getting together with friends to watch a big game.