JEFF COOK BIO
Head Coach - Entering 13th Season
as of January 11, 2013
Entering his 13th season as the head coach of Dartmouth men's soccer, Jeff Cook has cemented himself among the many greats associated with the Big Green in its 97 years. Cook has led Dartmouth to five Ivy League Championships and seven NCAA Tournaments since his arrival in 2001. The Big Green has won four of the last eight Ivy titles (2004, '05, '08, '11) and made NCAA appearances in seven of the last eight seasons, including five straight (2004, '05, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11), advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and 2010.
Cook owns a 106-74-31 record in his 12 seasons on the bench for the Big Green and a 181-138-48 mark in 20 years as a head coach. During Cook's 12 years at Dartmouth, his players have received All-Ivy recognition 59 times, including 23 first team selections. A staggering 34 of those honorees have come in the last five seasons, earned by 15 different players. In 2008, Craig Henderson '09 became the first Cook-coached Ivy League Player of the Year and first for Dartmouth since 1992, taking the honor unanimously. Lucky Mkosana '12 was the unanimous Ivy Rookie of the Year, the first since 2002 and second under Cook. The 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 teams were honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
In true Dartmouth men's soccer fashion, the men's team put together a tough slate in 2012, playing six teams that reached the NCAA Championship. The Big Green finished second in the Ivy League standings with a 9-7-0, 5-2-0 Ivy League record after posting its second consecutive undefeated Ivy League home slate. The season was highlighted by a two first team All-Ivy selections in co-captain Kevin Dzierzawski and Alex Adelabu. The 2012 Big Green squad also produced an NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in Adelabu and had Dzierzawski and Teo Larsson-Sax earned Scholar All-Region accolades.In 2011, Lucky Mkosana '12 earned Ivy League Player of the Year honors as the Big Green picked up their ninth Ivy League title and earned its fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament. Dartmouth won the Ivy League tiebreaker after the season ended in a three-way tie. The Big Green became one of only 12 teams nationally to qualify for each of the last five NCAA Tournaments. Dartmouth traveled to Providence and dropped a hard fought, 1-0, game to the Friars in the first round.
The 2010 Big Green (12-7-1, 4-3 Ivy) earned a fourth-consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and proved its worth by winning its first and second round games, both on the road. After defeating #13 Monmouth, 4-0, in the first round and upsetting #9 Notre Dame, 2-1 in overtime, Dartmouth was the only team in the Sweet 16 to have won twice away from home. Dartmouth's run came to a heartbreaking close at #8 UCLA, losing 2-1 with just eight seconds left in double-overtime. Dartmouth finished the 2010 season ranked 16th nationally.
In 2009 (10-7-1, 4-3 Ivy), an injury to Henderson was a hit to Dartmouth's Ivy title defense, but the Big Green's solid season still warranted a third-straight NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Dartmouth went to the wire with Boston College in the first round, but the Eagles emerged victorious in double-overtime.
Dartmouth's 2008 title came down to the wire; with a Penn overtime win in the final game of the season pushing the teams into a tie for the Ancient Eight crown. Penn and Harvard joined Dartmouth (11-6-2, 5-1-1 Ivy) in the NCAA Tournament but the Big Green proved its worth as the only Ivy team to receive a national seed. Seeded 16th overall, Dartmouth earned a first-round bye and advanced past Boston College on penalty kicks, advancing in the tournament for the first time in Cook's tenure. The Big Green bowed out to defending champs Wake Forest in the Sweet 16.
The 2007 Dartmouth squad had a great run at the Ivy Championship, just missing out to Brown after a 1-0 loss to thee then 5th ranked Bears. Despite not winning the Ancient Eight, Dartmouth posted an impressive 11-4-2 overall record (5-1-1 Ivy) and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2006, injuries to key players and seven one-goal losses prevented the Big Green from securing its third-straight Ivy title, as the team went 6-8-3 (3-3-1 Ivy). In 2005, Cook guided Dartmouth to its second straight Ivy title and its third Ancient Eight crown in the past four years. The team earned its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and for the first time in school history was seeded as one of the top 16 teams in the field.
In 2004, Cook led the Big Green to the Ivy crown and its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2000. The 2003 team was unbeaten in its first six games and earned a Top-25 national ranking.
During the 2002 campaign, Cook led the Big Green to a 9-7-1 record and the school's fifth Ivy championship led by Ivy Rookie of the Year Doug Carr.
In 2001, Cook's first season at Dartmouth, he guided the Big Green to a 7-7-2 mark. Despite having a young squad, Cook led the Big Green to numerous highlights during the course of the season, including a 1-0 upset win over No. 9 Wake forest in Cook's first game at the helm.
Prior to taking over at Dartmouth, Cook was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1996-2000. He was named the 1997 Conference USA coach of the year after guiding his squad to a 7-8-3 record. He led the Bearcats to the school's first NCAA berth in 1998 and a national ranking as high as 15th in 1999. The Bearcats finished with an impressive record of 12-5-3. The 12 wins were the most by a Cincinnati soccer team since 1989.
In only his second stint as a head coach, Cook had a tough road ahead of him. He inherited a struggling program that was just 37-60-6 in five years prior to his arrival. However, Cook quickly turned the program around and reversed that to a 44-42-13 mark during his tenure.
Cincinnati earned a Conference USA tournament bid during each of Cook's five years, advancing to the semifinals twice. Two of his players earned NSCAA All-America honors, the first such recognition for a Bearcat player.
A 1989 graduate of Bates College, Cook began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts before becoming the head coach at Division III Wheaton where he posted a 31-22-4 record.
After a 6-10-2 season in 1991, Cook guided Wheaton to consecutive appearances in the ECAC Tournament. In his second season, Cook led the Lyons to a 13-6-1 record and followed that with a mark of 12-6-1 in 1993.
Cook is no stranger to the Dartmouth soccer program as he was an assistant coach under Fran O'Leary from May 1994 to February 1996. Cook also was director of coaching for the extensive Lightning Soccer program in the Upper Valley.
While with the Bearcats, he held a similar position with the Cincinnati Classics Soccer Club which included 40 teams and more than 600 players.
Cook holds a UEFA 'A' license, which he obtained in June of 2005 from the Scottish Football Association. He also holds a U.S. Soccer 'A' license and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Cook and his wife Christina reside in Hanover, N.H., with their two sons, Liam and Kieron.