Jamie Cook Named Director of Navy Track and Field
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today the hiring of coaching veteran Jamie Cook as the Director of Navy Track and Field for both the men's and women's programs. Cook joins the Naval Academy after an impressive career as an assistant coach at both Penn and Oregon, where he coached Olympians, National Champions and All-Americans.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be given the opportunity to represent the Naval Academy as the Director of Track and Field," Cook said. "My family and I are happy to be back on the East Coast and I can't wait to become part of the community in and around Annapolis. There is tremendous history in the program and I welcome the responsibility which has been entrusted in me to help educate, motivate and support our student-athletes and staff moving forward."
"It has been a great challenge to hire a person to fill the shoes of Stephen Cooksey, who has meant so much to our midshipmen and the Academy," Gladchuk said. "He has been an educator, a mentor, a coach, a leader and a role model to everyone in our profession. Steve has been the bar to which every coach, teacher and administrator has been measured. I could never thank him enough for what he has meant to the Naval Academy.
"As we move forward and use this opportunity to reorganize, it makes sense to bring in a proven professional who will lend extraordinary coaching and leadership to both the men's and women's programs," Gladchuk added. "Jamie Cook has all the credentials, experience and determination to ensure Navy track and field remains a premiere program in the League and our region."
"Jamie is a passionate leader with a great love for the sport and the student-athlete experience," said Rob Mullens, University of Oregon Director of Athletics. "During his time at Oregon, we enjoyed unprecedented success, including many national championships and Olympians. He has been a part of an incredible run by the Oregon Ducks. He has coached athletes at the highest level and played an important role in their development into championship caliber athletes. He is extremely passionate about the sport and the student-athlete experience and that will provide outstanding leadership for the midshipmen at the Naval Academy."
"Thank you to Chet Gladchuk and the entire administration for having faith in my ability to help build our nation's next leaders," Cook added. "I look forward to the challenge and hope to continue building on the legacy which the previous coaches have established. Stephen Cooksey is an icon in our sport and someone who I have admired for a very long time. His tradition of winning speaks for itself. Working alongside a highly respected and distinguished coaching staff with their 100+ years of service at Navy will be a privilege as I learn the inner workings of what it takes to succeed in Annapolis. It is my objective that our student-athletes work to find the right balance between education, training, and competition before they become commissioned officers."
Cook is a 17-year veteran of coaching, serving most recently as assistant coach for seven years at the University of Oregon and 10 years prior at the University of Pennsylvania. During his coaching tenure, he has worked directly with sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, pole vaulters, multi-eventers and relays. While at Oregon, he oversaw the combined events as well as high jump, pole vault, and men's hurdles. In addition, Cook served as the recruiting coordinator which saw the Ducks continually being recognized as No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
In conjunction with his coaching duties, he has developed training programs with an emphasis on speed development that have been used by Olympians, as well as players from the NFL, Major League Baseball, and English Premier Soccer League. Cook is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Cook has directly worked with several athletes in the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games, including a pair of finalists in the 2016 Rio Olympics -- Devon Allen (United States) and Johnathan Cabral (Canada), who finished fifth and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles, respectively. Allen was a three-time NCAA Champion in the hurdles and posted the second fastest time in NCAA history, winning the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 110m hurdles with of time of 13.03. Cabral was the 2016 and 2017 Canadian 110m hurdles champion. Cook will coach Allen and Cabral at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in London on August 6-7.
In his seven years at Oregon, Cook guided athletes to 27 All-America honors, 18 individual conference titles and six individual NCAA Championships. He assisted on all 15 of the Duck's men's and women's NCAA titles in the men's and women's track and field program. His athletes also played a substantial role on the conference level, where the Ducks were undefeated -- sweeping seven men's and women's Pac 12 titles -- during his tenure.
Cook developed six-time All-American Dakotah Keys into one of Oregon's all-time greatest decathletes. The three-time Pac-12 decathlon champion finished fourth in the heptathlon at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and third in the decathlon at the 2014 and 2015 Outdoor Championships. Keys, a four-time NCAA outdoor qualifier, was joined by Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado at the 2015 championships, where Oregon was awarded the Webb Cup for the nation's top decathlon program.
Cook also worked with Brianne Theisen, who swept the NCAA indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she set the collegiate and Canadian record in the pentathlon (4,555 points) and set the NCAA meet record with 6,440 points in the heptathlon, the second-best score in collegiate history, before going on to the London Olympics to represent Team Canada.
Prior to Oregon, Cook was the top men's assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 2001-10. During his tenure with the Quakers, Cook coached 64 Ivy League champions, oversaw seven school records, and helped Penn capture a pair of team titles (2001, 2002). The Quakers placed 11th at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He was also the combined events coordinator for the prestigious Penn Relays for 10 years.
Off the track, Cook played a key role in Penn's track and field alumni relations, which helped lead to the establishment of a $1,000,000 endowment in 2003 and saw an annual fundraising total of $250,000 in 2010.
Prior to joining the Quakers' staff, Cook was a three-time All-American in the decathlon for Penn State from 1995-98, where he was also a Big Ten, IC4A, and Penn Relays champion in the multi-events during his collegiate career.
Additionally, Cook was honored as a three-time Academic All-American while competing for the Nittany Lions. He was a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials competitor in the decathlon, and competed in six USA Track & Field combined events (decathlon / indoor heptathlon) from 2002-05. He also represented the United States versus Germany in the Decathlon Duel of 2003. His personal best in the decathlon of 7,853 points came during his 2004 Olympic Trials year.
Cook graduated from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology in 1999 and then in 2006, completed his work in the executive education program at Penn's Wharton School of Business with a concentration in finance / accounting.
Cook and his wife Kristin are the parents of two children, son, Calvin, and daughter, Sara.