Present Kameron with TU soccer gear
Hurricane signed seven to national letter-of-intent on Wednesday
Justin Cook is in his ninth season at The University of Tulsa as he has been an assistant coach the past five years and before that served as a graduate assistant coach for three seasons.
Cook’s responsibilities include practice and gameday preparation, video coordination, overseeing team travel and recruiting, as well as working daily with the attacking players.
During his time at Tulsa, Cook has helped the Hurricane clinch three regular season and five conference tournament championships. He has also helped Tulsa post an overall 99-49-16 record, advance to the NCAA Tournament in six of the eight seasons, including a quarterfinal appearance in 2009, and earn a school-best No. 2 national ranking in 2010. In 2009, Cook helped bring in the top recruiting class in Conference USA according to Top Drawer Soccer, while the 2012 signees were ranked ninth nationally, and five of the last six classes have been ranked among the top-30.
Cook has coached five players to seven M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch Lists, including Chris Clements (2008), Ashley McInnes (2009, 2010), Joe Salem (2009), Justin Chavez (2010, 2011) and Austin Neil (2010); three All-Americans in Clements (2007-NSCAA Third Team), McInnes (2009-College Soccer News Third Team) and Neil (2009-NSCAA Third Team); Dominic Cervi who played for the United States U-23 in the 2008 CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament; Quinton Duncan who played for the U-20 Canadian National Team in the 2014 Milk Cup in Ireland; and Akeil Barrett and Tony Rocha who were drafted by Orlando City as the 25th overall pick and Sporting KC as the 73rd pick in the 2015 SuperDraft, respectively.
He has also been instrumental in coaching 27 All-Midwest Region players, 17 Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week selections, 11 College Soccer News National Team of the Week honorees, seven Soccer America National Team of the Week selections, three national Players of the Week, four TDS Team of the Season players, three national All-Freshman Team selections and two TDS All-Rookie Squad honorees.
On a conference level, Cook has coached 41 all-conference performers, 30 Players of the Week honorees, 27 All-Tournament Team performers, 13 All-Freshman Team selections and two All-Rookie honorees.
In 2014, Tulsa recorded an 11-6-3 overall record, including a 5-2-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference, captured The American tournament title and played in the first round of the NCAA Championship in 2014. TU played five top-25 teams for a 3-1-1 mark, including a 1-0 win over then third-ranked Virginia, which claimed the 2014 NCAA Championship, and had seven clean sheets on the season.
In 2013, the Golden Hurricane posted an 11-6-3 mark, recorded seven shutouts, faced four teams ranked in the top-20 and concluded the season ranked 24th in the nation in total goals (37).
The 2012 season was a comeback year as Tulsa nearly tripled the wins mark from the previous season with 14, won its fourth C-USA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Hurricane recorded eight shutouts and faced five opponents ranked among the nation’s top-25. TU finished the year ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (2.29 gpg) and total goals (48), and seventh in total points (134).
The 2011 season was plagued with youth and injuries as the Golden Hurricane recorded a 5-12 overall record.
In 2010, Tulsa earned a school-best No. 2 national ranking for three straight weeks, finished with double-digit wins for the 10th time in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history and fourth-straight year. TU concluded the season ranked 10th in the nation in total goals (42) and 15th in scoring offense (2.0 goals per game).
The Golden Hurricane won its third-straight Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, posted a 15-5-2 overall record, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in school history, and concluded the year ranked No. 7 in all five national polls in 2009. Tulsa recorded seven shutouts and faced six opponents ranked among the nation’s top-30.
The 2008 men’s soccer team posted a 16-4-3 overall record and captured C-USA regular season and tournament titles. The Golden Hurricane also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, set a new school record with 16 wins and earned a then school-best No. 5 national ranking by Top Drawer Soccer. Tulsa recorded 10 shutouts and faced six opponents ranked among the nation’s top-30.
The 2007 season was also a record-setting year for the Golden Hurricane, as Tulsa (15-3-2) claimed the C-USA regular season and tournament titles after tallying a 6-0-2 league mark, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, captured 15 wins for the most in school history at that point and earned a then school-best No. 6 national ranking by Soccer America. TU received the NCAA Champions in Scoring award for scoring a 2.6 goals per game average, the most for any Division I program on the year, recorded eight shutouts and faced five opponents ranked among the nation’s top-20.
Cook came to Tulsa after serving as a volunteer coach at UCF during the 2006 season, where he helped the Knights post a 3-3-2 mark in Conference USA.
A four-year letterwinner at Ohio State, Cook concluded his career ranked second among the school’s career leaders in goals (33), as well as the Buckeyes career shots leader (191), season shots leader (71) and tied for first in career assists (17). He picked up Soccer America All-Freshmen team honors in 2000, and earned NSCAA and NCAA Third-Team All-America accolades in 2004. Cook was a four-time all-conference selection, and is one of only two players in Big Ten history to be awarded both Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2000) and Big Ten Player of the Year (2004) accolades.
Following his senior season, Cook became the first Buckeye player ever to be invited to the Major League Soccer combine and later was drafted by the Chicago Fire before suffering a career-ending injury. Cook also played with the Central Florida Kraze of the Premier Development League and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 PDL National Championship.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Cook received his bachelor’s degree in sports and leisure studies from Ohio State in 2004, and received his master’s degree in business administration from Tulsa in 2009.
He and his wife, Stefanie, reside in Tulsa. They have two daughters, Piper McKenzie Ann and Riley Elizabeth Ann.
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