E.A. Sports Today

Glencoe’s Cook steps down

Lady Jackets’ basketball coach resigns rather than be subjected to an uncomfortable environment
 
By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
 
GLENCOE – Daniel Cook guided the Glencoe girls basketball team to the Northeast Regional finals each of the last two seasons and had high expectations for the season ahead, but abruptly resigned his position Tuesday night rather than face an environment that made it uncomfortable to continue in the program.
 
No successor or interim coach has been named.
 
Cook coached the Lady Jackets to a 68-47 record in his four-year tenure. They were 59-31 over the last three seasons, which included two appearances in the Northeast Regional finals. They were 21-7 and 21-10 each of the last two seasons.
 
He was going have 11 players returning from the team that lost to Pisgah in the regional finals and already had the boys and girls field set for the Glencoe Holiday Shootout.
 
“We’ve got a lot of expectations for the season, but right now it’s just an environment, an atmosphere, I really don’t need to be around,” he told East Alabama Sports Today. “So I’m just kind of stepping away and just focusing on my 8 to 3 job.”
 
Cook remains at the high school as a history teacher and as a junior high football coach and head girls soccer coach.
 
“I put my heart and soul in the program and I’m really proud of the success we’ve had the last few years,” he said. “But at the end of the day there’s some things that are more important than winning a basketball game.
 
“Coaching is just getting to be a tougher and tougher profession. Sometimes it’s just best to walk away before it gets any tougher.”
 
Glencoe principal Charlton Giles, whose daughter plays on the basketball team, deferred comment to a later date.

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