Originally published on Saturday, June 16, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Victoria High graduate Tommy Cook has been named the assistant director of football operations for the University of Kentucky.
Cook has spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Wildcats.
Cook will assist Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips and director of football operations Nolan Jones in the day-to-day internal and external operations of the football program.
Cook played wide receiver at Kentucky from 2000 to 2005, that included a sixth season because of medical hardships.
He had 74 career catches for 951 yards and six touchdowns.
"I am really thankful to coach Phillips for my playing days and now for the opportunity to continue on his staff," Cook said in a news release. "I feel very blessed to be able to help my alma mater in anyway possible, from helping the players grow as men to helping Nolan Jones handle the day-to-day responsibilities of running an SEC program."
As a player, Cook was named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and the UK Athletics Society of Character and was selected to the ESPN All-Mayday Team, for players who show extraordinary toughness and determination.
Cook earned his bachelor's degree in 2004 and is currently working on a master's degree in sports leadership.
"We are excited to have Tommy remain with us in this role," Phillips said. "Tommy has spent a lot of time with the program as a player and graduate assistant and having someone already tied into our program in that position will be vital to our staff."
Cook is planning to marry former Kentucky assistant gymnastics coach Heather Hite on Aug. 23 at The Kneeland Racetrack in Lexington.