UIL Regional Coordinator
Jerrod Cook is in his ninth year as University Interscholastic League (UIL) Regional Coordinator. His responsibilities include hosting and officiating UIL regional activities located on the campus of Abilene Christian University.
Cook came to Abilene Christian University (ACU) in August of 2006 from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Cook graduated from McMurry with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and helped coached three Indians to All-American honors, including two National Titles in men’s shot put. He married Melinda Renee Cook on June 21, 2003 and they have two children - Katelyn, six, and Carter, five. Melinda teaches fourth grade math and science at Austin elementary School.
Cook is also currently employed by the ACU Athletic Department where he serves as an Assistant Track and Field Coach. He coaches the throws and multi events for the wildcat’s track & field team. Cook has continued to have tremendous success, coaching Nick Jones to an unprecedented four National titles in the discus, one national title in the indoor shot put, and five additional All-American honors in the shot put, including two runner-up finishes at the outdoor national meet. In 2011 Nick Jones was crowned ACU's Male Athlete of the Year. Jones also competed in his first Olympic Trials in both the shot put and discus in 2012. He was a finalist in the discus and the top collegiate finisher in the discus at the Trials. During the same year, Nick broke the ACU school record in shot put with a throw of 64'-02".
Cook coached Linda Brivule to be the most decorated and most successful female javelin thrower in NCAA Division II history. Brivule won three consecutive national titles in the women’s javelin, which has never been accomplished by any other female javelin thrower in history. Brivule also holds the NCAA Division II javelin record at 184’-6”, and also holds the NCAA Division II Meet record. Cook also coached Baptiste Kerjean to a third place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, earning him All-American status and achieving a new ACU school record of 210'-09".
In 2009, his discus thrower, Paige Newby, became the newly crowned NCAA Division II National Champion in the discus. In the previous year, Newby finished fourth at the Outdoor National Championship, earning All-American status. Tyler Fleet finished fifth in the discus throw and Jessica Sloss finished eighth in the hammer throw at the Outdoor National Meet, both earning All-American honors.
In 2013, Cook coached Baptiste Kerjean to a new school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 218” at the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships, where Kerjean finished as the runner-up to the national title. At the same meet Amelia Mitchell had an outstanding performance and a season’s and all-time personal best throw of 152’-4” in the javelin placing her fifth place at the championships. Cook also helped Andrew Hudson reach All-America status in the discus throw at the National Championships, placing 8th place with a throw of 170’.
2014 was a landmark year for ACU, transitioning to the NCAA Division I tier and moving into the Southland Conference. Cook’s throws and multi squad gave an impressive debut showing at the Outdoor Southland Conference Championships. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Baptiste Kerjean, capturing the Southland Conference Hammer Title and setting a new Conference meet record with a throw of 210’-01” (64.04m) in adverse conditions. Kerjean is the first ever Individual Southland Conference Champion for ACU in the first year of transitioning to the Southland Conference. Luke Woods finished in the runner up spot in the decathlon with a new all-time personal best score of 6860, just missing the top spot by 18 points. Woods also placed 8th in the open 110m High Hurdles to clinch 9 total points for the Wildcats. Lauren Jones led the ACU women on the field side of the Conference track and field meet. Lauren placed fifth in the hammer throw with a personal best performance of 170’-05”. Freshman teammates Taylor Yantis and Ramesheon Marine joined forces to each set new personal best performances in the Heptathlon at the Conference Championships with Yantis placing sixth place with a score of 4703 and Marine placing eight with a score of 4499.