Dartmouth College Men's Soccer Coach Jeff Cook Resigns (Posted Thursday, 9:55 a.m.)
Dartmouth sophomore forward Alex Adelabu listens to instructions from coach Jeff Cook in September 2012. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)
Dartmouth soccer coach Jeff Cook questions a referee’s call early last season. Cook announced yesterday he was leaving to take a job with the Philadelphia Union in the MLS. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)
Hanover — Dartmouth College men's soccer coach Jeff Cook resigned today to join the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer as director of recruitment for the club's nascent youth academy. He will also have a role working with the professional team.
"It's a strange day,'' Cook said. "I'm not unhappy with any aspect of my job at Dartmouth and I don't have any doubts about our success in coming years. It's going to be very difficult and very emotional to leave Hanover and Dartmouth and our family considers itself to be from the Upper Valley."
Cook, 45, had coached the Big Green since 2001 and led the program to five Ivy League championships and seven appearances in the NCAA Division I playoffs. Dartmouth was 106-74-31 in his 12 seasons and his players earned 23 first-team All-Ivy selections. He is only the second of Dartmouth's nine men's soccer coaches to surpass 100 victories with the program, the other being Tom Dent, who captured 143.
Cook was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1996-2000 and a Dartmouth assistant before that. During his first stint at Dartmouth, he was also director of coaching for the Upper Valley's Lightning Soccer club.
A 1989 graduate of Bates College in Maine, Cook began his career as a University of Massachusetts assistant and head coach of Division III Wheaton (Mass.) College. He, his wife and two sons live in Hanover, where Dartmouth games last year attracted an average of 1,300 fans per game, 21st among Division I teams and first among Ivy programs.
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