John Cook won back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association championships as California State University, Stanislaus' men's golf coach and earned four CCAA Coach of the Year awards during his seven years with the Warriors, so it came as no surprise when the University of Pacific offered him the position as the Tigers' men's golf head coach.
"It will be a welcomed challenge and privilege to be the next head men's golf coach at the University of the Pacific," Cook said. "I look forward to using my experience and grow even more as a coach at this excellent institution."
Cook won his fourth CCAA Coach of the Year award this season after leading the Warriors to their second straight conference championship with big wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. Cook also won the award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
As for Cook's players, he's coached nine All-Americans, a CCAA individual champions, two CCAA MVPs, three freshman of the year winner's and a newcomer of the year winner during his seven year tenure.
"As hard as it is to leave the (Stanislaus) golf team, department and the University, the opportunity and timing is right for me," Cook added. "It has been an honor and privilege coaching here especially following Coach Hanny and his legacy.
Cook attended CSU Stanislaus from 1990-1993 before completing his collegiate career at Boise State playing Division I golf. He became the assistant men's golf coach at Boise State in 1995 and took over as the head of the program the following year.
Before joining the Warriors coaching staff, Cook was a professional golfer. Cook playied in regional and national mini-tour tournaments and worked for Titleist golf as a sales and service consultant.
"I am very happy for him and selfishly sad to see him go but this position is very well deserved. I wish John and his family nothing but the best,” Athletic Director Michael Matoso said.