|Title:||Assistant Baseball Coach|
|Phone:||863.297.1008 Ext. 5194|
|Year:||3rd season at Polk|
Assistant Baseball Coach Brad Cook is entering his third year as pitching coach at Polk State, where he’s led the pitching staff to numerous honors and achievements.
In 2012, in addition to helping the Eagles to a berth in the NJCAA JUCO World Series, the College’s pitchers led the NJCAA and the state in several categories and set numerous school records.
The staff’s 1.99 ERA and 2.89 runs-allowed average were best in the country. Polk pitchers also led the state in innings pitched, 496.1 (No. 2 nationally); opponent batting average, .214 (No. 2 nationally); and walks allowed per game, 2.4 (No. 3 nationally). In all of those categories, Polk pitchers set new school records.
Under Cook, Alec Asher went on to break numerous school records, including games started, with 16; innings pitched, with 111; strikeouts, with 118; and tied the record for wins with 13. Asher was selected as the Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year, Florida State Pitcher of the Year, NJCAA First Team All-American and a Rawlings Gold Glove recipient. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB draft.
Four other pitchers from Cook’s staff were named to the All-Conference Team, and seven pitchers from the 2012 season’s staff signed scholarships to four-year institutions.
In 2011, the Eagles pitching staff led the Suncoast Conference in wins, 43; innings, 478.1; walks, 181; saves, 17; runs, 262; and ERA, 3.61. Five pitchers took home All-Conference honors, including two First-Team selections. In addition, Reid Noah was named Fireman of the Year for his state-leading 11 saves, which was also a school record. Three of Cook’s pitchers earned scholarships to four-year institutions.
Cook, a Johnson City, N.Y., native, served as the pitching coach for Florida Southern College in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 Mocs pitching staff finished with the second-lowest ERA — 4.05 — in the Sunshine State Conference. Four pitchers from Cook’s staff went on to play professional baseball.
Prior to Florida Southern College, Cook was the head baseball coach at Johnson City (N.Y.) High School for two seasons, leading his team to the Class A State Championship game in 2007. That same year, he coached a First Team All-State Pitcher and the Class A Player of the Year.
As a player, Cook was a Junior College All-American at Keystone College (Pa.) before transferring to Division I Marist College (N.Y.). While at Marist, he led the team in ERA in 2002 and Marist's ERA was fourth in the nation. He was also named to the MAAC All-Tournament team in 2002.
Following his collegiate career, he played two seasons with the Elmira Pioneers of the Independent Northeast League.
He received his bachelor's degree in Special Education from Marist College in 2003 and earned his master's degree in Middle School Mathematics from Walden University in 2007. He has been a special education teacher for the Polk County Public School District for four years.
Cook resides in Winter Haven with wife, Sarah, and son, Broderick.