Longtime Dartmouth coach Jeff Cook, who worked last season as an assistant coach in the United Soccer League, was named Tuesday as the 12th head coach of the Penn State men’s soccer program.
Cook takes over the program for Bob Warming, who retired at the end of last season after eight seasons at Penn State and 40 years of coaching.
Cook coached Dartmouth from 2001 to 2012 before moving on to the youth-development program attached to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. He became an assistant coach in 2016 with Union affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC, of the USL, while also serving as head coach of the Under-19 Union Academy team.
“I am thrilled to accept this opportunity to become the next men’s soccer coach at the Pennsylvania State University,” Cook said in a written statement. “It’s an honor for me to become a member of the Nittany Lion family.”
Cook guided Dartmouth to five Ivy League Championships and seven NCAA tournament appearances, with round of 16 showings in 2008 and 2010. During the 2001-02 seasons, Penn State women’s head coach Erica Walsh was guiding the Big Green’s women’s program.
As the Union’s U-19 coach, in 2016, he watched his team finish third in the national standings and qualify for the Elite stage of the MLS Youth Cup.
He first became a head coach in 1991 at NCAA Division III Wheaton College, then became a Dartmouth assistant in 1994 before moving up to Cincinnati head coach in 1996. He was the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1997 and guided the Bearcats until his return to Dartmouth in 2001. He finished 44-42-8 at Cincinnati and went 77-54-26 at Dartmouth.
“We are thrilled to have Jeff Cook joining our family as the leader of the Penn State men’s soccer program,” Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said in a news release. “Jeff has excelled at all levels during his more than 25 years of coaching and is clearly a great fit for Penn State.”
Cook, a Massachusetts native and graduate of Bates College, inherits a Penn State team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2014-15 and was 5-10-2 last year.