Ex-NBA player to coach at University of Antelope Valley

darwin-cookUniversity of Antelope Valley President Marco Johnson has announced that former NBA player Darwin Cook has been hired as a head coach of the Men’s Basketball team, VictorySportsNetwork reported.

The Pioneers basketball team made its first CalPac post season tournament appearance in the school’s history last year and is laying the foundation for an even brighter future with the hiring of Cook as the head coach.

“Adding coach Cook to our staff is a huge step in the right direction. Our goal at UAV is to produce quality young men and women, Darwin has clearly demonstrated that he possesses the qualities needed to accomplish both. Knowing what it takes to compete at the highest level both academically and athletically will be transferred to our basketball players daily. We expect to compete at a high level immediately” said Johnson.

Cook, a Southern California native, had a legendary basketball career which began in Los Angeles as a prep star Crenshaw High School. Upon graduating from Crenshaw High School, Cook played collegiately at the University Of Portland where he was a four-year starter and earned many honors for his on-court performance (1977 & 1980 Team MVP, Portland’s Co-Athlete of the Year 1980, All-West Coast Conference Team 1979, 1980, Honorable Mention All-American)  while also graduating with his BS Degree in Secondary Education.

Cook graduated from the University of Portland as the school’s all-time leader in assists, steals and points scored. In 1991 Cook was inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor.

Darwin Cook played 8 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 612 games for New Jersey Nets, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets. He holds career averages of 9.5 ppg and 3.7 apg in 23.1 mpg.

Cook also played four years professionally on the international level in Italy for Scavolini where he won Italian League Championships in 1988 and 1990.

Upon completion of his professional career he was an assistant coach at UNLV where he coached 1993 All-American and 1993 NBA Lottery Pick Isaiah “J.R.” Rider as well as being an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.


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