The 2018-2019 Academic year will be the eleventh year as Head Coach at Fort Scott Community College Michael Cook.
In Coach Cook’s tenure as head coach, over 35 of his players have went on to play at four year schools, seventeen players are ranked on the all-time scoring list, seventeen on the all-time rebounding list and nine players on the all-time assist leaders, one of whom is the all-time assist leader. Currently four of his players are playing overseas and five are playing semi-professional basketball.
Academically, the program has been ranked in the top five in GPA in the conference all but three years under Coach Cook. The 2009-2010 team finished the year ranked first in conference in team GPA and ranked fifth in the nation. The program has also placed one or more players on the All-Conference Academic team each year under Coach Cook
The 2017-2018 season was another historic season for the Greyhounds both on and off the court, in the classroom the Greyhounds finished the first semester with a 3.55 Grade Point Average. That was the highest grade point average ever posted by the men’s basketball team and the team finished with the fourth highest grade point average in the conference. The Greyhounds also had four players earning Academic honors the first semester, while three players earned All-Conference All Academic and Lucas Kelley and Jon Barnes earning Exemplary Academic Achievement which is the equivalent of Academic All American. The Greyhounds finished with the best record in 28 year at 20-12, making that only the sixth time in the history of the program that a team has posted 20 wins in a season. The Greyhounds also had their two sophomores captains Tyler Zinn and John Montgomery earned First Team All- Conference honors and Tyler earned First Team All-Region, with John earning Second Team All-Region honors.
The 2016-2017 season saw the Greyhounds with several new faces on the team some transfers and some freshman to build around returning starters Anthony Cerda and Dametrius Walker. The team finished third in the conference and fifth in the region, the team won the first round of regional playoffs on the road against Kansas City Kansas Community College on a last second shot. The team never found the groove that was envisioned and the season ended in the semi-finals against Johnson County. Dametrius Walker was named first team All-Conference and second team All-Region and Anthony Cerda was named second team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Region.
The 2015-16 season saw the Greyhounds tie to win conference, this was the second time in three years the Greyhounds have won conference. The team earned honors with Dametrius Walker being named Freshman of the Year, and First Team All-Conference along with Eddie Sims while Jeremiah Fleming was named Second Team All-Conference, with Coach Cook being named Coach of the Year. The Greyhound also finished first in the region, with Eddie Sims and Dametrius Walker being named to First Team All- Region, Dametrius Walker was also selected to play in Jerry Mullen’s Top 100 Junior College Players Showcase.
The 2014-2015 season saw the Greyhounds finished fifth in the conference and third in the region after switching back to Division One conference. The team lost in the first round of playoffs, however Will Harrington was placed on the Second Team All-Conference and All Region along with Dalton Rose being placed on the Honorable Mention All-Region team The team also had three players, Evan Brull, Lindsay Deline and Dalton Rose earn All Conference All-Academic Team
The 2013-2014 season was a historic season for the Greyhounds. The team finished with a 15-18 record, in which the Greyhounds won conference for the first time since 1967 and winning the Region 6 title for the first time, also the Greyhounds advanced to the National Tournament for the first time since 1948. The Greyhounds garnered several awards for this historic season, Kevin House and Prince Samuels were name First Team All-Conference and Mabor Gabriel was named Honorable Mention All-Conference with Kevin House being name First Team All-Region and Prince Samuels being named Second Team All-Region, along with Coach Cook being named Conference Coach of the Year award. In addition, Jacob Stroman and Wes
Brantley were named to the All-Academic Conference Team and Wes Brantley earned Superior Academic Achievement Award.
The 2012-2013 season, the Greyhounds started to turn the corner and the plan that Coach Cook envisioned was beginning to form, as the Greyhounds won their first playoff game in forty four years and advanced to the semi- finals of the Region tournament. James Fleming was named to the All-Conference Second team and Austin Danner and Ray Ray Chase was named Honorable Mention All-Conference, with all three being name to the Second Team All-Region team also, while Peirce Rienbolt and Wes Brantley were named to the All-Academic Conference team with Pierce Rienbolt earned Exemplary Academic Achievement, also Pierce Rienbolt was named Outstanding Sophomore for the 2012-2013 year.
In Coach Cook’s first season as Head Coach for the Hounds, Cook began the task of building the Hounds into a program that would be competitive on and off the court every year, in the first year his team beat Coffeyville Community College for the first time since 2000 and the second win against Coffeyville in the last twenty years, that team also upset teams outside the state of Kansas, such as Redlands, NEO A&M and State Fair. Darrell Blanton was named to the third team All-Conference team and Zach Wilson and Kyren Gantt were named to the All-Conference All-Academic team.
From 1998 to 2004, Coach Cook founded the Kansas Mustangs AAU program and in six years under Coach Cook, the Mustangs produced fourteen players who went on to compete at the collegiate level. From 2005-2007, Coach Cook co-founded the Midwest Mission AAU program, in two years the Mission produced twelve players that went on to play collegiate basketball.
Coach Cook was as an assistant coach at Jayhawk Linn High School in Mound City, Kansas in 2007. Coach Cook was also an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Fort Scott from 1995 – 1996.
As a player, Coach Cook was a two year starter at Eastern Oklahoma State College from 1988-1990 and a two year starter at Pittsburg State University from 1990-1992. His senior year at Pittsburg State, the team was ranked fourth in the nation and finished with a record of 21- 8. Coach Cook is currently ranked in the top ten for assists and is tied for the single assist game record. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University.
Coach Cook resides in Fort Scott and has 3 children daughter Mataya, Lakelon, and Drew Cook, and two grandsons Adrian and Avery and one granddaughter Andi.