NEWS

Veteran Rockridge baseball coach to retire after 2016 season

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Longtime Rockridge High School baseball coach, Glen Cook, will make his 13th year guiding the Rockets baseball program, the 2016 season, his last as the head baseball coach.

Coach Cook was the Rockets frosh/soph coach during the 2000 and 2001 season. He took over the varsity head coaching reins from Ron Heath in 2002. Cook stepped down as head coach after the 2007 season, then became the head coach again starting with the 2010 season after Mike Rettig resigned.

During his head coaching tenure, Cook has amassed a record of 215-124. What sets him apart from other coaches is he did not record his first coaching victory (in 2002) until he was 62 years old. Cook will be 75 upon his retirement in the spring of 2016.

Highlights during his 12-year career include guiding the Rockets to the program's only IHSA State Finals appearance in 2003. The Rockets dropped their first game at state to Fairbury Prairie Central. In 2011, his team was one out away from a return to state and a super-sectional victory against Erie-Prophetstown when E-P scored two runs for a walk-off win. The veteran coach has also guided Rockridge to three IHSA Regional championships.

Upon his retirement from coaching baseball, Cook plans to stay on at Rockridge as the head boys' golf coach, where he will begin his second year in that position this fall.

Cook's successor as head baseball coach will not be named until the summer of 2016.