BRETT COOK
BRETT COOK

New Hartford Spartans, Whitesboro

 

Brett Cook graduated from New Hartford High School in 1980 where he wrestled for Hall of Fame Coach Tom Pauley. Brett was a New York State Champion at 91 pounds.

He attended Clarkson University where he wrestled for Coach Rory Whipple. Even though he was way undersized at the 118 pound weight class, he was successful as a four year starter. His sophomore year he won the ICAC tournament and competed in the NCAA Division III Championships.
While attending Clarkson University, Brett started wrestling for the NYAC (New York Athletic Club) and eventually competed in numerous national and international freestyle events at 105.5 pounds.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business with a minor in Technical Communications from Clarkson University and a Teachers Certification from Utica College. He obtained his Masters degree in Reading and Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland.

In 1987, Brett started his coaching career as the Varsity Wrestling Coach at Whitesboro High School. He built a very competitive program over the next 13 years. While coaching at Whitesboro, Brett continued to wrestle freestyle for the NYAC and the Mohawk Valley Wrestling Club at 105.5 pounds. He was a three time Freestyle All American and was ranked as high as 4th in the country. He was a ten time Empire State Games Champion. In 1983, he made the final trials for the Pan American Games and placed 4th in the National Sports Festival. Brett took 4th in the 1989 US World Team Trials and 2nd in the 1992 Regional Olympic Trials.

When Brett and his wife, Kerri, chose to have a family, he decided to stop coaching full time and help raise their daughter, Kiley and son, Carson. After stepping away from the varsity coaching position, he later returned to the program as the modified coach and returned this year as the head Varsity coach. He currently teaches fifth grade at Deerfield Elementary School in the Whitesboro School district.