Hudson Valley Community College Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello announced that Andre Cook has been appointed as the college's new head men's basketball coach. Cook is the 11th head coach in the 51-year history of the Hudson Valley program.
"We're thrilled to have Andre join the Hudson Valley family," Marrochello said. "His basketball and professional experience proves he has an excellent ability to develop student-athletes on and off the court."
Cook, who has been the head boy's basketball coach at Hudson Falls High School since 1996, replaces Vince Medici, who has more wins than any other men's basketball coach in the college's history. Medici accepted the basketball coaching job at Oneonta State in May. He was 166-94 in nine years at Hudson Valley. The Vikings were 15-13 in their final year under Medici.
Cook, who also has served as Hudson Falls' assistant principal since 2002, was 99-76 in eight years as the head coach at Hudson Falls. He took over a program that only won six games in 1996 and led them to improved win totals the following four years. In 2000, Hudson Falls won the Foothills Council for the first time in school history with 19 wins, including a streak of 17 consecutive wins. Cook was named the Coach of the Year by the Post-Star following the 1999-2000 season.
"I'm very excited the opportunity to coach at Hudson Valley. It has always been a dream of mine to be a full-time basketball coach," Cook said. "We plan to continue the winning tradition built here at Hudson Valley, and to develop young men that will succeed academically and athletically."
Several current and former college players developed their skills under Cook at Hudson Falls, including: David Martin, who recently completed his four-year career at The College of Saint Rose; Paul Bowe, who had 200 career assists at Hudson Valley and then played two years at Norwich University; and Jayson Ryerson, who scored more than 1,000 points in four years at Green Mountain College.
Cook also coached the Adirondack Region's Scholastic Basketball Team in the Empire State Games from 2000 to 2003, leading them to a gold medal his final year.
In addition to his coaching position, Cook will serve as coordinator of the college's intramural program and is an adjunct instructor in the Physical Education Department.
Cook received his bachelor's degree in American Studies from Skidmore College in 1994, and completed a master's degree in Teaching Social Studies from Union College in 1996. While at Union, he also served as an assistant men's basketball coach from 1994 to 1996.
Hudson Valley is entering its 51st year of men's basketball in 2004-05. The Vikings sport a 796-511 all-time record, and rank among the top 50 in all-time wins in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Hudson Valley has posted a winning record in each of its last 14 seasons.