For Immediate Release
St. Thomas Aquinas Hires Michael Cook as New Head Football Coach
St. Thomas Aquinas has announced that Michael Cook will take the helm of Aquinas’s football program. Cook has a strong coaching background at both the high school and collegiate level. Most recently, Cook served as defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator for Berea-Midpark, where he was also a mental health-behavior assistant. He has also spent time coaching at Notre Dame College, St. Edward Catholic School, John Carroll University, and the University of Toledo.
For Cook, coming to St. Thomas Aquinas will be a return to home. He is a 2003 Aquinas graduate and played football under Tim Tyrrell. He was an All-District and All-County player. Cook shared “I am are truly humbled, honored, and privileged to return to St. Thomas Aquinas as the new head football coach. My goal is to create an environment focused upon each student and encouraging them to be their best self in their faith development, in the classroom, and on the field. St. Thomas is a special place. The support, the people, and the community at St. Thomas have always been incredible. People are equally passionate about academics, athletics, and faith. Everyone involved in the football program, and the community overall, plays an important role in the success of the football program and I look forward to working with them”.
After St. Thomas Aquinas, Cook continued his education at Kent State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Health Education and Promotion in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Studies, with a Minor in Athletic Coaching from May in 2009. Cook and his wife Anna have two small children, Isabella 4 and Maria 1. They currently live in University Heights and are parishioners of Gesu Catholic Church but look forward to relocating to Canton and rejoining the St. Thomas Aquinas community.
President Dan Gravo said that “St. Thomas Aquinas is excited about the future of our football program and the future success of our team(s) under Cook. Michael has impressed me, both on and off the field, and I look forward to seeing all that he accomplishes at St. Thomas. Our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to a vigorous football program that encourages success on the field and in the classroom and will offer him our full support”. St. Thomas Aquinas has a proud history of success in football, with football honors that include a State Championship in 1984, State Runner-up in 1974 and 1985, Regional Championships in 1984 and 1985, Regional Runner-up in 1983, and most recently an NCL Championship in 2016.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, located in Louisville, Ohio, enrolls students from grades 6-12. The school maintains 100% graduation rates, 99% college attendance rates after high school, academic test scores well above the state and national average, and fields a vibrant athletic and arts program. 99% of their students participate in at least one extracurricular activity, 82% of their students participate in athletics, and 57% of their students play more than one sport. St. Thomas Aquinas believes that their athletic program plays an important role in fulfilling their mission of truth, scholarship, and excellence.