Cook resigns as Marshall County softball coach

Friday, May 17, 2013
Coach Holly Cook with her Marshall County Tigerettes earlier this season. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Having experienced a successful six-year run under head coach Holly Cook, the Marshall County Tigerettes softball program will be looking for a new leader after Cook recently decided to resign from the position..

With her husband Elliot being an assistant coach on MCHS' football team, Cook believed she needed to spend more time with her son Eli, who is a year and a half old.

Family time

"It's definitely a decision I made for my family," said Cook.. "Ever since Eli was born, it's been a decision that I knew I had to make. I just didn't want to miss any more precious time with him."

Cook broke the news to her team following the Tigerettes' final game against East Hickman in the District 12-AA tournament.

"I don't think my players ever thought I'd give up coaching and I never thought I'd give it up before Eli was born, but it's the best decision for my family," said Cook.

A 2001 graduate of Marshall County High School, Cook was a standout on the Tigerettes' basketball and softball teams before playing both sports at Columbia State as well. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Cook served as an assistant under longtime MCHS softball coach Reese Hambrick during the 2007 season before taking charge of the program the next year.

Left her mark

Over the past six years, Cook compiled an impressive 139-65-1 record as the Tigerettes head coach and recorded five 20-win seasons during that span. Along with capturing two regular season District championships and two District tournament titles, Cook won the Region tourney in 2009 and advanced to the Sectional round of the playoffs twice.

"I think we competed at a high level and had some great teams and some great players," said Cook. "Even though we didn't make it to the State tournament, we had a lot of success and I think the program will continue to have success after I leave."

Although she will be handing the reins of the MCHS softball program over to someone else, Cook will continue to serve as a physical education teacher at Lewisburg Middle School and has not ruled out a possible return to the coaching profession down the road.

"I love coaching and am very passionate about it. I've loved all the girls that I've coached so maybe there is a chance I could get back into it when my kids are grown up," said Cook.

Hopefully Marshall County's next coach will be able to maintain the level of success that the Tigerettes achieved under Cook.