PHILADELPHIA - Jamie Cook, the top men's track and field assistant at Penn since 2001, has been named an assistant coach at track powerhouse Oregon. The announcement was made Monday.
Cook will oversee the combined events, men's and women's hurdles, the men's high jump and pole vault for the Ducks. He leaves the Quakers after ten seasons under head coach Charlie Powell.
"Obviously this is an outstanding opportunity for Coach Cook and we all wish him the best of luck in his new position," said Powell. "I am extremely proud that the young student-athletes in our program, my staff, and I had the opportunity to work with Jamie, who I consider one of the best young coaches around. Oregon, Coach Lannana and the U. of O. athletes are very fortunate to be getting an excellent teacher, great leader, and an outstanding human being and coach."
During his tenure with the Red and Blue, Cook coached 64 Ivy League champions, oversaw seven school records, and helped Penn capture a pair of team titles in 2001 and 2002. The Quakers also placed 11th at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Additionally, Cook has been the combined events coordinator for the Penn Relays for the last 10 years.
Prior to joining the Quakers' staff, Cook was a three-time All-American in the decathlon for Penn State from 1995-98, where he was also a Big Ten, IC4A and Penn Relays champion in the multi-events during his collegiate career. He was also honored as a three-time Academic All-American while competing for the Nitany Lions.
He was a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials competitor in the decathlon, and competed in six USA Track & Field combined events (decathlon/indoor heptathlon) from 2002-05. Cook also represented the United States versus Germany in the Decathlon Duel of 2003. His personal best in the decathlon of 7,853 points came during his 2004 Olympic Trials year.
Cook graduated from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology in 1999 and then in 2006, completed his work in the executive education program at Penn's Wharton School of Business with a concentration in finance/accounting.