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Ann Cook enters her 11th season with the Nittany Lions in 2017. This will also be the 11th season that Cook will be coaching under former teammate and friend Erica (Walsh) Dambach. The two combined for many wins on the field at William & Mary and have already shown their prowess on the sidelines together, as they led the Nittany Lions to the program's first NCAA title in 2015, two College Cup appearances (2012 & 2015), nine Big Ten titles (2007-12 & 2014-16) and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2007-16).
As the associate head coach, one of Cook’s main duties is the Nittany Lion offensive scheme.
Since Cook has been with the Blue & White, Penn State has recorded four of the top-10 single-season offenses in program history. During the 2011 season, Penn State recorded 226 points on the year, which ranks second in program history - seven shy of the program record 233 points set back in 2001.
En route to the NCAA title and a pair of Big Ten titles in 2015, the Nittany Lions scored 64 goals and 66 assists. The 64 goals and 66 assists rank seventh and third in program history, respectively.
Under the guidance of Cook, four Nittany Lions have scored 100 or more points over their career. Maya Hayes finished her Nittany Lion career with 163 points (71g, 21a), which ranks third-best in school history. Most recently, Mallory Weber became the 10th Nittany Lion to eclipse the century mark in points during the 2015 season. Weber ended her career at Penn State in 10th with 101 points on 36 goals and 29 assists.
For the eighth consecutive year, in 2014, Cook traveled to Central America with an organization called Soccer Without Borders. The organization focuses on using soccer as a tool for youth development around the world. The exchange team has coached nearly 800 girls, trained more than 45 coaches and, in 2013, played two friendly matches against the Nicaraguan Women's National Team.
Prior to PSU, Cook was an assistant coach at Nebraska for two seasons. Cook was responsible for numerous tasks while at Nebraska including individual and team training, recruiting, video analysis and scheduling. She also worked closely as the staff's liaison to the Huskers' athletic support staff.
During her tenure at Missouri State from 2004-05, she handled training, recruiting and team travel duties as well as supervising the strength and conditioning program. The head coach at Drury University from 1999-2000, her squad ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division-II poll among new programs in 1999.
A three-time All-American, Cook played for William & Mary from 1993-97, medically redshirting during the 1996 campaign. In the mix for the Hermann Trophy as well as the M.A.C. Player of the Year Award in both 1995 and 1997, she was the 1997 CAA Conference Player of the Year and CAA Conference Tournament MVP. The Tribe made appearances in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals two of Cook's four seasons, grabbing a bid for the Tournament each year and concluding the seasons ranked in the top five.
Active with the U.S. National Team programs, she was a member of the U.S. Under-20 team from 1994-95 and played with the full national team in 1998.
Professionally, Cook was a fourth-round draft pick (25th overall in the global draft) by the Bay Area CyberRays in 2000. A member of the team that won the WUSA's inaugural season championship in 2001, she was traded in December of that year to the Washington Freedom, which eventually finished as the 2002 league runners-up. Cook picked up coaching full time when the WUSA folded after the 2003 season.
As a member of the W-League's Chicago Cobras from 1998-2000, she was the championship MVP in 2000 after helping the team to a league championship. In 1999, her team finished as the league runners-up.