Mike Cooke
Mike Cooke
Title: Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Phone: (203) 257-7187
Email: cookem34@sacredheart.edu
Year: Sixth Season
Previous College: CCSU '11

Recruiting Areas - Primary: New York City, New Jersey (Hudson, Union, Essex Counties), Northeast Junior Colleges

Mike Cooke returns to the Pioneer coaching staff for his sixth campaign in 2019. Cooke guided one of the NEC's top defenses in 2018, ranking second in the league in scoring (22.1 points allowed per game) and yards allowed per game (336.0). The Pioneers' passing defense led the league (148.8 ypg) while opponents converted just 31.8 percent on third downs (2nd-best in the NEC). In his first season as defensive coordinator in 2017, SHU had three All-NEC selection on defense led by two-time All-NEC First Team selection CJ Parvelus.

  • As Linebackers Coach, Cooke has guided three All-NEC backers (Kevin Barry, CJ Parvelus, and Kellen Sperduto)
  • James Rentz earned back-to-back First-Team All-NEC selections under Cooke's tutelage
  • The Pioneers ranked eighth in total defense, sixth in sacks, and 11 in TFL's during Cooke's first season on the staff
  • Cooke spend two seasons at Columbia prior to coming to SHU, coacing KC Chief signee, Josh Martin
  • In 2012, his first at Columbia, the Lions led the Ivy League in takeaways
  • Cooke began his coaching career at his alma mater, coaching All-NEC honoree Lorenzo Baker
  • He played two seasons at CCSU, serving as team captain and earning All-NEC
  • As a player, Cooke compiled 94 tackles, 12 for a loss and recorded 4.5 sacks
  • Cooke played two seasons at Lackawanna JC, earning First-Team All-Conference and team MVP honors