Wednesday afternoon, we remembered one of the greatest coaches in Michigan prep history, Paul Cook, who died Tuesday at the age of 89. We did so by talking to one of his greatest rivals, former Lansing Everett coach, George Fox; and one of his best players, former Lansing Sexton three sport star, Jim Keyton Jr.
The Lansing State Journal chronicled his career – and Cook’s amazing coaching journey – with a great article in Wednesday’s paper.
Cook won 828 games in his coaching career — compiling a 639-245 record as a boys coach from the late 1940s until 1991. He began in Lansing at Resurrection High School in 1953, then moved to Gabriels in 1962. Gabriels became Lansing Catholic just before Cook took over in 1973 at Eastern, where he’d spend the next two decades. He then coached the Lansing Catholic girls from 1993 to 2002, winning his second state title in 1995.