Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook reaches elite career milestone
Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook has produced quite the career with the Huskers, and he added another milestone Friday evening. With the B1G-opening sweep of Michigan State, Cook now has 800 career wins as an NCAA head coach.
Cook becomes just the 19th head coach all-time to reach at least 800 wins. However, he insisted the mark was unimportant to him.
His name Is John G. Cook II,
Commander of the Red Kingdom,
General of the former Coliseum,
loyal servant to the true Big Red,
and he just seized his 800th career win. pic.twitter.com/gqtUH8ARp4
— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) September 24, 2022
And while Cook did not want to make a big deal over the accomplishment, Nebraska and AD Trev Alberts felt otherwise. Alberts and the Huskers honored Cook after the win with a custom belt buckle commemorating the accomplishment. The final product is not quite ready, but Cook was blown away by the recognition.
“That’s a really meaningful gift to honor something that I really don’t care about,” Cook said via Amie Just of Husker Extra. “… That was really meaningful because typical they just give you a volleyball and it ends up in a closet somewhere. That is something that will be very, very meaningful to me.
“I really, really appreciate that and the thought behind it. Somebody put some thought behind it. I will really cherish that.”
Cook continued: “It’s a wonderful, wonderful thought and gesture. Those are memories that last for a while in coaching.”
Regardless of how Cook feels about the 800 wins, it is certainly a mark worth celebrating. We’ll see how high the Huskers can push that total in search of a national title this season.
One of the greatest to ever do it.
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) September 24, 2022