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University of Oregon - Track & Field
University of Oregon - Track & Field

JAMIE COOK


Assistant Coach

Jamie Cook, a 10-year Ivy League veteran coach and a former Big Ten decathlon champion, joined the Oregon staff in the summer of 2010. Cook oversees the combined events as well as high jump, pole vault and men’s hurdles.

In his five years at Oregon, Cook has guided athletes to 21 All-America honors, six Pac-12 individual titles and four individual NCAA Championships. He has assisted on all five of the Duck’s Women’s NCAA Indoor titles as well as the Men’s Indoor and Outdoor sweeps during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. His athletes have also played a substantial role on the conference level, where the Ducks are undefeated – sweeping five men’s and women’s conference titles – during his tenure.

The 2014 season saw the emergence of Bowerman Award semifinalist Devon Allen. Allen, a dual sport athlete who redshirted the 2015 track and field season, won both U.S. and NCAA titles in a freshman season that saw him become the second fastest hurdler in NCAA history (13.16) and break the NCAA Championship meet record. His U.S./NCAA double win is the first since 1979. Allen joined four-time All-American Johnathan Cabral and school record holder in the indoor 60 meter hurdles in the blocks for the 2014 season. Cabral, the Pac-12 110 meter hurdles champion as a freshman in 2012, returned to the NCAA Championships during his senior season in 2015 where he finished second in the final, garnering his third All-America honor. Cabral represented the Ducks on the national stage, qualifying for the semifinals of the 2015 World Championships in the 110 hurdles.

Cook has also developed six-time All-American Dakotah Keys into one of Oregon’s all-time greatest decathletes. The three-time Pac-12 decathlon champion finished fourth in the heptathlon at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and third in the decathlon at the 2014 and 2015 Outdoor Championships. Keys, a four-time NCAA outdoor qualifier, was joined by Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado at the 2015 championships, tied for the most in the country.

Cook also worked with Brianne Theisen, who swept the NCAA indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she set the collegiate and Canadian record in the pentathlon (4,555 points) and set the NCAA meet record with 6,440 points in the heptathlon, the second-best score in collegiate history, before going on to the London Olympics to represent Team Canada.

Cook's first year with the program in 2011 produced immediate results. His efforts helped David Klech become a two-time All-American and he played a crucial role in the Ducks' fifth straight men's Pac-10 title. Klech, who had never competed in a combined event prior to 2011, opened the year by finishing sixth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Outdoors, Klech was the Pac-10 runner-up in the decathlon and then went on to take third in the long jump and fifth in the 110 meter hurdles to account for 18 team points. Klech went on to finish 16th in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships to earn his second All-America honors of 2011.

Prior to Oregon, Cook was been the top men's assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 2001-10. During his tenure with the Quakers, Cook coached 64 Ivy League champions, oversaw seven school records, and helped Penn capture a pair of team titles (2001-02). The Quakers placed 11th at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He was also the combined events coordinator for the prestigious Penn Relays for 10 years.

In conjunction with his coaching duties, Cook developed training programs with an emphasis on speed development that have been used by Olympians, as well as players from the NFL, Major League Baseball and English Premier Soccer League. Cook's speed training was also utilized by Penn's reigning Ivy League champion football team.

He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Off the track, Cook played a key role in Penn's track and field alumni relations, which helped lead to the establishment of a $1,000,000 endowment in 2003 and saw an annual fundraising total of $250,000 in 2010.

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.

Cook was additionally 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.

Cook and his wife Kristin are the parents of two children, a son and a daughter.