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Late coach inducted into Hall of Fame

May 22, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.


SAN ANTONIO - Former Victoria school district coach and athletic director Jack Cook was posthumously inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Cook died in September of 2008 at the age of 88 after a long battle with cancer.

Cook came to Victoria in 1952 as the head basketball coach at Patti Welder High School and held the same position when Vicotria High opened in 1958.

Cook coached for 20 years in Victoria and had a record of 371-221.

He led the 1955 Patti Welder team to the Class 3A state championship.

Cook became the Victoria school district's first athletic director in 1973, a position he held until retiring in 1985.

Cook was an all-district basketball player at Lufkin High School and earned all-conference honors at Stephen F. Austin University.

He coached basketball in Colmesneil for two years before joining the U.S. Army. He returned to coaching in 1946.

Cook hired former Victoria High basketball coaches Mike Smith and Jan Lahodny.

Smith led the Stingarees to two state tournament appearances and Lahodny directed the Stingarettes to nine state tournament appearances and three state championships.

Cook was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association's Hall of Honor in 1977.

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