Head Softball Coach
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Jefferson College head softball coach Tony Cook enters his 9th season as the Vikings head coach in the 2015 season. Coach Cook, who has a 337-120 overall record in his first eight years in the program, has led Jefferson to eight regular season tournament titles, seven conference titles and seven appearances in the Region XVI Championship game. In 2014, Cook led the Vikings (53-13) to a top nine finish in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. The Vikings also captured the elusive Region XVI Title for the second straight year.
During his eight year tenure, Cook and his coaching staff have developed 56 All-Conference players, which include 39 All-MCCAC first team members 48 All-Region players, including 34 of which were All-Region XVI first teams. In addition, his teams have produced ten All-NFCA Regional Team members, five NJCAA All-Americans and six NJCAA Academic All-Americans.
Cooks commitment to his players and their future, however, is his greatest accomplishment. He utilizes his experience and contacts to give players every opportunity to play at the next level-evidenced by 37 placements in the last eight years.
Cook has over 22 years of softball coaching experience and previously coached high school softball for four years and was involved with several summer club programs, coaching both 16 and 18 year-old select teams.
Cook is a native of Jefferson County and he received his AS degree from Jefferson College and earned his BS-industrial Education from Southeast Missouri State University graduating Cum Laude. In addition to his duties as head softball coach, he is an instructor for the Area Technical School at Jefferson College. He and his wife, Mendy, have one daughter, Brandy, and reside in Herculaneum, Missouri.
Assistant Softball Coach
Trisha Thompson enters her second year as a member of the Vikings' coaching staff. She graduated high school from Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating, she played softball for the Webster University Gorloks, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Speech Communication Studies. She is now studying for her Masters of Science in Sports Management at Missouri Baptist University.
Coach Thompson's coaching focus is with pitchers and catchers. In high school, her club teams made several appearances at national tournaments, and produced a winning title in the summer of 2007. She was named to the State Honors team her senior year of high school. While in college, Webster's The Journal announced Trisha as the winner of "The Best Performance" her sophomore year for throwing two no hitters and finishing the season with 113 strikeouts. She also holds several records in the pitching category which includes most season strikeouts, most strikeouts thrown in a single game, and career strikeouts, and she is tied for career shutouts. She was SLIAC "Player of the Week" three times, was selected as an All-Tournament Team Player as a freshman, and has been selected as an All-Conference Team Player, twice. She was also nominated to represent the United States to play in the Czech Republic and Italy.
Assistant Softball Coach