Chris Cook
Chris Cook
Title: Bronco Baseball Head Coach
Phone: 575-624-8282
Email: cook@nmmi.edu

New Mexico Military Institute announced the hiring of head baseball coach Chris Cook in May of 2012.  Even with limited time to recruit, the Bronco Baseball program saw a transformation In Cook’s first year at the helm. The 9 WJCAC victories was only two shy of equaling the number of conference wins in each of the previous three years combined.  In addition, the season win total of 18 included a school record 15 wins over junior college opponents.

 The Bronco Baseball program took another step forward in year two, with 21 overall victories against junior college programs and 12 WJCAC victories (both new school records). The conference win total in year one and two nearly quadrupled the average conference win total of the previous 12 seasons. Offensively, the Broncos were also able to eclipse a school record with 32 home runs on the year. In addition to the school records, several players accomplished significant feats in years one and two. Both Austin Grier and Joe Galindo earned National Player of the week honors and Correy Davis broke a school record with 17 doubles while tying a school record with 48 runs.

 In season three (2015), the Bronco’s again broke school records for overall (26) and conference victories (17) while finishing two games out of the NJCAA Regional. In addition, another 14 Bronco’s moved on to join 4-year college baseball programs. FR outfielder Winston Welch broke a school record with 22 doubles, while the pitching staff destroyed the NMMI record books with 13 saves and a strikeout per inning ratio of .923.  Overall, the 2015 team found themselves in the top 10 historically in the following categories: Slugging, RBI, Hits (#1), Runs, Average, Walks, Doubles (#1), Triples,  Home Runs, Hit By Pitch, Strikeouts (#1), BB/K (#1), Strikeouts/Inning (#1), Earned Run Average,  and Saves (#1).

 In season four (2016), the record books were shattered, as the Bronco’s made an unprecedented run through the WJCAC and on to the NJCAA Region V tournament in Lubbock, TX. The 28 overall regular season victories and the 22 WJCAC wins broke school records for the third consecutive season. The offense broke nearly every team record in the power categories: Homeruns (73), Doubles (138), Slugging Percentage (.566), Runs (421), and Runs Batted In (386). Three players were named to the All-Conference team (Justin Felix, Alex Howard, and Carlos Ortiz) with Felix also being named to the All-Region team. The NJCAA Regional berth was the first at NMMI since 1961 (55 years).

The 2017 season proved to be another milestone year for Cook, picking up his 100th head coaching victory on Feb 12th, and then (in less than 4 ½ years) becoming the winningest Coach in NMMI history on March 5th. The young 2017 team finished the season with the 3rd highest overall win total in school history (24). The freshman dominated Bronco offense showed well over the course of the year, finishing in the top 5 in school history in Average (.325), Runs Scored (386), Doubles (100), Home Runs (42), Walks (197), Hits (515), RBI (346), Triples (42), Slugging (.509), and Hit By Pitch (72).

 

Over Cook’s first five plus seasons, the Broncos have sent players to the following college baseball programs:

 NCAA I

NCAA II

NCAA III

NAIA

Air Force Academy (CO)

Azusa Pacific (CA)

Gordon College (MA)

Fisher College (MA)

New Mexico

Eastern NM Univ.

US Merchant Marine (NY)

Presentation (SD)

New Mexico State

Newman Univ. (KS)

Hardin Simmons Univ. (TX)

Evangel (MO)

Northwestern State (LA)

Oakland City Univ. (IN)

Eastern Nazarene Coll (MA) 

Tougaloo (MS)

U. Arkansas- Pine Bluff

St. Thomas Aquinas (NY) 

 

LSU- Alexandria (LA)

Army (West Point) (NY)

 Highlands University (NM)

 

Embry Riddle (FL)

U. of Texas- Pan American

Southwestern Oklahoma U. 

 

Benedictine Coll. (KS) 

Austin Peay State Univ. (TN)

 

 

Midland Univ. (NE)

Grambling State (LA)

 

 

 Univ. South West (NM)

University of Dayton (OH)

 

 

 

Texas Southern University

 

 

 

Arkansas State University

 

 

 

Morehead State University

 

 

 

 With another strong recruiting class and a large group of experienced returning players, Cook expects to compete again for a Region V post-season berth,

            “On the field, in the classroom, and in the core, these five teams have set a high expectation level on campus and in the WJCAC. With a new group of incoming players and some very talented sophomores returning, we expect to compete in every game. We preach constantly about controlling what you can control, and that no one individual can dictate wins and losses. The overall approach and mindset of a team is what gives them a chance to be successful. With the discipline, accountability and physical strength that come with being a student at NMMI, we will look again for this group to elevate the expectation level for Bronco Baseball.”

 This fall, Cook will begin his 6th season leading the Bronco Baseball program and his 20th overall at the collegiate level. Prior to NMMI Cook had spent over half his career at the NCAA I level, including a 6 year stretch (06-12)  as an assistant at Arkansas State University.

 At ASU, Cook served as recruiting coordinator, in addition to coaching infielders and hitters. Cook was a part of some of the most exciting moments in ASU baseball program history. By winning two games at each of the last three conference tournaments, the Red Wolves were able to accomplish something in three consecutive years that had not been done even once since 1997. Only two SBC teams won more SBC tournament games over that three-year span.

 The 2012 team led the Sun Belt Conference in victories (19) and battled to the conference tournament championship game. The 34 season victories ranks 4th all-time and had not been accomplished for 15 years. Also in 2012, Cook assisted the defense to an ASU team record .973 fielding percentage. During the 2011 campaign, Cook helped the hitters achieve top 10 all-time team statistics in runs, hits, RBI, walks, and fielding percentage. In 2010, Cook helped the Red Wolves improve to a .312 team batting average that currently ranked second in team history. The Red Wolves also boasted a school record 647 hits. In 2009, Cook helped coach the Red Wolves to team batting average of .296, which ranks fourth all-time in ASU history. Arkansas State belted out 557 hits with 242 walks, 337 runs, 291 RBI, and 242 walks, all ranking in ASU’s top 10 all-time team statistics.

 Cook came to Arkansas State after serving as an assistant for one season at NCAA I Austin Peay State. Prior to his experience at APSU, Cook spent three seasons as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., where he helped the Bearcats pitching staff post one of the top team ERA's in Division II baseball. Cook was part of a coaching staff that led Lander to a spot in the NCAA Division II National Poll each season, including a ranking of seventh nationally in 2005.

 In his career, Cook has coached over 70 players who have gone on to play professional baseball, including the first five Lander players to ever play professional baseball and another six who have made it to the Major Leagues. Cook has also assisted in recruiting three nationally ranked recruiting classes, the 2003 Winthrop incoming class, and each of the 2007 and 2009 ASU recruiting classes. Before coaching at Lander, Cook held coaching positions at Winthrop University, Collin County (Texas) Community College and at his alma mater, Rockford College. Cook also spent two summers as a head coach in the Coastal Plain League, one as head coach of the division champion Durham Americans and the second as head coach of the Wilson Tobs.

 Cook earned his Business Administration and Marketing degree at Rockford College. He is married to Wendy Cook, and they have a daughter, Julianna, born March 21, 2009.

 CHRIS COOK AT A GLANCE
Collegiate Coaching Career
2012-present: New Mexico Military Institute, NJCAA I, (head coach)
2006-2012: Arkansas State, NCAA I, (assistant coach/recruiting coordinator)
2006:  Austin Peay State University, NCAA I, (assistant coach)
2002-2005: Lander University, NCAA II, (pitching coach/recruiting coordinator)
2002: Winthrop University, NCAA I, (assistant coach)

2001: Collin County Community College, NJCAA I, (assistant coach/assistant athletic director)

1999-2001: Rockford College, NCAA III, (assistant coach/recruiting coordinator)

Summer Collegiate League Coaching Experience

2003: Durham Americans (Coastal Plain League) (head coach)

2004: Colleyville Lone Stars (Texas Collegiate League) (pitching coach)

2005: Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League) (head coach)

Playing Career
1993-96: Lane Community College
1996-98: Rockford College

Education
B.S. Business Administration and Marketing
Rockford College, 1998

Family
Wife: Wendy

Children: Julianna