Winona ISD announces new interim athletic director, head football coach

WINONA, Texas (KETK) – Winona ISD announced that they’ve appointed Kenneth Cook as their new interim athletic director and head football coach on Friday.

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“I am excited about the opportunity to continue to build relationships with athletes,
coaches, staff, and parents of this community,” Cook said.

Cook started his coaching career at Chapel Hill High School where he served as a teacher, assistant coach and special teams coordinator. While Cook was at Chapel Hill High School, the football program won the State Runner-Up position in 2010 and won the State Championship in 3A Division 1 Football in 2011.

Cook has been with Winona ISD for the past seven years. In that time the district said he earned Recognized Status through the Teacher Incentive Allotment Program as a U.S. history instructor, served as defensive coordinator, head track coach and lead the football team to the State Quarterfinals in 2016.

Beyond football he coached the 4×4 meter relay team when they qualified for their state competition in 2023.

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Cook graduated from Gilmer High School, got an undergraduate degree with major in history and minor and social studies from UT Tyler and Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Texas A&M Commerce.

Kenneth and his wife Dana have three children, Kenya, D’Keyvin and Kennedy.

“As Kenneth Cook takes the helm at Winona ISD, the school and its community eagerly
anticipate a new chapter marked by his leadership, experience, and commitment to
fostering a positive and successful athletic program. Cook’s dedication to building
relationships and his passion for sports are poised to make a lasting impact on the
Wildcats’ athletic endeavors.”

Winona ISD

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