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Mountain View’s Cooke steps down

Citing the desire to spend more time with his wife and two young children, Mountain View’s Eric Cooke relinquished his position as the school’s head football coach earlier this week.

Cooke has been with the program every season since the school opened in 2005, compiling a 13-37 record during that time.

When reached by phone on Thursday afternoon, Cooke said that he’d like to pursue a career as an assistant principal and to spend more time with his wife of 13 years, Laurie, and two children -- 9-year-old Carson and 6-year-old Kendall.

“My family has given up a lot over the years,” Cooke said. “It’s just time for them to have a father and a husband around for all 12 months, instead of just part of the year.”

Cooke’s Wildcat team finished the 2009 season at 4-6 and nearly snuck into the Northwest Region Division 5 playoffs, losing in the season’s final week to eventual region champion Massaponax, 38-19.

Mountain View will return a wealth of talent next season, including wide receiver Anthony Johnson, a 6-foot-3 junior who has already garnered significant recruiting interest from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland. Johnson had 42 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns this fall while hampered by a late-season ankle injury.

The decision also came only a few days before senior quarterback Jordan King was offered a scholarship by William & Mary. King completed 128 of his 248 passes this season for 1,750 yards and 13 touchdowns while also carrying 114 times for 654 yards and four more scores.

“The program should take off in the next year or two,” Cooke said. “There’s really a core group of kids. Those guys will all come together and the program should take off.”

Mountain View athletic director Chris Courtney said he'd take applications through the holidays and would then form a committee to appoint Cooke's replacement in early to mid-January.

By Jason Mackey  |  December 4, 2009; 6:12 AM ET
Categories:  Football , Mountain View , Northwest Region  
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