Cooks Accepts Position at Minnesota

Central Michigan University assistant football coach Kerry Cooks was named the Chippewas new safeties coach earlier this month. His stay at CMU has ended already though as Cooks has accepted a position at a Big Ten school.

Chippewas Insider has learned that Central Michigan University safeties coach Kerry Cooks has accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Minnesota.

When contacted, CMU head coach Brian Kelly confirmed that Cooks had recently taken a position on the staff of Minnesota head coach Glen Mason.

Kelly said he expects to name a replacement for Cooks within the next week.

Cooks had been introduced as one of two new Chippewa assistant coaches Feb. 2 at a press conference announcing CMU's 2005 recruiting class. Cooks was hired along with co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Robert Diaco to replace John Jancek and Butch Jones, who earlier accepted positions at Georgia and West Virginia respectively.

A 2000 graduate of the University of Iowa, Cooks was a fifth-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998. He retired from the NFL following the 2001 season after playing with Green Bay, Atlanta and Jacksonville.

He was the defensive MVP, defensive team captain and an all-Big Ten safety while playing for the Hawkeyes.

A native of Irving, Texas, Kerry began his coaching career at his alma mater, Nimitz High, as the secondary coach in 2003. He then served as a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 2003 when the Wildcats won the Big 12 title.

Cooks did an internship in the secondary with the St. Louis Rams in the summer of 2004. He spent last season as the secondary coach at Western Illinois University.

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