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Princeton’s Cook (Marple Newtown) is promoted to head coach after 10 years as Sailer’s assistant

Wednesday, 25th May 2022

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/25/22
From Press Release

Princeton Athletics has announced the promotion of Marple Newtown graduate Jenn Cook to women’s lacrosse head coach as announced by Ford Family Director of Athletics John Mack ‘00 to the team in a meeting this afternoon.

Jenn Cook

Cook, who has coached at Princeton for the previous 10 years – including the last five as Associate Head Coach – succeeds Chris Sailer (Haverford High) who retired after a 36-year Hall of Fame career as head coach of the Tigers. She is the fourth head coach in program history, following in the footsteps of Penny Hinckley (1973-77), Betty Logan (1978-86) and Sailer (1987-2022).

“I am ecstatic that Jenn Cook will be our next head coach of women’s lacrosse,” said Ford Family Director of Athletics John Mack ’00. “She is an exceptional coach, and an even better person. Jenn has been an integral part of our program’s success over the last decade, and I cannot think of anyone better to take over for Coach Sailer. With Jenn at the helm, the sky is the limit for our program.”

Cook has been part of the continuation of Princeton’s storied success in women’s lacrosse since arriving on campus in 2013. She has been part of seven Ivy League regular season championships and helped Princeton win five Ivy League Tournaments.

The Tigers have reached the NCAA Tournament in all eight possible seasons during Cook’s tenure, reaching the quarterfinals three times and winning at least one game in six of eight trips to the national tournament.

“I am honored and extremely grateful to be named head coach of women’s lacrosse at Princeton University,” said Cook. “I am thankful to John Mack, Allison Rich, Anthony Archbald and the search committee for sharing in my vision for leading this program into the future. It is a special opportunity to represent such a prestigious university and incredible lacrosse program.

“Princeton truly is an extraordinary place, and I am excited to continue my journey here. I look forward to working alongside our phenomenal student-athletes, staff, administrators, and alumni to build upon the rich tradition and legacy of Princeton Women’s Lacrosse.

I also would like to thank my mentors Chris Sailer and Jenny Levy for their endless support and guidance. Chris and Jenny spent countless years preparing me for this next step in my coaching career and for that I will always be grateful. Go Tigers!”

After the 2020 and 2021 seasons were impacted by COVID-19, Princeton returned to action — and picked up right where it left off — in 2022. Cook and the Tigers won a seventh consecutive Ivy League regular season title with an undefeated 7-0 Ivy run that included a 17-14 win over Yale in a battle of Ivy unbeatens on the final day of the regular season.

One week later, the Tigers again defeated the Bulldogs at Class of 1952 Stadium — this time by a score of 19-9 — to win a fourth consecutive Ivy League Tournament. The Tigers would finish the season 15-4 and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament following a 15-9 win over UMass at home to open NCAAs.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Jenn Cook will become the fourth head coach of women’s lacrosse at Princeton,” said Chris Sailer. “It has been my honor and privilege to work side by side with Jenn over the past 10 years. She has made me a better coach in so many ways, and I am so grateful for her friendship, her loyalty and her commitment to our program and players.

“During her time with the Tigers, Jenn has helped build and transform our team culture along these themes that we affectionately refer to as ‘Jennisms’: we are the work we do; honesty is love; greatness is a constant ascension; and fail at 100%. Jenn is an incredible on-field coach. She loves talking X’s and O’s, teaching techniques and systems, developing game plans and making in-game adjustments that give our team the edge.

“But what makes her really special is how much she cares about her players and the overall team experience. From the moment she came to Princeton, Jenn has modeled character, work ethic, and leadership each and every day. Our players trust Jenn, believe in Jenn and love playing for Jenn as much as I have loved coaching with her. I wish her all the success in the world as she takes over the Princeton Women’s Lacrosse program.”

Princeton’s overall record with Cook on staff is 111-44 (.716) since 2013, and the Tigers have won 10+ games in all eight full seasons contested while Cook has patrolled the sidelines. Inside the Ivy League, Cook has helped Princeton to a 56-6 (.903) record, never losing more than one Ivy game in a season.

During Cook’s 10 years on staff, she has helped coach 12 IWLCA All-Americans, 27 All-Region selections and 50 All-Ivy honorees.

In 2019, Cook was named the IWLCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. She currently serves as co-chair of the IWLCA’s Mentorship Committee.

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