Brian Cook (football administrator)
Brian Cook (born 14 November 1955) is a Scottish-born Australian businessman and former Australian rules football player and coach who is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Cook played for a number of different clubs in several Australian states and territories, including the Box Hill Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), the Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL), and the East Perth and Subiaco Football Clubs in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL), and later captain-coached the Ainslie Football Club in the Australian Capital Territory Football League (ACTFL). After his retirement from coaching, Cook occupied positions with the Australian Sports Commission and the West Australian Football Commission, before being appointed CEO of the West Coast Eagles in 1990. He quit this position in 1999 to take up the same role with Geelong.
Playing and coaching career
Cook moved to Canberra in 1986 and took up the post of National Sports Research Coordinator with the Australian Sports Commission.
He then returned to Perth and spent two years as the general manager of the West Australian Football Development Trust and a further two years as CEO of the West Australian Football Commission before being appointed as CEO of the West Coast Eagles in 1990.
During his nine years at the Eagles, the club quadrupled its membership, dramatically increased revenue and became the first non-Victorian club to win the AFL premiership, in 1992, and also winning the 1994 AFL flag. Ironically, both successes achieved against Geelong.
Appointed as CEO of the Geelong Football Club in 1999, Cook has overseen a complete overhaul of the once-struggling club's finances as well as being a key supporter of former coach Mark Thompson along with club president Frank Costa.
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