S. S. Cooke

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S. S. Cooke
Sam Cooke.jpg
Cooke at Maryland in 1899
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born August 7, 1879
Hyattsville, Maryland
Died May 28, 1944(1944-05-28) (aged 64)[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1897–1899 Maryland
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899 Maryland
Head coaching record
Overall 1–4
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Samuel Stephen Cooke, Sr. (August 7, 1879 – May 28, 1944) was an American college football coach. He served as head coach for the football team at the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1899.

Biography[edit]

A native of Hyattsville, Maryland,[2] Cooke enrolled at the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1897.[3] He played on the football team from 1897 to 1899 as a fullback.[4][5] In the 1898 game against Western Maryland, Cooke performed the dubious feat of kicking a punt from midfield over his head and backwards 25 yards. The opponent scored a touchdown shortly thereafter.[6] The following season, the team elected Cooke as captain, but he suffered a broken arm in the first game against Western Maryland. By Thanksgiving, he returned to the sport, playing for the Hyattsville town team.[7] Cooke left the college before graduating and went to work for the Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, D.C.[3] He married Mary née Ward on March 28, 1910.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1899 Maryland 1–4
Total: 1–4
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Reveille, p. 42, Maryland Agricultural College, 1900.
  3. ^ a b c Alumni record of the Maryland Agricultural College: 1914, p. 77, Maryland Agricultural College, 1914.
  4. ^ All-Time Lettermen (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 19, University of Maryland, 2007.
  5. ^ Morris Allison Bealle, Kings of American Football: The University of Maryland, 1890–1952, p. 30, Columbia Publishing Co., 1952.
  6. ^ Bealle, pp. 30–35.
  7. ^ Bealle, p. 36.