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
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.


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.


  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.