Former University of Kentucky wide receiver Tommy Cook has returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach, Coach Joker Phillips announced Thursday.
"I've tried to get Tommy here since he graduated," Phillips said. "The leadership and toughness he showed as a player, and the respect that he will earn from the (current) players, are the qualities that will make him a great coach."
Cook played for the Wildcats from 2000-05, including a sixth year to complete his eligibility because of medical hardship. Cook totaled 74 career catches for 951 yards and six touchdowns. He assisted Phillips in coaching the wide receivers while recovering from an injury during the 2004 season.
After graduation, Cook spent four years in medical sales but he never drifted far from his football roots.
"My grandfather was a football coach and principal, and my father was a football coach and teacher, so it's in my blood," Cook said.
Cook will serve as a graduate assistant for the defensive coaches. He replaces Dontae Wright, whose term as a graduate assistant has expired. Having earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology, Cook will work on a master's degree in sports leadership.