BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- On Friday, Dec. 10, Louisiana State University (LSU) Head Football Coach Brian Kelly announces Kelly Cook as the new defensive coach for LSU’s football team.

Cooks spent the past two seasons as a defensive analyst at Notre Dame. He comes to LSU having enjoyed tremendous success as both a player and coach. He was team captain at Iowa in 1997 and earned All-Big Ten honors as a defensive back.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent the very best football program in the country,” Cooks said. “There are very few places where year in and year out you will be able to compete for it all. The history and tradition of LSU is like no other. I consider it a privilege to be a part of such a special place and program.” 

As a coach, Cooks has helped the team earn bowl appearances 17 times in 19 years.  He’s also been part of three College Football Playoff appearances with Oklahoma as well as the BCS National Championship Game with Notre Dame, according to the release.

Kelly shares his thoughts on Cooks new role;

“I am excited to add a Kerry Cooks to our defensive staff,” Kelly said. “He is a versatile coach and a proven recruiter, and he has a unique ability to empower and inspire student-athletes.  His experience at the highest levels of the game as a player, position coach, and coordinator will be instrumental to our success moving forward.”

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