Winthrop University

April 4, 2014

Cook hasn’t been contacted by Houston, not interested

Kevin Cook certainly helped build Winthrop’s women’s basketball program to its current apex, and according to the Houston Roundball Review blog is receiving interest from the University of Houston. But Friday, Cook denied that he’d been contacted and said he wasn’t interested in the job anyway.

Kevin Cook certainly helped build Winthrop’s women’s basketball program to its current apex, and according to the Houston Roundball Review blog is receiving interest from the University of Houston. That school’s coach, Todd Buchanan, abruptly resigned in December and interim coach Wade Scott led the Cougars through the rest of the season.

Cook, who just led Winthrop to its best season in school history, including a first Big South Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, is a natural candidate. He served as Houston’s associate head coach from 1995 to 1997, before joining the coaching staff of the WNBA’s Houston Comets.

But Winthrop athletic director Tom Hickman said in an email that Cook denied being contacted and that he wasn’t interested in the job anyway. Hickman also said it was common courtesy for schools to contact each other before directly getting in touch with a coaching target.

Houston’s interest in Cook was rumored earlier in the week and then reported by Houston Roundball Review’s Kris Gardner, via unnamed sources. Gardner’s story also noted that Texas Southern coach Johnetta Hayes-Perry, a Houston native, has also been contacted regarding the Cougars’ vacancy.

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