LincolnHR Program: John Cook – Dream Big, Dream Like a Champion
February 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: SCC Jack J Huck Continuing Education Center, Room 303 & 304
301 S 68th St Pl, Lincoln, NE 68510
This program will be hosted both in-person and also virtually via video. Anyone who registers for the virtual option below will be sent a link to join prior to the program beginning. It is recommended virtual attendees login at 11:50am for any pre-program announcements.
Dream Big, Dream Like a Champion!
Nebraska Volleyball, Head Coach
The philosophy of John Cook can be summarized in two simple words: Dream Big.
When Cook took over the reins of the Nebraska volleyball program in 2000, the challenge facing him was daunting. Cook replaced one of the sport’s legendary coaches in Terry Pettit, who won 694 matches and guided the Huskers to 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and six national semifinals. Cook, who left an emerging power in Wisconsin to guide the tradition-rich Husker program, had his own vision for Nebraska volleyball. He saw a program that had even more potential to grow.
When others saw risks, Cook saw opportunities.
Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has guided the Huskers to four NCAA Championships, 11 NCAA Semifinals appearances, nine Big 12 titles and four Big Ten titles. His teams have compiled a 689-100 record, owning the nation’s top winning percentage during his tenure. Cook is a three-time AVCA National Coach of the Year (2000, 2005, 2023) and three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2016, 2017, 2023). In 2017, Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame, joining Pettit as former Husker head coaches in the hall.
In 2023, Cook coached a team with no seniors to the NCAA Final and a 33-2 final record. The Huskers won the Big Ten Championship, and Cook was named AVCA National Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year. Cook did more for the growth of the sport of volleyball in 2023 than possibly any other year in his career. Cook took on the challenge of having his Huskers play a volleyball match outdoors in a football stadium, which was an overwhelming success story as 92,003 packed Memorial Stadium for Volleyball Day in Nebraska on Aug. 30. The event gained worldwide attention as the crowd set a record for the largest to attend a women’s sporting event anywhere in the world.
“It is a reflection of Nebraska volleyball and the program, and not about one person or one player,” Cook said when accepting the AVCA Coach of the Year Award in 2005. “We’re trying to be a leader in the sport. We’re trying to take risks and dream big, and fortunately I’m surrounded by a lot of people who have that vision. I’m really proud of what we’re doing to try and enhance the sport.”
Cook and his wife Wendy, a former two-time All-America setter at San Diego State, are the parents of two children, Lauren and Taylor, and have one granddaughter, Madden.
- Free for Current LincolnHR Members
- $25 for non-LincolnHR Members
Please register by Monday, February 12th.
If attending virtually, a link will be sent to you prior to the program beginning.