The 2015 season will mark Coach Cooper’s fourth season as Head Coach at SWOCC and eighth year of coaching at the collegiate level. Since Coach Cooper has joined the program, the Lakers have produced eleven NWAACC All-Academic performers, thirteen All-Southern Region performers, two Southern Region gold glove winners, and two all NWAACC performers. He also spent time as an assistant at Delta State University and Johnson County Community College.
The 2014 season was a successful one. The Lakers finished in 3rd place of the NWAACC Southern Region and had six All-Southern Region performers as well as four NWAACC All-Academic performers. The program produced nine graduates and saw seven sophomores sign National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division II institutions.
Prior to his tenure at SWOCC, Coach Cooper spent time as an assistant at Delta State University and Johnson County Community College. While at Delta State, Cooper assisted with the infielders, hitters and recruiting. During Cooper’s tenure with the DSU baseball program (2008-2009), the Statesmen posted 86 wins, two Gulf South Conference West Division Championships (2008 & 2009), a Gulf South Conference Tournament Championship (2008), a second place finish in the 2008 South Central Regional Tournament; produced 16 All-Gulf South Conference selections, the 2008 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, eight All-South Central/South Region selections, and two ABCA All-Americans. Delta State also had three players move on to the professional ranks during that time.
Cooper enjoyed a solid playing career at Union University in Jackson, TN. He started 111 games for the Bulldogs in two seasons of play (2006-2007). He was honorable mention All-TranSouth Conference in 2006 and was awarded the TranSouth Conference gold glove award in 2007. Prior to Union, he played two seasons at Johnson County Community College under former Laker Head Coach, Daniel Esposito and ABCA Hall of Fame coach, Kent Shelley. Cooper was also a member of the 2003 Central Missouri State University team that won the NCAA Division II National Championship, coached by current Kansas State University Head Coach, Brad Hill.
Coach Cooper is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Delta State University in 2009.
Coach Cooper was married to his wife, Lindsey in 2012. The couple has one child, Rayleigh and a dog, Molly. They currently reside in Coos Bay.