Posted on September 11, 2020 · Posted in Athletic News, News, Press Release

(Burbank, IL) St. Laurence High School is excited to announce the hiring of Marcel Cook as the school’s new head wrestling coach.

A longtime assistant coach in the program, Cook takes the reigns of the school’s historic wrestling team and will look to bring it back to prominence. To do so, he will lean on his years of experience as both a coach and a wrestler, along with his coaching philosophy of preparation, readiness and persistence. After winning two conference championships at Argo High School, Cook continued his wrestling career at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He then jumped into his coaching career as head wrestling coach at Hayward High School in Hayward, California. Upon moving back to the Chicagoland area in 2016, Cook began his career as a varsity assistant with the Vikings, a position he held through last season. Cook was also a part of the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) staff from 2016-2019, where he coached one state champion and multiple state qualifiers.

“I am excited to lead a program with as much history as St. Laurence Wrestling,” said Cook. “The walls of our Wrestling Room are covered with rich tradition, displaying past wrestlers who won conference, sectional and state titles, and even made it as far as the Olympics. I know that this program has untapped potential, and I want to be the one who brings it back to where it belongs.”

Cook, who has developed strong relationships with many of the wrestlers on the team, will bring continuity to a program that has a very strong foundation. In recent years, Viking wrestlers have earned state placements, Chicago Catholic League titles and more.

“Marcel showed throughout the interview process that he is absolutely prepared to take the next step and lead our wrestling team,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “Coach Cook’s vision for the program that he shared during his interviews, combined with the fact that he is a favorite among many of our wrestlers, leaves me no doubt that he can build a successful program.”