AIKEN, SC – Aiken High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Brent Cook as the school’s next Head Varsity Wrestling Coach. A committee of AHS coaches, parents, and administrators tasked with searching for the school’s new head Wrestling coach is excited to announce its selection to lead the Aiken High Wrestling program to the next level.
Cook has 4 years of refereeing experience and 2 years of coaching experience at the varsity level. He started his coaching career at Barnwell high school in 2018. Cook came on as a volunteer coach for the hornets in 2019. Last year, with such a short stint with our program, Cook helped lead the Hornets in the region tournament to qualify 7 wrestlers for the lower state tournament. With 6 placing in the top 3. At lower state, the hornets came in 9th out of 19 teams and qualified 2 wrestlers for the state tournament.
“We are fortunate to have come out of the process with parents and fellow coaches with the very best candidate that will no doubt lead our Hornet Wrestling program into the future,” states Aiken High athletic director, Phillip Blacha. “We have a bright future with him at the helm, and our student-athletes and families will be fortunate to have such a great coach and man leading them daily. Go Hornets!”
Cook is a graduate of Tri-County Technical College with Degrees in Industrial Electronics and Mechatronics. He has been an employee at Savannah River Site for the past 5 years. He was a varsity wrestler for Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School 2009-2012 where he was a part of 2 State Championship teams.
“I am extremely grateful and appreciative of this opportunity given to me by Aiken High. I’ve been around the sport my whole life. I know how beneficial wrestling can be for these kids and this school. I get gratification from helping these young student-athletes set goals and reach them. Wrestling is more than just a sport to me. It changed my life. Wrestling prepared me for life outside of high school and truly made me the person I am today. I hope that it will do the same for the athletes that I’ll have the opportunity to coach. My hope is that I can take this young program and push it in the right direction to become successful and recognized across the state. I believe we have the talent at Aiken High to do that.”
Cook lives in Aiken with his wife Cassie, and their 4 dogs. Cassie is a Veterinary Technician in the Barnwell area.
“My wife and I are new to the Aiken community and we are excited to be joining the Aiken High School family. With the amazing potential I see around Aiken High, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this program. To anyone that has ever thought about wrestling, reach out to me and come give it a try. You won’t regret it. Thank you to Aiken High School for this opportunity and GO HORNETS!”