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Former Damascus basketball coach finds new employment

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Published on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Montgomery County native Pat Cook is leaving the Old Line State.

Cook, a 1985 Wheaton High School graduate who once guided the boys basketball program at Damascus, has accepted a position as the head boys basketball coach at McBee High School in South Carolina.

“The school does have a basketball tradition,” said Cook, who noted that McBee’s junior varsity team finished undefeated last season. “It’s a small, rural school. They were looking to bring in somebody that could rebuild.”

Cook, 46, said that his move to another state was a family decision and noted that South Carolina has a “warmer climate” than Maryland.

Last month, Cook resigned as the boys basketball coach at Tuscarora High after a three-year stint at the Frederick County public school.

During his tenure at Tuscarora, Cook guided the Titans to a state semifinal appearance for the first time in school history. Tuscarora finished 20-6 during the 2011-2012 campaign before falling to Urbana in the region title game last season.

“Tuscarora was awesome,” said Cook, who compiled a 48-30 mark in three seasons. “I’m going to miss it a lot.”

After a two-year apprenticeship at Damascus, Cook got his first head coaching job at the Montgomery County public school in 1999 and compiled a 92-77 record during seven seasons at the helm of the program.

He was also an assistant at Quince Orchard under Paul Foringer for three seasons and spent time as an assistant at the Montgomery College campuses in both Germantown and Rockville.

Cook played junior varsity basketball for Foringer at Wheaton and said the Quince Orchard head coach has been instrumental in his career.

“Playing for Paul Foringer I learned a lot,” said Cook. “He was the reason that I wanted to become a coach. He taught me a lot about the game.”

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