Russell Cook – Offensive Line
Russell Cook joined the Bartlesville football staff in July of 2021 to coach the Bruins offensive line.
Cook comes to Bartlesville after eight-plus seasons as head coach of the Pawnee Black Bears. Cook took over at his alma mater in 2013 when the Black Bears had only won 3 games in the previous two seasons. He guided the Black Bears to the Oklahoma Class A state semifinals in 2019, finishing the season with a 13-1 record. His 2020 group won a second consecutive district title and closed out the year in the state quarterfinals, with a 9-2 record.
During Russell Cook’s tenure in Pawnee, the Black Bears ranked near the top of Class A in rushing each season, made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, and won 49 games. Cook was named all area coach of the year and region 2 coach of the year in 2019. He was named district coach of the year in 2019 & 2020. Cook was also the organizer of the Pawnee Bill All Star football game each year he coached at Pawnee.
Prior to his time in Pawnee, Cook served for three seasons as the defensive line and wide receivers coach for Cushing High School. Cook helped build the Tigers football team into an elite program in his time serving under head coach Barrett Shupe. Cook helped propel the program to new heights and the 2014 Tigers finished 4th in the district and went on an unprecedented run into the 3A state finals were they fell to Heritage Hall. “He definitely changed the mindset of our kids during his 3 years in Cushing. We don’t make the run we made without that mindset.” said Shupe.
Cook spent one season at Hartshorne high school as the Miners’ defensive line and wide receivers coach. His lone season at Hartshorne produced an 8-3 record, 2nd place finish in the district and a spot in the Oklahoma 2A state playoffs.
Cook spent five seasons (2006-2010) as the defensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Prague Red Devils. While at Prague, Cook’s defense led the Red Devils to five playoff appearances and his offensive line paved the way for one of the top rushing attacks in Oklahoma Class 3A. Under Cook’s tutelage, Red Devil offensive lineman Denton Simek became one of the top linemen in the state. Simek developed into a 3-star prospect and signed to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Cook, 41, received his bachelor’s degree from the Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from East Central University. He married his high school sweetheart Nikki and they have three children.
Season……… Playoff Round (School)
2006………….. Oklahoma State 2A Playoff Qualifier (Prague)
2007………….. Oklahoma State 2A State Semifinalist (Prague)
2008………….. Oklahoma State 2A State Playoffs 2nd Round (Prague)
2009………….. Oklahoma State 2A Playoff Qualifier (Prague)
2010………….. Oklahoma State 2A Playoff Qualifier (Prague)
2011………….. Oklahoma State 2A Playoff Qualifier (Hartshorne)
2012………….. Oklahoma State 3A Playoff Qualifier (Cushing)
2013………….. Oklahoma State 3A Playoff Qualifier (Cushing)
2016………….. Oklahoma State Class A Playoff Qualifier (Pawnee)
2017………….. Oklahoma State Class A Playoff Qualifier (Pawnee)
2018………….. Oklahoma State Class A Playoff Qualifier (Pawnee)
2019………….. Oklahoma State Class A State Semifinalist (Pawnee)
2020………….. Oklahoma State Class A State Quarterfinalist (Pawnee)
THE COOK PERSONAL FILE
Birthdate: November 1, 1979
Birthplace: Stroud, Oklahoma
Hometown: Pawnee, Oklahoma
Family: wife Nikki, daughters Mckayla & Jayda; son Rustyn