Leesburg native Tim Cook, the assistant principal and athletic administrator at Western Brown High School in Mount Orab, will begin his second year of a two-year term on the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors on Thursday when the board gathers in Columbus for its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year.
The OHSAA is the governing body of high school and junior high sports in Ohio. It is a voluntary, non-profit organization that governs 821 high schools and more than 800 middle schools, which includes more than 350,000 student-athletes.
Cook was an officer on the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association Board from 2001-09 and served as president in 2005-06. Since 2009, he has been the Southwest state representative and served on the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Board of Directors until 2014. He was elected to the OHSAA Southwest District Athletic Board in 2011 and served as president in 2013-14.
Cook is a 1980 graduate of Fairfield High School in Leesburg, where his father, Jim, was the athletic director for 31 years, and this spring finished his 51st year as a bus driver for the school district.
Tim earned degrees from Wilmington College in 1984 and the University of Dayton in 1987. He has been at Western Brown his entire career and held several coaching positions, including head boys basketball coach from 1991-97 and head girls softball coach from 1989-98. He was named to his current administrative position in 1997 and was named the Southwest Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2007. Tim received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2011.
Cook resides in Mount Orab with his wife, Lilly, the assistant principal at Mount Orab Middle School and whose father, Heckie Thompson, was the head boys basketball coach at Western Latham for 22 years and is in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Tim and Lilly have six children (four boys and two girls) who were all active student-athletes.