HUNTINGDON, Pa.- The Juniata College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashley Nicole Cook as the Eagles eighth softball coach.
"After an extensive national search, Ashley separated herself as the best candidate to lead our softball program moving forward," said Athletics Director Greg Curley. "Her experience and success as a head coach, her commitment to and familiarity with Division III, and her background as a highly accomplished student-athlete, have us all very excited about the future of our softball program under her leadership."
Coach Cook comes to Juniata from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where she was the head softball coach and also the Co-Sports Information Director and Co-Senior Women Administrator. Previous to that, she was the Head Coach at Division II Bowie State University for five years (2013-2017). During her tenure there she was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year; the team was named Co-Champions of the Northern Division and made the Conference Championship in 2017.
"I am ecstatic for the opportunity that coach Curley and Juniata have given me," said coach Cook. "I am looking forward to working with the motivated Juniata College softball student-athletes in preparation for a great spring."
Cook had a decorated career as an athlete during her three years as a player at Bowie State. She ranked among the nation's best in slugging percentage, RBI, batting average and homeruns. She was named MVP, team captain and made the Dean's List while leading the Lady Bulldogs to three straight conference championships.
"I am looking forward to combining what I have learned with such a promising program," stated Cook.