Jeff Cook

UEFA Pro Licensed Soccer Coach

  • Date Joined: 28th June 2017
A highly experienced coach at Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer and their affiliate club Bethlehem Steel FC, Jeff has established an exceptional record of achievement over the course of his 27-year coaching career in elite level soccer.

Since joining the Union in 2013, Jeff has provided an invaluable resource for Philadelphia, serving as their Assistant Coach for Bethlehem Steel FC in the United Soccer League (US 2nd Division), U19 Head Coach, U17 Head Coach and formerly as the Assistant Academy Director.

Prior to transitioning to professional soccer, Jeff spent 17 years as a Head Coach at the NCAA Division I level, most notably building a highly successful program at Dartmouth College over 12 seasons. A recent inductee of the institution’s athletic hall of fame, he won five league titles, made seven NCAA tournament appearances, oversaw the highest performing Ivy League program during that period, and departed the college with a win percentage of over 50%.
Jeff Cook

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    UEFA
    Pro Licence
    2013

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence
    2005

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2004

  • United States Soccer Federation: A License

    United States Soccer Federation
    A License
    1995

  • United States Soccer Federation: B Licence

    United States Soccer Federation
    B Licence
    1994

  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA): National Advanced Diploma

    National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
    National Advanced Diploma
    1993

  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA): National Diploma

    National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
    National Diploma
    1991

  • Bates College: BA Economics

    Bates College
    BA Economics
    1989

Career History

  • Bethlehem Steel FC

    Bethlehem Steel FC
    Assistant Coach
    2016 – Present

  • Philadelphia Union

    Philadelphia Union
    Assistant Academy Director / U17 Head Coach
    2013 – 2016

  • Dartmouth College

    Dartmouth College
    Head Coach - Men’s Soccer
    2001 – 2013

  • University of Cincinnati

    University of Cincinnati
    Head Coach - Men’s Soccer
    1996 – 2001

  • Dartmouth College

    Dartmouth College
    Assistant Coach - Men’s Soccer
    1994 – 1996

  • Wheaton College

    Wheaton College
    Head Coach - Men’s Soccer
    1991 – 1994

  • University of Massachusetts

    University of Massachusetts
    Assistant Coach - Men’s Soccer
    1990 – 1991

Key Achievements

  • First Assistant Coach at Bethlehem Steel, with responsibility for designing and executing training sessions, tactical and technical match preparation, video analysis, and coordinating player movement between the Academy, USL team and Philadelphia Union
  • Helped to develop the Philadelphia Union’s first two MLS ‘Homegrown Player’ signings since the founding of the full-time academy program
  • Led the Philadelphia Union U19s to win the US Soccer Development Academy 2016/17 East U19 Atlantic Division, and the U17s to a 2nd place finish in the US Soccer Development Academy 2015/16 U17 national standings
  • Assisted in monitoring an annual budget of nearly $4.5 million across all aspects of the Philadelphia Union’s academy program
  • Experienced in assisting with Philadelphia Union first team training sessions, scouting, and match preparation
  • Departed Dartmouth with a coaching record of 106W-74D-31L (50.24% win percentage) and oversaw the rise of the College to be the most successful Ivy League soccer program between 2002 and 2013
  • Won the Ivy League league title in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011; led the program to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 seasons; and became one of 12 Division I programs to qualify for five consecutive NCAA Championships all with Dartmouth
  • Led the coaching and development of 53 All-Ivy Players, two All-Americans, and three Scholar-Athlete All-Americans at Dartmouth, as well as players earning selection to the MLS combine for four consecutive years
  • Achieved a record of 44W-42D-13L over five seasons at the University of Cincinnati and won the 1997 Conference USA Coach of the Year award
  • Coached the University of Cincinnati to its first selection to the NCAA tournament; made five consecutive Conference USA Tournament appearances; and developed the school’s first men’s soccer All-American and Scholar- Athlete
  • Left Wheaton with a record of 31W-22D-5L and led the team to qualify for two consecutive ECAC tournaments in 1992 (13W-6D- 1L) and 1993 (12W-6D-2L)

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