The Campaign for Cook Field
The North Cross community needs to recognize this man’s contribution to his students and players by coming together and building this field in his honor.” ~ Chris Proctor, Headmaster
Richard Cook is the father of soccer at North Cross School and the Roanoke Valley. For the last 43 years he has dedicated himself as a teacher, mentor, leader and coach. John Tucker, former Headmaster at North Cross School, hired him in 1972 to start a soccer program at the school. Richard coached for 36 years and compiled 458 wins. For over 30 years every headmaster at North Cross School has wanted to name a field in his honor. We have now made this aim a reality.
Thank you to all of our donors
This project was only made possible by numerous people at numerous levels. Their names are inscribed on the entry sign to the field and we thank them for their commitment and thoughtful support of this honorable effort.
Read Richard and Nancy's remarks from the dedication.
“Mr. Cook’s passion for teaching is obvious from the first day of class. He never fails to go the extra mile to help students, and he is always the first to congratulate students on their success whether it’s in class, on stage, or on the athletic field.”
~ Anna Cooper ’14
“Richard Cook was not only knowledgeable about soccer but he was willing to lead the valley in the right direction with the development of Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer (Roanoke Star), his soccer camps, adult leagues, and the many players, parents, and coaches that he taught, influenced, and motivated. Richard was a big reason that I ended up at North Cross. Those same qualities that he showed as a soccer coach he also displayed as a teacher and advisor to the students that he mentored at North Cross.”
~ Grayson B. Prillaman ’88