Women’s Basketball coach returns from Kenya

Kevin Cook, who is entering his third season as the head coach for the Gallaudet women’s basketball program, returned from a two-week trip to Kenya.

“That was a very rewarding and enriching experience,” said Cook. “The Kenyan people welcomed me and I enjoyed working with all of the athletes. I was impressed with the three-day coaching clinic attendance.”

Cook is no stranger to coaching in Africa. He guided Nigeria in the 2006 World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The following year he coached Nigeria in the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria where Nigeria posted a 7-1 record and won the silver medal.

In addition to the coaches’; clinics in Nairobi, Cook also held player clinics at the St. George’s Girls School and one for deaf athletes. The clinic for deaf athletes included nearly 30 men and women participants. No interpreter was available for the clinic, but the differences between American Sign Language and Kenyan Sign Language didn’t pose any insurmountable problems. “The good thing about this is that basketball is a universal language and the athletes I worked with were passionate and appreciative,” said Cook.

During the trip Cook was interviewed by an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Africa reporter. Read the story here.

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