Head Men's Soccer Coach
A former University of Mary men’s soccer All-American, Dave Cook returned to his roots as the Marauders head men’s soccer coach in 2008. After much success at the high school level and as an assistant with the Marauders women’s program, Cook is now in his eighth season running the men’s program.
Quickly putting his mark on the program, Cook doubled the team’s win total from four in 2008 to eight in 2009 while playing a much more difficult schedule.
Cook led the move of the Marauders into the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2012, one of the premier men’s soccer leagues in NCAA Division II. This is the first time since the soccer program was established in 1995 that U-Mary had been a member of a conference.
In 2013 the Marauders earned several league honors from the GNAC. Five student-athletes were named to the GNAC All-Academic Team: Jacob Meyer, Rory Pratt, Ramiro Rivera, Kyle Roesler and Jonathan Sellars. Pratt was selected GNAC first team all-conference and Sellers was an honorable mention choice. Also Jordan Pearce claimed GNAC Player of the Week recognition.
Four Marauders earned GNAC all-conference recognition in 2014 as the Marauders picked up four conference wins. Jonathan Sellars was named to the second team while Aaron Mc Elwee, Adam Potter and Christoffer Nogueria were honorable mention selections. Additionally Sellars was an NSCAA West All-Region third team selection. Earning GNAC Academic All-Conference awards were Alex Boyes, Sellars, Jack West, Ramsey Blahnik and Cooper Cox. Also, Jack West received GNAC Player of the Week honors.
In seven years with the men’s program, Cook has a record of 29-79-13. In three years playing in the GNAC the Marauders are 11-25-6.
Cook was an assistant coach with the U-Mary women’s soccer program for four years (2004-07). During that time, the Marauders advanced to the 2007 NCAA regional tournament in their first year of eligibility and won the Northern Sun conference tournament twice in two opportunities. The U-Mary women’s team finished 2007 16-7-0 and ranked fourth in the region. While the assistant coach, the U-Mary women recorded a record of 48-31-7 and twice advanced to national tournament play.
The Bismarck Century High School co-head girls soccer coach from 2005-08, Cook guided the Patriots to a state championship in 2007 and four WDA titles. In his four years as head coach, CHS compiled a record of 58-8-5. Cook has a United States Soccer Federation “A” License, United States Soccer Federation “Y” License, a United States Soccer Federation Goalkeeping License, as well as an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Cook is a 2005 University of Mary graduate, where the Bismarck, ND, native earned NAIA honorable mention All-America honors for the Marauders as a senior. He is married to Marauders women’s soccer head coach Sarah (McNulty) Cook.
Head Women's Soccer Coach
After a successful high school coaching career, former University of Mary All-American Sarah Cook returned to her alma mater in 2012 to take the helm of the Marauders women’s soccer program. After claiming two state high school championships, Cook is in her sixth season as head coach of the Marauders.
“As a former women’s soccer player and an assistant coach at the University of Mary, I take a lot of pride in this program,” said Cook. “On the field our team will be disciplined, defensive-minded and organized, and will go after teams athletically. We will also continue our player’s community awareness and involvement.”
Cook is just the fifth women’s soccer head coach at U-Mary since the program started in 1995.
In her first season as the Marauders head coach, the Marauders continued their winning ways, finishing 10-8 overall and 10-5 in the Northern Sun. U-Mary ran off six straight wins to close the regular season and captured fifth overall in the NSIC and qualify for the league postseason tournament.
Several players won honors in 2012. Earning All-NSIC honors was Michelle Jones (1st team), Alex Bachman-Williams (2nd) and Ashley Akers (honorable mention). Jones and Bachman-Williams also were second team NSCAA all-region selections and Bachman-Williams also earned Daktronics all-region second team honors.
In 2013, Bachman-Williams again earned All-NSIC second team honors and goalkeeper Shelby Buttron was an honorable mention selection. Both also received NSIC Player of the Week recognition during the season.
Academically, ten Marauders claimed NSIC all-academic honors in 2013 after six were selected in 2012.
Two Marauders, Michelle McGeary (2nd team) and Andrea Muller (3rd team) earned All-NSIC honors in 2014. Buttron was named Goalkeeper of the Week the final weekend of the season. An impressive nine Marauders received NSIC all-academic recognition.
Michelle McGeary was again named All-NSIC honors in 2015 (3rd team), and 10 Marauders received NSIC all-academic recognition.
In 2016, Michelle McGeary was once again named All-NSIC honors, this time to the first team. 10 Marauders received NSIC All-Academic Recognition, and Megan Searson set the NCAA record (across all divisions) for the fastest goal in NCAA History at 3 seconds against University of Minnesota, Crookston.
The 2017 season was quite successful for the Marauders. Cook lead the team to a record of 12-5-2 overall and 9-4-2 in conference. The team earned the 5th seed in the NSIC Conference Tournament and made it to the semi-finals. The team tallied 6 shutouts and a 1.63 goals scored per game average. Two Marauders, Caitlin Dooley and Megan Lowery, earned All-NSIC Second Team honors. Caylin Cathey and Jade Smith earned All-NSIC Third Team honors, and Libby Patterson earned All-NSIC Honorable Mention. Eight Marauders earned NSIC All-Academic honors. Lowery and Dooley were also selected to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women’s All-Central Region team.
Cook and her staff coached the team to improvements on the defensive and offensive side of the game. The goalkeepers and defenders worked to achieve a 1.16 goals allowed average with only 22 goals allowed for the season. They also tallied 6 shut outs. On the offensive side, the Marauders improved from 23 goals in 2016 to 31 goals in 2017.
An assistant coach for the Marauders for three seasons (2009-2011), Cook helped the Marauders maintain their status as one of the top teams in the Northern Sun. U-Mary finished in the top five and posted a winning record and advanced to the NSIC tournament each year she was on the bench as the team’s top assistant.
In her first five years as head coach at Century High School in Bismarck, N.D., Cook directed the Patriots to state championships in 2007 and 2011. CHS also won four regional titles (2007-08, 2010-11). She coached the team from 2007 through 2012.
The winner of several coaching honors, Cook earned the US Youth Soccer Girls National Competitive Coach of the Year, Region II Girls Competitive Coach of the Year and the North Dakota Girls Competitive Coach of the Year honors in 2010.
A three-time All-American and three-time team captain at U-Mary when she was known as Sarah McNulty, she led the Marauders to NAIA national tournament appearances and Region III championships in 2002-04. A third-team All-American selection and the Region III Player of the Year in 2003, Cook earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2002 and 2004. She was U-Mary’s team captain and a first team All-Region selection in 2002-04. In her four seasons Cook recorded 35 assists, second all-time at U-Mary. Including 11 goals, she registered 57 points, 11th all-time for the Marauders.
Cook is twice a University of Mary graduate, earning a secondary education degree in biology (‘05) and a master's degree in Kinesiology - Sports and Physical Education Administration (‘15). The Region II Olympic Development Program Girl's Soccer head coach for 2003 girls, she has earned both a USSF “A” License, USSF Goalkeeping License, and USSF Youth License. In 2016, Cook was inducted into the University of Mary Hall of Fame for being a distinguished athlete for Women’s Soccer. Sarah is married to Mary men's head soccer coach David Cook and the couple have a daughter named Emma.