Contacted Monday while salmon fishing near Riggins, Lee Jay Cook said he was very excited about his new responsibilities at his alma mater.
Cook, 32, a 2001 graduate of Carey High School, will replace his father Lee Cook as Carey High School athletic director starting in the 2015-16 school year. He is the fifth of six children of Lee and Sandy Cook.
“I’m so excited about the new job,” said Cook, whose new position was approved in May by the Blaine County School District board of trustees. “I’m a little worried trying to fill my dad’s shoes, but Carey has a lot of good things going for it and I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities.”
A 2008 Idaho State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in health, Cook earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from ISU in 2010.
He took his first full-time teaching position at Gooding High School in 2011 and just finished his fourth year teaching physical education there, the last two serving as assistant athletic director. He coached basketball for three years and golf this past year.
Cook and his wife Lindsay have one son, Bronson, 3 in July. The new AD played three sports at Carey High, winning a state eight-man football championship during his sophomore year and playing on the State 1A runner-up Carey boys’ basketball team as a senior in 2001.
His three older brothers are James, Cameron and Aaron, and younger brother Tyler is his other brother. Lee Jay has a sister, Kelly.
Outgoing athletic director Lee Cook, 66, was recognized as 1A/2A “Athletic Director of the Year” during the 4th District Coaches Association season-ending banquet May 18 in Twin Falls. He will retire this month. Principal John Peck has presented Cook with a lifetime pass to Carey games.
Starting in 1984, Cook taught at his alma mater Carey for 31 years including the last 10 as athletic director and boys’ track coach, plus 28 years as football coach and 18 years as basketball coach.
Carey High School gave athletic awards during its May 19 Citizenship Awards program.
Track coaches Lane Kirkland, Liz Young and James Morey gave out certificates of participation and letters to team members. They saluted the seven female letter winners and 16 boys who received letters.
The top point-getters for girls’ track were Shayla Adamson, Medin Cenarrusa, Kelsey Barker and Clarissa Kirkland. Earning high-point boys’ awards were Zach Olsen, Toby Whitworth, Joe Parke and Matt Whitworth.
Named to the Carey Athletic Wall of Fame for doing three different sports for four straight years were Chris Peck, Alex Durtschi, Matt Whitworth and Nate Adamson.
Bob and Buryl Eldredge were honored by the Carey Athletic Association (CAA) as the Panther Boosters of the Year. They receive free admission to next year’s home games for the Carey Panthers.
Represented by Alex Durtschi, the Carey student athletes gave special recognition to Kenny Bailey for being “Bus Driver of the Year.” Bailey accepted the award, saying “I have a job I thoroughly enjoy,” and adding how happy it makes him to get the kids safely to their destinations.