New teacher joins special education department, coaches JV soccer team

By Max Nesbit

INDEPENDENT STAFF

 

Recent college graduate Colin Cook is a new addition to the school staff as a special education teacher’s assistant and a member of the boys’ soccer coaching staff.

Cook graduated from Wilbraham and Munson Academy and then attended Springfield College, both located in Western Massachusetts.

This year is his first year working in a school system.

He is one of the youngest teachers on the school’s staff. “He is a lot more laid back than my other teachers, but I love the way he teaches, and his relaxed style helps me learn,” junior Hunter Coons said.

Cook can be recognized by his pink, yellow, and blue polka dotted backpack. “The backpack adds style and is hot to death,” Cook said.

In addition to his teaching assistant job, Cook also is the JV boys’ soccer coach and often assists coach Robert Bilsbury with the varsity team. “I hope my youth and experience as a forward can help the team win,” Cook said.

Bilsbury said Cook brings a new perspective to coaching.

“As a goalkeeper, I have always been focused more on the defensive side of the ball,” Bilsbury said, “Coach Cook brings excellent insight into the best playing options for forwards, along with a skill set of attacking moves and techniques that I am not able to demonstrate nearly as well.”

Cook made the All-State team twice for his high school soccer team and played a year for the semi-pro Massachusetts Twisters. He hopes to one day become a varsity coach.

“I feel like [Cook] has a very bright future in coaching ahead of him,” Bilsbury said.

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