Lynda Cook enters her seventh season as an assistant coach with the Kentucky softball program.
As a former teammate of Kirchner's, Cook was an obvious choice to be the first assistant coach of the UK softball program. Kirchner believes that Cook's ability to relate well to others and her diligent nature made her the perfect choice to help lead the Wildcats' building process.
As assistant coach, Cook assists with recruiting, travel arrangements and scheduling. On the field, she is in charge of catchers, infielders, and the offensive short game. Cook is also the primary contact for softball camps and clinics.
"Lynda has been a godsend as an assistant. Our rapport and similar philosophies as teammates have been essential to us working together now," Kirchner said.
"Lynda is a very capable, intelligent, enthusiastic coach with whom I am thrilled to work."
Cook, who has been involved in high-level softball for more than 12 years, joined Kentucky after serving as volunteer assistant coach at Romeoville (Ill.) H.S. Prior to that, Cook coached in the Chicago Park District summer league.
From 1990-1995, Cook did not coach, but remained active by playing on ASA women's summer teams, including six straight national qualifying teams. Cook worked as a financial analyst at Coopers & Lybrand and as an accountant at NBD Bank in Chicago. While in Chicago, Cook also earned a Master's of Science in Accountancy from DePaul University in 1994.
Cook started her coaching career in 1989 as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. While coaching at Iowa, Cook helped the Hawkeyes claim the 1990 Big Ten crown and qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the same accomplishments the team achieved while she was a player the previous season.
Cook and Kirchner played two years together at Iowa in 1986 and 1987. As a Hawkeye, Cook was a two-time member of the Academic All-Big Ten team while earning her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree. In 1989, a banner year for Cook, she was awarded the Big Ten Scholar-Athlete Award, named to the All-Big Ten second team and was Iowa's MVP.
Cook, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her husband Wayne live in Lexington. They are the proud parents of a brand new baby boy, Ryan Sean.
Kirchner on Cook: "Lynda is an exceptional coach and an exceptional friend. She has a great rapport with the players and she is an excellent recruiter. One of my best decisions ever was to hire her."