Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook announced that his daughter Lauren Cook was coming home to play volleyball for the Huskers after spending her freshmen year at UCLA where she had an outstanding Freshmen season. Cook also announced the arrival of a new player and another who is forced to retired.
Lauren said she just didn’t fit into the lifestyle at UCLA and the school didn’t have her major. She said she may have rushed into her decision to play at UCLA, but wanted to get out on her own and not be known as “John Cook’s daughter.” Well, she certainly made a name for herself. The 5’8 setter started 32 matches at UCLA last season, helping the Bruins to a 24-9 record and final ranking of 14th in the country. She was also the AVCA National Freshman of the Year, where she averaged 10.69 assists, 2.44 digs, 0.77 kills and 0.40 blocks per set.
Listen to Lauren Cook’s comments.
Morgan Broekhuis enrolled in school for the start of the winter semester, which started Monday. Broekhuis led Colorado Springs Christian to a 30-0 record, dropping just four sets all season. She was named Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year. As one new Husker comes on board another is forced to retire. Redshirt Freshmen Kaitlynn James was forced to retire because of shoulder injuries. She will remain on scholarship and continue to take classes at NU.
Coach Cook said the family discussed Lauren’s move for about three weeks and sought the advice of A.D. Tom Osborne as well as Scott Frost, who was in a similar situation having played one year of football at Stanford before returning home. Cook does not believe that his relationship with his daughter will affect the coach-player relationship. He sites several examples.
Listen to John Cook’s comments.