A life-long resident of the region, the 2014-15 school year is Dave Cook’s 25th-consecutive year as sports information director at Eastern and his 30th overall as a SID. He is the primary contact for the EWU football and men’s basketball teams, while also overseeing track and field and the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cook first came to Eastern on an interim basis in the 1985-86 school year, then spent four years (1986-90) at the University of Idaho. He returned to Eastern in 1990 and has been in his current position ever since.
In February 2011, Cook was awarded a 25-Year Award by the Spokane Sportswriters and Broadcasters (SWABS) at the annual Spokane Sports Awards Luncheon. In February 2003, the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association presented him with its Contributor Award, which is presented to individuals outside of the coaching ranks who contribute to the sport of track and field in the state of Washington.
He and former Eastern track coach Jerry Martin helped bring the WIAA State Track and Field Championships to Eastern in 1996, and Cook has served as the entries/results coordinator ever since. The meet will take place for the 20th year at EWU in 2015 (May 28-30).
His deep involvement with track and field began at Idaho, and, in the early 1990s, he was on the board of directors and worked at meets for Spokane Sports Unlimited. That organization was committed to securing and hosting national-level track and field meets in the Spokane area. He has also been involved in EWU's hosting of the Big Sky Conference Championships in 1992, 1997, 2006 and again in 2015 (May 13-16).
Cook has served on the executive committee for the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame since 1996 when it inducted its first class. He has also been a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America since 1986. In his career, Cook has worked or volunteered at numerous national, regional, league and local sports competitions in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and track and field.
He is a 1981 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., and received his associate degree from Yakima Valley Community College in 1983. He then attended Central Washington, where in 1985 he earned his bachelor’s degree in mass media, with concentrations in journalism and public relations.
His wife, Freida, has been a teacher in the Medical Lake School since 1991. They reside in Cheney and have a son, Evan (21 in February of 2015), and a daughter, Olivia (18 in June of 2015).