Shanna Cook joins the Tulane staff for 2006-07 with 11 years experience as an assistant coach, including the past two years at Samford University where she helped the Bulldogs set a school record last year with a 21-8 mark. While the 2006-07 season will be Cook's first at Tulane, it is not her first experience in the Crescent City as she starred at UNO from 1991-95 and served as an assistant coach with the Privateers from 1996-2004.
"I'm excited to have Shanna join our staff," head coach Lisa Stockton said on May 11, 2006, announcing the hire. "I have known her ever since she played at UNO, and always had great respect for her as a coach and a recruiter. She has tremendous ties to the community and brings different recruiting bases that will help open new doors for us. She brings 11 years of experience and will be a tremendous asset to our program."
Cook assists in all facets of recruiting, practice schemes and game-plan implementation. In addition, she helps coordinate the Green Wave's community service projects and youth camps.
"One thing that has really impressed me is how much she loves New Orleans and how much she wants to be a part of the city again," Stockton said. "That says a lot about her character and I look forward to working with her."
At Samford, she helped the Bulldogs post a combined 34-23 record, back-to-back double-digit win seasons and the first 20-win season in school history. Last season, Samford posted its best conference finish to date, going 15-5 to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference and just one game back of a three-way co-championship.
Cook began her coaching career at her alma mater in 1996. During her time on the UNO bench, the Privateers won a combined 99 games, posted a pair of winning seasons and finished as high as third in the Sun Belt West Division in 2000-01.
A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at UNO, Cook played in 114 games during her college career, averaging 9.2 points and 2.7 rebounds a game while dishing out 341 assists. Cook set UNO records for 3-pointers in a game (eight), season (91) and career (187). She also ranks among the all-time leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.341), minutes (3,116) and steals (173).
As a junior, she led the Sun Belt Conference with a 5.0 assist-per-game average and topped the league in 3-point field goal percentage her final two seasons. In her senior year, she ranked third in the nation in 3-point shooting, and was selected to compete in the 1995 Women's 3-Point Shooting Championship in Seattle, Wash., during the week of the NCAA Men's Final Four.
"I'm absolutely elated about coming back (to New Orleans)," Cook said. "This could not have worked out better and I'm very excited to work at Tulane. I lived in New Orleans for so long and loved it, and having an opportunity to come back and work at a place like Tulane is just a tremendous opportunity. I'm especially excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Stockton and be around a program that has been tremendously successful."
A native of Canaan, Ind., Cook originally came to New Orleans in the fall of 1991 following a stellar career at Madison Consolidated where she was a third-team all-state selection as a senior after averaging 19.2 points per game, and was an honorable-mention all-state selection following her sophomore and junior seasons. She also played on a pair of state champion AAU squads.
Cook completed her bachelor's degree in sports management from UNO in 1996 and earned a master's of education in 2000.