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Following mysterious suspension, Winthrop parts ways with coach

The university has decided to part ways with head coach Kevin Cook.

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About a month ago, Winthrop’s head coach Kevin Cook, was suspended by the university with no further information than he would not be coaching the team. Now, 30 days later the university and Cook have decided to mutually go in separate direction, according to a report by the Herald.

“I would like to thank Coach Cook for his years of service to our women’s basketball program. Everyone at Winthrop University wishes him the best in his future endeavors on and off the court,” stated athletic director Kenneth Haplin in a press release from the university.

Again, no further information has been given at this time of what specifically is the reason behind the parting of Cook. He has been the head coach of the Eagles since June of 2012, compiling an overall record of 68-77 in his time with Winthrop.

For the past eight games, which the Eagles have gone 0-8, assistant coach Lynette Woodard has been the interim head coach and will finish out the remainder of the season in this position.

Cook told the Herald:

“I’ve successfully coached women’s basketball at many levels of competition for 30 years,” Cook said when reached by phone on Friday. I’m looking forward to coaching again, with my integrity intact. My agreement with Winthrop and the university’s media release speak for themselves. I will add that I only hope Winthrop women’s basketball program has nothing but success.”