May 23, 2017

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official Alumni Association of NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters players, wishes to congratulate NBRPA member Darwin Cook on being named Head Coach of the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) Men’s Basketball Team.

Cook played collegiately at the University Of Portland where he earned many awards during his career including 1977 & 1980 Team MVP, 1980 Portland Co-Athlete of the Year, 1979 & 1980 All West Coast Conference Team, and Honorable Mention All American, while also graduating with his bachelor’s in Secondary Education. Cook graduated from the University of Portland as the school’s all time leader in assists, steals, and points scored. In 1991, Cook was inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor.

Cook played eight seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, and the Denver Nuggets. He also played four years professionally on the international level in Italy.

“Adding coach Cook to our staff is a huge step in the right direction,” said University of Antelope Valley President Marco Johnson. “Our goal at UAV is to produce quality young men and women, and Darwin has clearly demonstrated that he possesses the qualities needed to accomplish both. Knowing what it takes to compete at the highest level both academically and athletically will be transferred to our basketball players daily. We expect to compete at a high level immediately.”

“I am very excited about being the new head coach of the men's basketball program at UAV,” said Cook. “I am looking forward to being a part of the success stories as we continue to reach our goal of the sports programs and to lead our young men that represent our university. Let's Go Pioneers!”

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens, and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Scott Rochelle is Acting President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Dwight Davis, Vice Chairman Mike Glenn, Treasurer Casey Shaw, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman, and Eldridge Recasner.