Jim Cook has stepped down as boys’ basketball coach at West Forsyth, ending his three-year tenure with the Wolverines to move back to Florida where he coached prior to taking the job at West, according to Wolverines athletic director Brett Phipps.
Phipps said there’s no specific timetable for finding a replacement, but Cook’s resignation means West is looking to hire new head coaches for both its basketball programs. David May stepped down in March as the girls’ head coach to take the same position at Collins Hill in Gwinnett County.
Indeed, Cook and May were both hired three years ago in the hopes of providing much-needed stability to West basketball programs accustomed to turnover. At the time, both were their respective program’s fifth head coach since the school opened in 2007.
Cook came to West after coaching 10 seasons in Florida at a time of turmoil for the Wolverines. West went 2-22 in 2011-12. Dennis Benedict was relieved of his coaching duties midway through the season after an alleged incident with a student in a classroom.
Cook helped West make gradual improvement from six wins the next season to 10 in 2013-14 and 11 this past season.