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Alcorn State adds to athletics staff

January 12, 2001

ALCORN STATE, Miss. - The Alcorn State University athletics department officially announces the hiring of Johnie Cooks who will serve as the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director for Fundraising and Marketing. Prior to his appointment to Alcorn State, he spent the previous two years as a legislative liaison for Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove.

Cooks was the assistant athletics director of administration at Mississippi State University from 1992 until the conclusion of the 1999 football season. He was the director of the NCAA Life Skills program, which includes the support systems and career programs for Mississippi State's student-athletes. In addition, Cooks was the advisor and coordinator for the M-Club and student-athlete advisory council.

The Leland, Mississippi native was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference performer as a linebacker during his playing days with the Bulldogs football team. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the Bulldogs' 1981 Hall of Fame Bowl victory over Kansas. In addition to earning first team All-America honors as a senior, Cooks was named United Press International's 1981 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

Following his college playing days, Cooks was the second pick overall in the 1982 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts. After spending six years (1982-87) with the Colts, he played three seasons with the New York Giants and was a member of the 1990 Super Bowl Champions.

Cooks is married to the former Maggie Jo Waldrip of Louisville, Mississippi and they are the parents of one daughter, Joni and one son, Johnie Jr.

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