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Chris Cook ’15 will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program.
In his first year on the bench, the Blazers battled injuries to finish 13-12 overall, the program's 11th .500 or better record in its 13-year history. Davon Hill was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commowealth team, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick for the second straight year and was named the MAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Three players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and the Blazers earned an NABC Academic Excellence Award for their work in the classroom.
Cook joins the staff after playing the previous two years for the Blazers. After transferring in from Randolph-Macon College, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, graduating with a 3.35 grade point average. During his time on the court with the Blazers, Cook had a very successful playing career.
In his first year with the program, as a junior in 2013-2014, Cook helped lead the Blazers to 18-11 record. He represented the Blazers on all-tournament teams at the Shenandoah BB&T Basketball Tip Off and the Rotary of Frederick Holiday Classic. He also was named to the MAC Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court at the end of the season.
During his senior year in 2014-2015, Cook helped lead the Blazers to a 15-13 record while garnering countless accolades throughout the season. He was named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year, All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team by both D3hoops.com and the NABC 1st Team All Mid-Atlantic Region, Honorable Mention All-America by DIII New, and was one of ten national finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy (given to the country’s top men’s basketball player who embodies DIII’s academic and community service initiatives). In addition to being named to three all-tournament teams, Cook was named U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for his performance in the 2014 Frederick Rotary Basketball Tournament. He was also named MAC Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week three times.
A native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Cook earned his varsity basketball letters from Lee-Davis High School.
Cook is currently pursuing his Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Public Relations from Hood.
Erik Thomas ’16, a native of Glenn Dale, Maryland, is in his fourth season as a student-assistant coach for the Blazers.
In 2015-16, the Blazers battled injuries to finish 13-12 overall, the program's 11th .500 or better record in its 13-year history. Davon Hill was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commowealth team, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick for the second straight year and was named the MAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Three players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and the Blazers earned an NABC Academic Excellence Award for their work in the classroom.
Thomas began his basketball career with the Blazers in the fall of 2012 as an incoming freshman from Bishop McNamara High School. Knee injuries derailed Thomas’ playing career, but he did not want to walk away from the sport that he loved.
The next fall, Thomas joined Hood's coaching staff, providing leadership, energy, and mentorship to his former teammates.
His role expanded in March 2015, as Thomas' responsibilities include day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball program, recruiting, on-court instruction and player development.
'Coach E' is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in accounting at Hood College.
Sean Westerlund joins the Hood College men's basketball coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.
Westerlund arrives at Hood after coaching Harford Christian to three straight conference titles as head coach. His team advanced to the Maryland Christian State Tournament Championship Game in 2015-16, which was the second consecutive 20-win season for the squad. Harford Christian led the nation in steals per game with 28 per contest in 2014-15. He coached 16 all-conference players, three All-Harford County selections and a DMVElite All-State pick.
Prior to taking over as head coach at Harford Christian, he served as the associate head coach at the school and helped the 2012-13 squad to the first conference championship in 17 years and a school record 24 wins.
Westerlund was a multi-sport student-athlete at Lancaster Bible College, competing in basketball, baseball and soccer. He earned NCCAA All-Region in both soccer and baseball, and was an All-Northeast Athletic Conference First Team selection in 2011.
A 2013 graduate of Lancaster Bible, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in professional counseling-psychology and bible. Westerlund went on to receive a master's degree from Concordia University in California in coach and athletic administration.
Assistant CoachMatt Harris
Matt Harris enters his first season at Hood College as the Men’s Basketball Graduate Assistant for the 2017-2018 season. Prior to Hood, he spent three years as varsity assistant basketball coach at Warwick High School in Lititz, PA.
Harris has been a coach on the AAU circuit (Spooky Nook), worked summer camps (Keystone State Camp), and has experience organizing/running youth basketball leagues.
A 2011 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports Management and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at Hood.