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Marshall’s new baseball stadium will be named Jack Cook Field

— By Bill Cornwell

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — While there’s still no official word from the Marshall University Athletic Department on the name for a new baseball stadium, Herd baseball alums received the news this past weekend.

Marshall Athletic Director Christian Spears gathered with baseball alumni and members of the family of longtime Herd baseball head coach Jack Cook over the weekend to inform them Marshall’s new baseball stadium will go by Jack Cook Field.

Cook, who died at 95 in November 2021, coached Marshall’s baseball program from 1967-1990, compiling a 422-344-3 record. 

Cook led Marshall to Southern Conference titles in 1978 and 1981 and to three NCAA Tournament appearances. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1989.

The winningest coach in any sport in school history, Cook led MU to its first NCAA Tournament in 1973.

Cook was often told by MU administrators during his 23 seasons as coach that the university was close to building an on-campus baseball facility. That never materialized, and instead, Cook’s teams had numerous homes, including St. Cloud Commons, University Heights and even several high school fields in the Huntington area.

Over the weekend, Marshall baseball alumni in Huntington were able to visit the construction site for the next stadium adjacent to the Dot Hicks Field softball complex, and they were introduced at Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference game between Marshall and Georgia Southern at the YMCA Kennedy Center.

Spears says that construction is on schedule for the new baseball stadium, thanks to a relatively mild winter in the Huntington area. 

The stadium is scheduled to be complete and ready for action in March 2024.

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