Steve Cook came to Coe in 1996 as an assistant baseball coach, moving to the head coach position the following year. Cook is a 1993 graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, a traditional NCAA Division III powerhouse. A four-year starter in the infield, Cook was an All-American in 1993 when his nationally ranked team finished 37-5 overall. Cook was inducted into the Allegheny College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
He spent three years playing in the minor leagues, including a stop with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. During the 1994 season, Cook and the Kernels won the Midwest League championship.
Cook has compiled a career coaching record of 380-368-1. His 380 wins are the most in school history. Cook's teams have recorded the top six win totals in school history, including a 32-win season in 2011 and a 29-win season in 2012. Coe made NCAA Regional appearances in both years after winning the Iowa Conference Tournament.
Coach Cook resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife Shannon and daughters Callie, Shelby, Lilly, Maggie and Lucy.
Steve Cook Year-By-Year
|2006||27||19||0||.587||10||6||.625||4th||IIAC Tournament Champs/NCAA Regional|
|2011||32||12||0||.727||18||6||.750||1st||IIAC Tournament Champs/NCAA Regional|
|2012||29||17||0||.630||15||9||.625||2nd||IIAC Tournament Champs/NCAA Regional Semifinals|
|2015||34||14||0||.708||17||11||.607||2nd||IIAC Tournament Champs/NCAA Regional Finals|
Assistant Coach Jacob Waddle joined the Kohawk coaching staff in the fall of 2016 for his second go around with the Kohawks. Waddle coached at Coe during the 2014 season and spent 2015-2016 at Concordia (Neb.).
A 2009 graduate of Luther, Waddle three years as an assistant coach at Loras, while getting his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Dubuque. Waddle has also spent four years as an assistant coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, where they appeared in three state tournaments, winning the Class 4A state title in 2010.
Waddle was a three-year starter for the Norse at catcher and in the outfield, while he was also a two-year starter on the Norse basketball team. Waddle led the Norse baseball team to two Iowa Conference titles and an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Regional Championships.
Waddle, and his wife Hillary, reside in Cedar Rapids.
Coach Nelson was a three-year baseball player and 2001 Coe graduate. After his playing career, Nelson served as the Kohawk pitching coach for the 2002 season before returning on a permanent basis in 2007.
Nelson spent two years as the pitching coach at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. While at Allegheny, he coached 2003 draft pick, and former Pittsburgh Pirate relief pitcher, Josh Sharpless.
In 2006 Nelson served as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati. At Cincinnati, he was in charge of outfield play, while also working with hitting and pitching.
Residing in North Liberty with his wife Dana, and daughter, Livya, Coach Nelson returned to Coe in 2006 and currently serves as the Kohawk pitching coach and teaches classes in the Coe physical education department. In addition to his duties at Coe, James is a lead instructor for the DeMarini Top 96, who offer high school showcases and clinics nation wide.
Whannel joined the Coe coaching staff in the fall of 2009. With six years of coaching at the NAIA and Junior College ranks before coming to Coe, Whannel returns to NCAA Division III baseball for the first time since graduating from Wartburg College in 2003.
Whannel was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Knights. Whannel led the Iowa Conference with a .435 batting average his senior year, while earning First Team All-Iowa Conference honors. He was also an ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region First Team selection. During his time in Waverly, Whannel led the Knights to four league titles and four trips to the NCAA Regional Championships. During the 2000 season, the Knights appeared in the College World Series.
Following graduation, he went on to play professional baseball for the Pensacola Pelicans and the Schaumburg Flyers of Independent Professional Baseball Leagues.
A 1998 graduate of North Tama High School, he holds the Iowa High School Athletic Association record with a .678 batting average his senior year.
Coach Heald was a four-year baseball player and 2000 Coe graduate. After his playing career he joined the Coe staff. John is a Marion, Iowa native and currently resides there with his wife Jeanne and daughters, Abby and Natalie. He teaches in the Cedar Rapids school district and coaches baseball at Jefferson High School. Coach Heald works with infield and hitting.