New Patrick Henry girls coach ready to continue the winning tradition

Blue Cook takes over at the home of the Patriots

Roanoke, Va. – Patrick Henry high school named a new head girls basketball coach last week.
It’s familiar face in the community -- Eugene “Blue” Cook.

Cook is a 1994 Patrick Henry grad who played under the great Woody Deans. Most recently. Cook spent the past two seasons as an assistant under former coach. Mike Hedrick. Cook brings a wealth of knowledge to the Patriots sideline.
Having reached the state final this past spring, there’s a solid foundation of talent and leadership in place at the home of the Patriots, so the goal is to build on what’s been established.

“We want to be more up-tempo, get up more shots but focus more on defense and man to man pressure as well. Our intention is to get back to where we left off at. That was a sour feeling they had (state finals loss) and I want the atmosphere of Woody Dean gym to be electric. Everybody come out and support us and we’ll put on a show,” Cook says.

The Patrick Henry girls reached the state title game for the first time in school history before coming up short to perennial power Princess Anne.


About the Authors:

Eric is no stranger to the Roanoke Valley. He is a Roanoke native and proud graduate of William Fleming High School.

John serves as the Sports Director at WSLS 10. From Virginia Tech, to NASCAR and everything in between, WSLS 10 Sports covers the names making big plays in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.