Cook, 33, spent the last five seasons as head coach of Shannon High School. He replaces Grady McCluskey, who last month announced he would not return to Ripley after two seasons.
In 2010, Cook was named the Daily Journal's Coach of the Year after guiding the Red Raiders to a 10-4 record and a berth in the 4A state quarterfinals. At Shannon, he compiled a 48-16 overall record--22-5 in Div. 1-4A--making the playoffs all five seasons.
Read more in tomorrow's Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and in next week's Southern Sentinel.