The Colorado Rapids just announced that former interim head coach Steve Cooke has accepted a position as the Head Coach & Technical Director for Oklahoma City Energy FC in the USL. Since Anthony Hudson was hired, Pádraig Smith had told us that Cooke was staying on as an assistant coach.
In the official press release, Smith said: “Although we are sad to see Steve go, we could not be more excited for him as he begins this new journey in his coaching career. Steve’s involvement with our Academy and our first-team has been a true asset and we’re thankful for his dedication and devotion to our club. We certainly wish Steve all the best in all his endeavors and future successes.”
Steve Cooke has been with the Rapids for eight years, starting as the Rapids Development Academy’s Alliance Technical Director in 2010. In 2013, he became a first-team assistant coach, and then took over as interim head coach when Pablo Mastroeni was fired in 2017.
Cooke called his time with the Rapids “a truly wonderful experience” and thanked “KSE, my colleagues on the coaching staffs, the front office, the players, and the fans for the lifelong lessons and fantastic memories through the years. I wish everyone at the club nothing but the best for 2018 and beyond.”
It would have been great to keep Cooke on the coaching staff (especially to help with the transition with Hudson), but this is an amazing opportunity for him and we wish him nothing but the best! And who knows - maybe we’ll see him in the Open Cup!