Notre Dame has a familiar face back on the football staff in 2020. Kerry Cooks has returned to South Bend to take on a role as a defensive analyst.
Cooks was spotted at Notre Dame’s brief spring practices earlier this month and head coach Brian Kelly confirmed to reporters the return had been in the works. Judging by Cooks’ profile update on Twitter, it seems it is about as official as it can get. Once it’s on Twitter, it’s as real as it gets, right?
— Kerry Cooks (@CoachKerryCooks) March 17, 2020
Keep Fighting The Good Fight! This too shall pass! pic.twitter.com/fez9o23B0h
— Kerry Cooks (@CoachKerryCooks) March 20, 2020
Cooks spent one year with the Texas Tech program as a safeties coach. He was not retained by Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells for a second season amid some coaching staff changes in Lubbock. Prior to joining the Red Raiders, Cooks was a defensive backs coach for Oklahoma from 2015 through 2018. Cooks had been a member of the Notre Dame coaching staff before heading to Oklahoma. Cooks coached the cornerbacks from 2010 through 2014, and he held the title of co-defensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016.
Cooks also has coaching stops at Kansas State (2003 as a graduate assistant), Western Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Cooks, an alum of Iowa, also spent four years in the NFL with stints with the Minnesota Vikings (a fifth-round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft), Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars. He also played briefly in the original XFL with the Chicago Enforcers. After that, he got into coaching.