About the Head Coach
Jamal Cooks, Ph.D.
Dr. Jamal Cooks is a nationally respected track and field coach. Originally from Oakland, CA, he has worked relentlessly with student athletes in the Bay Area to gain multiple opportunities through track and field. He is currently the head coach at Skyline High School (irunskyline.com) and of the C.A. Track Club (catrackclub.com). Dr. Cooks has coached many indoor and outdoor, track club and high school state participants and All Americans. CATC always ranks in the Top 20 in the state and the Top 100 in the nation in a variety of events, particularly in sprints, jumps, hurdles, and relays.
As a youth coach, just within the past 3 years, Dr. Cooks has produced 9 medalists at the national level in sprints, jumps and hurdles. He has worked with a number of elementary and middle school student athletes. Dr. Cooks focuses on teaching them the proper technique, basic skills, maintaining a winning attitude, and promoting life long fitness.
Dr. Cooks has had success in the sprints for both boys and girls. On the boys’ side, Dr. Cooks always produces male sprinters and hurdlers, highlighted by 4 young men running under 10.65 in the 100 and 4 others running 22.00 or under in the 200m. In addition, the relays are always competitive and rank top in the nation every year. With the girls team, Dr. Cooks developed sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers to great marks. With most hurdlers running under 14.50, jumpers over 18’00, and sprinters under 12.30, Dr. Cooks produces winners. Moreover, within the past 10 years, at Skyline High School, Coach Cooks has been responsible for 9 Girls Oakland Athletic League and 8 Boys Oakland Athletic League titles. He was part of coaching 16 school records and 10 top ten times in the country.
Dr. Cooks’ unique style is a mixture of paying attention to detail, focusing on fundamentals, and bringing out the best in each and every student athlete. Coach Laron McCoy, a former athlete in the program and current staff members, stated “Dr. Cooks not only brings a vast knowledge of track, but a multitude of other experiences that relates to kids. He has a Ph.D. and great people skills! Your children will leave C.A. Track club with great people skills, wonderful sportsmanship, and a healthier life.”
In the past few years, Dr. Cooks has coached numerous student athletes to enter college including: Noah Blue (California State University- Northridge), Meosha Chase (California State University- Fresno), Morgan Cornelius (North Carolina A&T) Joi Glass (University of Washington/Boise State), Derrick Henry (Idaho State University), Carl Horsley (California State University- Northridge), Dantia Hudson (U.C. Berkeley), Cameron Island (San Jose State), Candice Jones (Sacramento State), Garry Jones (U.S.C.), Chrystal Moore (Boise State), Kenny O’Neal (Florida State/Tennessee), Chinwe Oniah (U.C. Riverside), Joshua Robinson (St. Augustine), Lamont Sanders (California State University- Los Angeles), Asha Treadwell (California State University- Fullerton), Shana Watson (San Diego State University).
Dr. Cooks is a certified Level 1 coach for all track and field event areas, a Level 2 coach in vertical and horizontal jumps, and a past invitee to the USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center for sprints, hurdles, and relays. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a California Teaching Credential, a M.A. from the University of Michigan in Curriculum Development, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Language Literacy and Culture. He currently works as an Associate Professor at San Francisco State Univeristy.