Monday Morning Quarterback – Who’s the #1 Husker volleyball coach – Terry Pettit or John Cook?
Cornhusker women’s volleyball has one of the most illustrious histories in all of college sports with more wins than any other program and five NCAA national championships. Two superb coaches have been responsible for building and maintaining a national powerhouse volleyball program – Terry Pettit, coach from 1977-1999, and John Cook, who took over from Pettit 2000 to the present day.
Terry Pettit started in the 3rd year of the Husker women’s volleyball and built the program into a national power. From 1977 to 1999 he led the Cornhuskers to an overall record of 694-148, won conference championships every year except two, was twice named national Coach of the Year, and led the Huskers to their first NCAA volleyball title. Under his lead Nebraska became one of the first schools to offer scholarships for female athletes.
In his 20 years as head coach, John Cook has also brought home the bacon, winning 4 national championships and coming within one game of a fifth last year. He has 12 conference championships, two national Coach of the Year awards, and a 560-76 win-loss record at Nebraska. In addition, building on the work of those before him, Cook runs a volleyball program that has been profitable every year since moving to the Devaney Center in 2013 – something almost unheard in college sports outside of football and men’s basketball .
To have two coaches of this caliber is something for all the Husker Nation to be proud of. Who do you think is the top Husker women’s volleyball coach – Terry Pettit or John Cook?