Prior to Kent State, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Kentucky. Cook was a wide receiver at UK from 2000 to 2005. His career totals included 74 catches for 951 yards and six touchdowns. He also assisted coach Joker Phillips in coaching the wide receivers during the 2004 season while recovering from an injury. During his playing career, Cook earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, was named to the UK Athletics Society of Character and was chosen for the ESPN "All-Mayday Team" in honor of players who show extraordinary toughness and determination.
Having earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2004 from UK, Cook is completing a master's degree in sport leadership. Cook spent four and a half years in the business sector in surgical sales.
Quoting Coach Hazell - "The players and people around Purdue football will love Tommy Cook. His ability to get things done with precision and in a timely fashion is unmatched. He has the perfect disposition and demeanor for the position and will be a tremendous asset with his problem solving and solution finding attributes."