Washington will practice through early June with scrimmages at Portland State.
Assistant coach Keegan Cook begins his first season on the Husky staff after establishing himself as one of the top young assistants in the country at St. Mary's.
Cook got his start in collegiate coaching at St. Mary's, first as a volunteer assistant, then a full-time assistant coach, eventually promoted to the top assistant for the Gaels. He spent eight years on the St. Mary's staff, six as assistant coach from 2007-12, helping the Gaels become one of the top teams in the West Coast Conference.
"First and foremost, Keegan is a good person and a hard worker," said Husky Head Coach Jim McLaughlin when Cook was hired in April of 2013. "He's going to help us to identify areas we need to address, and help us get those areas we have identified in place on the court. I think Keegan is one of the top young up-and-coming coaches in our country."
St. Mary's advanced to the NCAA Championships three times in the final five years that Cook spent at the school, including a trip to the second round in his last season in 2012. He helped lead the Gaels to their first West Coast Conference title in program history in 2009 and another NCAA second round appearance, falling just short of fourth-seeded Stanford in five sets.
Cook contributed in just about every facet imaginable to the Gaels during his tenure, most recently serving as the team's offensive coordinator working directly with setters and middle blockers. The 2012 Saint Mary's offense finished second nationally in assists, sixth in kills and 22nd in hitting efficiency. From 2009 through 2012, a Saint Mary's middle blocker and/or setter placed on the All West Coast Conference First Team.
"The sustained success of Washington and the continuity of Jim's staff told me a lot about the character of the program. The players who have played here, the young women currently on the team, and the future Huskies are the some of the most talented volleyball student-athletes in the nation," said Cook. "It's an honor to be a part of the University of Washington family."
He earned his Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary's in 2007, majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Religious Studies and has excelled in statistical analysis as a Volleyball Information Supervisor (VIS) for the FIVB Men's World League in 2007 and the NORCECA Youth Championships in 2006, recording the official stats.
Additionally, Cook was the head coach of the NorCal Volleyball Club since 2003, with ten club teams under his guidance. All of Cook's teams qualified for the Junior Olympic Championships the past five years and his 16-Under team won the 2008 Junior Olympic gold medal.