NEW YORK - Mike Cooke and Matt Thurin have joined the Columbia football coaching staff in February and will complete the current staff under Columbia coach Pete Mangurian, the Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football.
Cooke will coach on the defensive side of the ball and assist with the linebackers. Thurin is the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
Cooke coached the linebackers at Central Connecticut State, his alma mater, during the 2011 season. In 2011, Cooke coached junior linebacker Lorenzo Baker to his first All-Northeast Conference postseason honor. Cooke also coached for two seasons at Brooklyn's Boys & Girls High School, his alma mater.
Cooke was a second team all-conference selection in his senior season at Central Connecticut State in 2008. A captain as a senior, Cooke finished the season with 54 tackles, including nine for a loss, and had three sacks. That season, the Blue Devils finished with a 7-4 record.
Thurin comes to Morningside Heights after a year as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado.
At Colorado, Thurin was an offensive graduate assistant, focusing on the offensive line and special teams. He coached punt team, kickoff returns, scout team defense and scout special teams. Thurin developed scouting reports and was involved with game plans with offensive staff.
Prior to his time at Colorado, Thurin spent three years from 2008-11 at the University of Akron, where he received a master's degree in education. While at Akron, Thurin was a defensive assistant, coaching linebackers and special teams. He also assisted with the defensive backs for a year at Akron. Thurin assisted the defensive staff in all daily operations and developed hit charts, practice plans and assisted with game planning from week to week.