Cook enters her third year as Executive Director of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) after joining the NCATA staff in July 2014.
“As a former collegiate student-athlete, I appreciate the opportunities Acrobatics & Tumbling provides to engage more young women in collegiate athletics at the varsity level,” added Cook. “With the backing of USA Gymnastics, those opportunities and the passion of the staff and coaches of the NCATA will be the driving force in growing this sport nationally at each divisional level.”
Throughout her time at the NCATA, Cook has been a key component of the rapid rise of A&T across the United States. Six institutions have announced their intent to add the sport since Cook's arrival, and the sport has ushered in an era of increased exposure, culminating with the national television broadcast of the 2016 NCATA Championship meet between Oregon and Baylor.
A member of the Oregon Athletic department since July 2006, Cook has served in several roles, most notably as Director of Operations for the Ducks’ women’s basketball team from May 2009 to September 2013, coordinating all day-to-day operations for the squad during her tenure. She served as the Assistant Director of the Duck Athletic Fund from 2013 to 2014, responsible for the launch of a new fundraising initiative focused on increasing exposure and financial support for women's athletics at the University of Oregon.
Cook served as Special Assistant to the Executive Senior Athletic Administration during the 2008-09 academic year, additionally working as an academic advisor for the Oregon Services for Student-Athletes (SSA) from 2006-08 and as a tutor coordinator during the 2006-07 campaign. Cook arrived back in Eugene from Dartmouth College of the Ivy League, where she served as a Varsity Sports Coordinator from August 2005 to June 2006.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Oregon in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human Service, earning her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2005. A softball student-athlete, Cook was a four-time letter-winner, earned Pac-10 First Team All-Academic honors during the 2002-03 academic year and earned both the Pac-10 Cooper Tire Leadership Award and Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2003.
The hiring of Cook ushers in a new era for the NCATA, which is quickly gaining momentum as one of the fastest rising intercollegiate sports in the United States. Boasting 17 member institutions spanning from Connecticut to Hawaii, Cook will lead the NCATA into a new period of success while continuing to improve expansion of the sport on both an institutional and national level.
“Janell’s background in intercollegiate athletics will bring exceptional experience to our organization. She thinks big-picture and has a unique ability to make complicated issues simple,” says NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner. “Janell brings exactly what our organization and sport need to reach the next level: NCAA Championship status.