Former Southwestern Oregon Community College head coach Jason Cooper enters his first season as an assistant coach on the Wisconsin-Parkside staff in 2017.
Cooper spent five years as the head coach at Southwestern Oregon and will serve as the Rangers hitting instructor as well as working with the infielders.
During his tenure at Southwestern Oregon, Cooper produced 11 Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic honorees,13 All-Southern Region performers, two Southern Region gold glove winners, and two All-NWAC performers.
In 2014, Cooper led the Lakers to a third-place finish in the NWAC Southern Region and had six All-Southern Region performers as well as four NWAC All-Academic performers. The program graduated nine players and saw seven sophomores sign National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division II institutions.
Prior to his tenure at Southwestern Oregon, Cooper served as an assistant coach at Delta State and Johnson County Community College.
While at Delta State, Cooper assisted with the infielders, hitters and recruiting. During his two years with the Statesmen, the program captured back-to-back Gulf South Conference West Division titles, won the Gulf South Tournament championship in 2008, earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament, placed 16 players on the All-Gulf South team, had eight All-South Central/South Region selections and placed two players on the ABCA All-American team. Additionally, three Delta State players moved on to the professional ranks.
Cooper enjoyed a solid playing career at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where he started 111 games for the Bulldogs in 2006 and 2007. He was honorable mention All-TranSouth Conference in 2006 and was awarded the TranSouth Conference gold glove award in 2007. Prior to Union, he played two seasons at Johnson County Community College under Esposito and ABCA Hall of Fame coach Kent Shelley.
Cooper was also a member of the 2003 Central Missouri State University team that won the NCAA Division II National Championship and was coached by current Kansas State head coach Brad Hill.
Cooper is a graduate of Union where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Delta State in 2009.
Cooper married his wife Lindsey in 2012 and the couple has one child Rayleigh. They also are the proud owners of a dog named Molly.