July 31, 2015

Cross Country & Track and Field Coaching Bios

Jamal Cooks, Ph.D.- Director of Cross Country & Track and Field

Dr. Jamal Cooks is the Director of Cross Country and Track and Field at Bishop O’Dowd High School.  Dr. Cooks specializes in the sprints, jumps, and hurdles. Dr. Cooks has coached many indoor and outdoor track club and high school state finalists, national ranked and All-American athletes. His unique style, attention to detail and focus on fundamentals brings out the best in each and every student-athlete.
Dr. Cooks has lead the cross country and track teams to numerous league and section championships. In the past few years, the highlights of the program have been winning six divisions league titles in cross country and capturing the first North Coast Section
(NCS) girls track & field team championship in school history. Previously at Skyline High School, Dr. Cooks had success in the sprints for both boys and girls. Over 12 years, Coach Cooks lead the Skyline Titans to 10 straight girls Oakland Section Team Championships, 10 boys Oakland Section Team Championships, 16 school records, winning over 95% of their dual meets, and 10 top ten times in the country.

Dr. Cooks is a certified Level 1 coach for all track and field event areas, a Level 2 certified coach in sprints, jumps, and hurdles, and a past participant in the United States of America Track and Field Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. He has been a finalist for the All East Bay Coach of the Year and he has been named the East Bay’s Girls Track & Field Coach of the Year by the Oakland Tribune.

He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a California Teaching Credential, a M.A. from the University of Michigan in Curriculum Development, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Language Literacy and Culture. He currently as
an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University teaching in the Department of Secondary Education.


Anthony “Tony” Green- Assistant Track and Field Coach

Coach Green, who will focus on developing the throws program, brings 31 years coaching experience to the staff.

His early years of coaching included football and track at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, then football, track and wrestling at Salesian High School in Richmond before moving to Bishop O’ Dowd where he has led the Dragon track team for the past 26 years. Since 1986, they have won 90% of their dual meets, 6 NCS titles,1 dual meet National Championship, and 21 league championships in the East Shore Athletic League-Bayshore Athletic League and the Hayward Athletic League. His team also won a North Coast Section Championship in 1995.  Under his guidance, his teams have won the second most relay medals in the history of the California Sate meet (second only to Long Beach Poly).

Bishop O’Dowd’s top 50 performances in state history include: the 4×800 meter relay team (7th), Bisa Grant in 100 meter hurdles (10th), girls sprint medley (12th), Miranda Wilson in discus (14th), Miesha Marzell in 800 meters (18th), Michelle Decoux in 300 hurdles (18th), Jamilla Churchill in High Jump (24th), girls 4×400 relay (33rd), Ayana Grant in 100 hurdles (33rd), Lesa Parker in girls 200 meters (39th), and Lesa Parker in girls 100 meters (41st).

Coach Green holds a BA in Social Studies from Santa Clara University.  Coach Green is a recipient of numerous awards including National Coach of the Year, State Coach of the Year, Section Coach of the Year and League Coach of the Year.  His proudest accomplishments have been coaching both of his children Antoniya (class of 2000) in cross county and David (class of 2003) in track and field.  Including his two children, under Coach Green’s leadership, Bishop O’Dowd track team members have gone onto over 80 major universities in the United States such as Brown, Harvard, Miami, UCLA, UC Riverside and USC to name a few and have become leaders of industry in law, politics, community service, professional sports and of course his passion, education.


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