Fairview’s boys basketball coach has had the same surname since 2003. It’ll have its third iteration this winter.
Brett Cooksey has been tabbed to take over the Eagles. He replaces his brother, Derek, who 10 years ago took over for their father, Rex.
“It’s something I’ve worked for for a long time,” Cooksey said. “I had the privilege to sit behind my dad the first year I was coaching and then go with my brother. They gave me opportunities to coach and let me get out there and learn.”
Growing up in the first family of Westwood sports, Cooksey knows all about what he’s undertaking as the Eagles’ coach. It’s a position leading a program that enjoys high synergy with the tight-knit community.
“It’s an honor to be the basketball coach at Fairview,” Cooksey said. “I grew up hearing stories about George Cooke and all the greats that have played there. We’ve had some great teams and great players.”
Brett, 33, is a 2005 Fairview graduate. He, like his older brother and father, has had multitudinous involvement in the Eagles’ athletic department. Cooksey has served as Fairview’s athletic director and its head football coach, a role he held for one season.
Cooksey is relinquishing the gridiron controls, although he plans to remain with the program as an assistant, he said.
“It’s time for me to take on a bigger role in basketball and be there in the gym and be around the guys every day,” Cooksey said. “I’ve been in a lot of different roles, and it’s helped prepare me for this. It’s the next step for me, and I’d like to stay in this role for a long time.”
Cooksey plans to get back to basics on the hardwood.
“I want to be fundamental, work on defense every day, make sure that everybody knows their roles and shares the basketball,” he said, “and just go from there and have a good team concept.”
Cooksey was bestowed with the acting coach tag when Derek Cooksey resigned from Fairview to teach and be an assistant coach at Russell earlier this month.
The Eagles will host the Red Devils on Jan. 17.
“Whenever the game starts, it’s just a game,” Cooksey said of matching wits with his brother. “We’ve been together so long, we’ll do our jobs, and afterwards, we’ll talk about it.”
Rex Cooksey, Fairview’s athletic director, said the school will post the football opening early this week and “hope to have a coach in seven to 10 days, maybe.”
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