Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club Appoints Soccer Legend Judah Cooks as the Director of Coaches

Alexandria, VA (April 11, 2023): The Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club (LMVCS) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Judah Cooks as the Director of Coaching. Judah joins the LMVSC community with an extensive and impressive soccer background. As the Director of Coaches, he will oversee the development of the LMVSC Travel Coaches.

From 1998 to 2001, Judah was a member of the DC United squad, including the 1999 MLS championship team.  He scored two goals in 26 appearances for the club.  From 2001 to 2003, Cooks was a member of the Milwaukee Rampage, Miami Fusion, Atlanta Silverbacks, the Syracuse Salty Dogs, and the Charleston Battery.

“When I learned that LMVSC was searching for a DOC, I was immediately interested. LMVSC is well known for it’s diversity and ‘true grit’ in providing opportunities for their community. I am drawn to this type of environment, that is who I am. I am looking forward to adding my life experiences to a Club with such a tremendous rich history and sound values,” said Judah Cooks.

As a Project 40 player, Cooks was a recognized talent in the greater Washington, DC metro area. He is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. While at Walt Whitman, Judah was a three-time Parade All American (1993 to 1995) and was a member of the U-17 and U-20 U.S. National Teams. During the 1993 U-17 FIFA World Championship in Japan, Cooks scored four goals for the United States.

Prior to joining the MLS Project 40 initiative and DC United, Cooks was a member of the University of Maryland’s Division I men’s soccer program and was selected to the All-ACC team in 1998. In his three years at Maryland, Cooks scored 12 goals in 52 games.

“When I first met Judah, his passion for the game, for community, for having an impact, resonated with every question asked of him.  He comes to LMVSC with a tremendous amount of playing and administrative experience. Working alongside Fabien Lewis, LMVSC Technical Director, I am beyond excited knowing what the future will bring,” stated LMVSC Executive Director, Lula Bauer.

Cooks holds a USSF B license and has coaching experience that spans nearly two decades. He started his coaching career in 2004 at National Cathedral School and went on to serve as an Assistant Coach at Dematha High School, from 2005 to 2009. Most recently, he served as the Technical Director at Capitol FC. From 2005 to 2011, Cooks was the Special Projects Coordinator and a coach with the DC United Youth Academy. He then took on the role of Girls Director of Coaching at Weston FC in Miami, Florida and was appointed as the Weston FC Technical Director.

LMVSC is a non-profit organization located in Fairfax County, Virginia.  We are committed to providing every child in our community with opportunities to high quality sports leagues, training, and player development programs

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