Fred Cook terrified quarterbacks as a standout defensive end for Our Lady of Victories in the late 1960s.
Saturday, the former Southern Miss and Baltimore Colt became one of five former coaches and players at OLV inducted as the inaugural class of the Our Lady of Victories/Resurrection Catholic School Hall of Fame.
Joining Cook were coaches Leslie Patrick, Glen Murphy, and Rex Moore and former player and coach Eileen Murphy Panter, the daughter of Glen Murphy.
In addition to football, Cook also played basketball and ran track for OLV. In track, he ran a 10.2 100-yard dash and competed in the high jump, discus, and shotput.
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“This the most special honor I have ever received,” said Cook, who currently lives near Atlanta. “It brought me back home.”
After OLV, Cook played for Southern Miss, becoming one of the most feared pass rushers in Golden Eagles history, recording 18 sacks in 1971 and 19 sacks a year later as a junior. He also was named Mr. USM his senior year. Cook was inducted into the school’s Legends Club in 2009. Cook started 102 consecutive games for the Colts before retiring in 1980.
Coaches Patrick and Murphy had great early success at OLV.
Patrick, often playing larger public schools along the Coast, led OLV football teams to a 98-71-7 mark in 20 years at the helm of the program. He also established Little League minor league baseball, which allowed players aged 8-10 to play, coaching and umpiring each of the games.
Murphy spent 31 years coaching at OLV and Resurrection Catholic. As the basketball coach, he led the Eagles to nine district titles and advanced to South State 11 times. He also coached baseball and tennis and served for a time as athletic director.
Moore made his name in pee-wee football, establishing the OLV pee-wee program. He also coached youth basketball and was a long-time umpire along the coast, retiring from umpiring in 1995.
Eileen Murphy Panter is one of the fastest track athletes at OLV. She also played varsity basketball for four years, averaging over 10 points per game for her career and earning a scholarship to Mississippi State. After college, she coached fast-pitch softball. Today, she teaches tennis to RCS students.