Role Baseball Coach
2001–2004 Grambling State
|2010–Present Grambling State|
Titles Head coach
Name James Cooper
|Born February 12, 1982 (age 33)
Shreveport, Louisiana (1982-02-12) |
2007–2009 Grambling State (Asst.)
Team coached Grambling State Tigers baseball (Baseball Coach, since 2010)
Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
James Cooper (born February 12, 1982) is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Grambling State Tigers baseball team. He was named to that position prior to the 2010 season.
Cooper was an outfielder for Grambling, where he earned All-Conference honors and played under longtime head coach Wilbert Ellis. He was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. He played two seasons in the Astros system, reaching Class A, and one season of independent baseball before ending his playing career.
Cooper returned to Grambling as an assistant to new head coach Barret Rey. He helped rebuild the Tigers program, qualifying for a pair of Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament appearances in three years. With Rey's departure for SWAC rival Alcorn State, Cooper was elevated to head coach. In his first season, Cooper led the Tigers to a SWAC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Regional. Cooper earned SWAC Coach of the Year honors for his efforts.