Fultondale’s new football coach focused on students, not football as community recovers from tornado

New football coach helping with cleanup in Fultondale

FULTONDALE, Ala. (WBRC) - Kendric Cook has been on campus for less than 24 hours, and after seeing how the Fultondale community has come together since Monday night, he knows Fultondale High School is going to be a special place.

Cook didn’t waste any time letting his future students and players know they come first before playing any sport.

“Safety is our first key here, and that’s one thing we want to focus on and let our kids see, that their safety is first and foremost to me,” Cook said.

Fultondale announced Cook’s hire Thursday afternoon, three days after an EF-3 tornado destroyed neighborhoods, businesses, the high school along with it’s football and baseball facilities.

“I think this is going to give us a great foundation and as far as a foundation, these kids are actually having to fight a different fight right now, and that’s going to carry over to who we are and who our identity is. We’re going to fight this fight and take it one day at a time,” he said.

Cook hasn’t met with the team yet given the circumstances, but says that meeting is the least of his concern as his main focus is helping students pick up the pieces after an emotional week.

“This is a community where it’s family first and that’s going to be huge because a family sticks together regardless of the situation, and that’s what’s happening right now in Fultondale, Alabama,” said Cook.

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