NDIAA Bestows Top Player and Coach Honors on RSD Wildcats 12/15/16

Spotlight Shines on Coach Mary Cook and Student-Athlete Ahmed Mahmoud

Thursday, December 15, 2016: The National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) today selected two from Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), a student-athlete and a coach, for National athletic honors in their 10th Annual Fall Sports Selections.

NDIAA selected RSD standout senior varsity soccer player Ahmed Mahmoud as Player of-the-Year. He shares the honor with NDIAA Player of-the-Year Raymond Mukhailov of Lexington School for the Deaf.

Mahmoud’s honor comes on the heels of his selection as the 2016 DeafDigest Sports Soccer Player of-the-Year. In October 2015, Mahmoud was named SportsMX/NDIAA Athlete of-the-Month. In 2014, the NDIAA named Mahmoud Player of-the Year, an honor he also shared at the time with Mukhailov of Lexington.

NDIAA also selected RSD Athletic Director, Coach and Teacher Mary Cook as Soccer Coach of-the-Year. This is Cook’s second Coach of-the-Year honor in-a-row. She was also selected as top soccer coach in 2011.

In her 27-year teaching career at RSD, Cook has been Athletic Director for 12 years and head varsity soccer coach since 2001. She has amassed an impressive record of 144 wins, 87 losses and 25 ties.

Cook led her Soccer Wildcats to eight Eastern School for the Deaf Athletic Association championships, the last six of which were straight in-a-row. Under Cook, the Soccer Wildcats also earned five National Titles.

Also honored in the NDIAA’s 10th Annual Fall Sports Selection, RSD Class of 2004 graduate Warren Keller, who was honored as 11-man Football Coach of-the-Year. Keller is head coach of California School for the Deaf- Fremont Boys Varsity Football Team.



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