Coach James Crook
In the last 6 years, James Crook III has coached football and basketball. He was an Assistant Coach at Aiken High School. While on staff, during the 2015/2016 season, the basketball team reached the State Final Four. He was an Assistant Head Coach and the Defensive Coordinator at Hughes High School for the 2016 season. For the past 4 football seasons, Crook has been the Varsity Defensive Assistant Coach for Princeton High School (Linebackers and JV Head Coach).
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Crook graduated from Roger Bacon High School where he received All Conference Honors as well as a 3 year Varsity Letterman. He went on to play Linebacker at Central State University.
Crook and his fiancé Taeko together have 3 daughters; Jayla, Kayla and Kalani. “I would like to thank the Walnut Hills community for giving me the opportunity to be the next head football coach for one of the most prestigious high schools in the state. I am excited to meet the student athletes and begin to build a successful football program here at Walnut Hills!”