WILMINGTON, Ohio - Throughout the coming months, the Wilmington College athletics department will be highlighting senior student-athletes who had their senior seasons cut short due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Today's senior salute is Jillia Cook. A four-year member of the program, Cook played in 103 games in her career wearing the Green & White. Primarily a catcher, Cook recorded 253 putouts and hit a .279 clip offensively. She finished with 78 hits, three home runs and 43 RBIs.
What is your major? - Athletic Training with a minor in Coaching
What is your favorite class at Wilmington College? - Research in Athletic Training
What is your favorite memory with the softball program? - Our final day in Florida this year at the pool. Having everyone down there and just enjoying being together one last time. It brought light into a dark situation.
What are your plans after graduation? - I plan to find a job in athletic training preferably at a high school level.
Do you see yourself returning to Wilmington to compete in 2021? - It all depends if my slowpitch career takes off or not. In all seriousness, I don't know if it is in the cards at this moment in time. If the opportunity is there and everything plays out, however, I would definitely consider it.
What is your message to underclassmen on the impact of COVID-19? - As a freshman, all you hear is the seniors say it is over before you know it and you just kind off brush it off. You don't quite understand that until you are a senior. With the events that have taken place during this season, take the time to digest what the seniors tell you and take it to heart. Even if you think you have time, there is always a possibility you won't. Don't take any practice, game, or team bonding for granted, because one day, you would do anything to have that time back. Cherish every moment, seize every opportunity, make the most out of every day and have no regrets.