WSU football assistant coach helps start Coaches Coalition for Progress

WSU defensive coach AJ Cooper joins with four other NCAA coaches to start Coaches Coalition for Progress
WSU defensive coach AJ Cooper joins with four other NCAA coaches to start Coaches Coalition for Progress.
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PULLMAN, Wash. – Most Cougar fans don’t know much about A.J. Cooper and the way he coaches football, but he’s making a strong first impression with what he’s already started off the field.

He and four University of San Francisco basketball coaches decided last Sunday to put their words to action.

After the nation saw the video of George Floyd dying in the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, protests began across the U.S. It stirred up many conversations over race, highlighted the racial inequality in many American organizations, and pushed WSU to hold team meetings virtually about their experiences.

But Coach Cooper was motivated to do more than talk. He and those four USF coaches decided to start the Coaches Coalition for Progress. Their mission statement is to “foster community relationships and improve academic and athletic opportunities for underserved youth.”

Coaches can join with a membership fee of $50, which will directly benefit organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs, and several academic organizations as well. In less than a week, these four coaches have donated around $15,000 to start.

We’ll have more on this story next week.