Cooper, who led the Tigers to a SWAC championship in his first season as head coach, is a graduate of Grambling State with a bachelors of science in marketing (2004) and masters in sport administration (2008). During his playing days at GSU, Cooper was twice named second team all-conference and following his senior campaign received first-team All-SWAC honors.
James Darrell Cooper is in his seventh season at the helm of the Tigers baseball program. The 2010 SWAC Baseball Coach of the Year has long time been a staple of the Grambling community having also served as an assistant coach on the Tigers baseball staff and recruiter in the Grambling Office of Admissions.
Cooper was a 33rd round draft pick to the Houston Astros organization. Cooper followed up his playing career at Grambling with a brief stint in the Houston Astros organization, before playing a year with the Sussex Skyhawks.
Notable draft picks under Cooper’s helm:
Jeremy Shelby OF 38th round Baltimore Orioles
Eldred Barnett OF 29th round San Francisco Giants
Chris Wolfe SS 30th round Oakland A’s
Cory Jordan RHP 35th round Tampa Bay Rays
A native of Cullen, La, Cooper and his son, Zavier, reside in Grambling, La. Historically, he noted as only the fifth head baseball coach in school history.