Diana Wabnitz Cook is the second member of the women’s soccer program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cook was a member of the women’s program for five seasons, playing from 2002-06. She set a standard at goalkeeper that remains the standard to this day. Despite playing in the early years of the program, she still ranks as the top keeper in program history.
Although she began her career on a negative note, suffering a season-ending injury after playing just two games as a freshman, Cook returned to be a starter the next four seasons. Not only did she stand alone atop the program’s record books when she graduated, she still owns nearly every major career and season record in program history. She ranks No. 1 all-time with 375 career saves, 34 wins, 24.5 shutouts, eight ties, and 6,499 minutes played. Her 1.37 career goals against average is first among players who have played more than 1,000 minutes in goal and second all-time overall. She played in 73 matches in her career, which is the fourth-most of any player in program history. Her 70 starts is the third-best figure. She also owns the single-season school records for saves and shutouts.
Cook was a leader of head coach Kendall Reyes’ teams that claimed back-to-back second-place finishes in the Peach Belt Conference in 2003 and 2004. She helped lead the team to a combined 25-8-4 record during that two-year stint, including an 11-3-1 mark in Peach Belt Conference play.
Cook was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament team in 2005 after leading the team with six saves against Clayton State. A year later, she earned all-conference honors and was named to the NSCAA All-Region team in 2006. A standout on the field, she was also a standout in the classroom earning Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll honors throughout her career.
After graduating Upstate in 2006, Cook began her professional career working in the loan department at Carolina Alliance Bank. She switched careers to become an independent insurance agent and remains in that field today, focusing primarily on people with Medicare. She has remained active in sports helping coach her son’s youth soccer team. She is also a runner and has completed a half-marathon with the goal of finishing a full marathon in the future.
Cook married her husband, John, on April 14, 2007. The couple lives in Gaffney, S.C., and has two sons, William born on June 15, 2009 and Weston born on July 12, 2013.