Jerry Rook was an educator and basketball coach for over 39 years in Arkansas. I became friends with Jerry when he was basketball coach at Pine Bluff High. He coached US Reed when he was recruited by Eddie Sutton. He played basketball at Arkansas State and still holds the scoring record there. After US made the famous half court shot to beat Louisville he and I tried to replicate that shot in the PBHS gym several times. He was a fine man, a great father and a coach that taught his players more than basketball. Prayers for his family.