8  Jira Cooley
Jira Cooley
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Seattle, Wash.

High School:
Redmond High School

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 175

Position:
MF

Birthdate:
10/12/1985

2007: Played in 17 games for Marshall with four starts at the end of the season...scored one goal for the season against Ohio Valley...had an assist against UCF.

2006: Started six games and played in all 16 matches...scored third career goal en route to a 4-1 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers...recorded a total 15 shots with four of them on goal...took four shots with two on goal in scoreless tie against Depaul...started against No. 17 Kentucky and recorded one shot in 1-1 tie versus the Wildcats.

2005: Played in 14 games while starting four...scored first career goal in loss to Campbell...notched second goal in win at Radford...put all three of his shots on goal with two resulting in goals.

Prior to Marshall: Earned team MVP honors in 2002 and all-league laurels in 2003...notched all-league honors in football in 2002 and 2003...club team finished second in state in 2004 and scored three goals in championship game of 2001 Nomads Tournament in San Diego to lead team to title.

Personal: Born Oct. 12, 1985...son of Jay and Kalayanee Cooley...father ran cross country at Brigham Young and also has cousin who competes for Thailand's rugby national team...has one brother, Pone (19)...business management major.