Cal Cochran is a 1983 Business Administration graduate of the University of Tennessee. Coach Cochran also holds a Master’s degree from the University of West Florida. Coach Cochran was a Tennessee High School All State performer at Ooltewah High School. He played four years for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Moccasins as a point guard. He played on two Southern Conference Championship teams and two NCAA tournament teams. He was a Co-Captain for the Mocs during his senior season which also was the first NCAA Division I tournament victory in UTC’s school history. Coach Cochran is entering his 30th year in coaching. He began his coaching career at the University of Montevallo in 1983. He then, coached at Division I, Alabama State University, 1996-2000. He was the Director of Right Stuff Basketball 2000-2002.
Coach Cochran became the Daytona State Men’s Assistant Coach 2007-08. He was named the Head Coach for Daytona State College Women’s program in April of 2008. Coach Cochran coaching record is 69--47 for a .681) winning percentage in four seasons at the controls. Coach Cochran led DSC to the FCSAA State Tournament for the third consecutive year. This was DSC’s first back to back conference championship since 2001-2002 and 2002-03 seasons. Coach Cochran and the Lady Falcons have rekindled the championship tradition that was begun when the program was implemented in 1998. Coach Cochran was also named 2011-12 Head Coach of the Year in the Mid-Florida Conference for the second consecutive season. Since Coach Cochran’s arrival the Lady Falcons have succeeded academically, athletically and serving the Daytona Beach community. Achievements include 2010-11 Student Athlete of the Year in the state of Florida. Twelve players have received 1st Team All Mid-Florida Conference honors; 16 players have received Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete Awards; Twelve players have received FCSAA “All Academic” Team; Two players have received NJCAA Academic All-American and Daytona State College Hall of Fame honors.
Cochran participated in the 2006 Pete Newell NBA Big Man Camp, where Philadelphia 76er, Center, Andrew Bynum was a participant. He also coached in the 2007 The BIG MAN Footwork Camp with former NBA Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach, Otis Hughley and former Atlanta Hawk Assistant Coach and 17 year NBA veteran, Alton Lister. He was named the 2006 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 1 Coach of the Year. Coach Cochran was selected as the Head Coach for the South All Stars in the 2006 Florida Panhandle Shootout. He was nominated as the District 1 representative for Head Coach for the FACA North – South 2007 All Star Game. Coach Cochran also was the 2007 Co-Sponsor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Pensacola High School.
Coach Cochran became the head coach at Pensacola High School in 2004. He led the Tigers to a 62-17 overall record, a .784 winning percentage. This feat was accomplished with no home games due to the destruction of the gym by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. In three years he engineered PHS to two state playoff appearances, one being a 2005-2006 Elite Eight finish. Coach Cochran led PHS to two Regular Season District 1 4A Championships, 2005 and 2006. Pensacola High was ranked in the Top Ten by Florida Sports Writer’s Association, each of Coach Cochran’s three years at the helm.
What do others say about Coach Cochran: Players' coach, intelligent, great communicator, hard-working, family man, heart, tremendous X’s-and-O’s and a superb, outstanding basketball coach.
He is married to the former Andrea Jackson of Phoenix, Arizona and they have three sons, Calvin III, Caleb, and Jonathan.