Cochran steps down as coach, now new AD

Nick Cochran is changing jobs, but staying in Girard.

During Wednesday’s Girard City School Board of Education meeting, Cochran resigned as football coach effective June 30 and accepted his new job as athletic and activities director.

While the last few years Cochran has been on the sideline as coach, many still remember his exploits on the football field and basketball court that were legendary in the late 1980s.

He later joined forces with former Indians football coach Bud McSuley to be Girard’s offensive coordinator. His spread offense gave defenses fits over the years and made stars of quarterbacks in his system.

After McSuley left after the 2009 season, Cochran took over as Girard’s football coach. Cochran was 24-19 in four seasons.

Cochran’s best year as coach was in 2011 when the Indians advanced to the Division IV, Region 13 final against Norwayne. That year, Girard went 11-2.

The Indians lost a heartbreaking 33-32 decision to the Bobcats.

BOE President Diane Alejars said at Wednesday’s meeting while the board was sad to see Cochran leave as the football coach they were excited to have him as the new athletic/ activities director.

He was granted a three-year contract that spanned July 1 to June 30, 2017.

”The board voted unanimously on this appointment,” Alejars said.

She said Cochran will be in charge of not only scheduling sporting events but also overseeing other school club and extracurricular activities using the gymnasium and cafeteria.

Alejars said the board will be posting shortly for the football coach position. Cochran leaves that position June 30.

Attempts to reach Cochran about his hiring were unsuccessful.