Larry Cochren has been tabbed to lead Richmond’s athletic department.
Cochren was approved at Wednesday’s board meeting and will begin work on June 26 as the high school’s athletic director.
“I’m ready to get to work,” Cochren said, noting that he felt an immediate connection with administrators at Richmond High School during the interview process. “I’ve had a great job and worked with great people. It was going to take a special place in my eyes to make me move.
“I felt that after I met with those folks.”
The former Evansville Bosse athletic director brings a wide variety of experience and accolades to the position. Most recently, athletic director at Bosse, Cochren was named the District 6 Athletic Director of the Year in 2012 and 2017 by the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (IIAAA). In 2015, he was named the District 6 and State of Indiana Distinguished Service Award by the same association. In 2007, Cochren was named the Educator of the Year by Bosse High School.
Cochren said the chance to work in a close-knit community with one public high school was appealing, as well as Richmond’s renowned athletic facilities, including Tiernan Center.
“Those facilities are as good as any in the state,” he said.
Cochren holds a Certified Master Athletic Administrator title, which is the highest certification for an athletic director. Cochren has been married to his wife, Sheila, for 32 years and they have two adult sons.
Before moving into athletic administration, Cochren was a tennis coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. He was named conference coach of the year seven times with the men’s program and twice with the women. Both programs had a great deal of success at both the conference and national tournament level.
Cochren also served as a teacher and coach in the East Allen County School Corporation and was named a Fort Wayne “Hometown Hero” for work with District 10 Little League.
Cochren is a familiar face to state athletic administrators because of his work with the IHSAA and the IIAAA. He said his ability to communicate effectively with students, staff, and state administration alike is integral.
“People know who I am because of my involvements,” he said. “Communication. That’s always seemed to be a positive for me.”