Douglass C. “Doug” Cochran was a native of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The 2002 Hall of Fame inductee, who played football at Emory & Henry, earned recognition as an excellent high school coach and athletics administrator.
Cochran, who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, lettered three years (1947-49) in football at Emory & Henry College and was a member of the 10-2 team that played in the Tangerine Bowl in 1950. After graduating from E&H, he attended the University of Kentucky and obtained a master’s degree.
Cochran went on to a career in education, teaching and coaching football, basketball, and baseball for a number of years in Virginia and Maryland. He returned to Southwest Virginia and worked for three years in Pupil Services for the Washington County Board of Education. Cochran spent the majority of his career as the supervisor of physical education, driver education, and athletics for the Washington County School system. Cochran retired in 1987 after 37 years in education.
Cochran was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame in 1989 based on his extensive work to promote high school athletics Maryland. He was also elected to Washington County and Clarke County Sports Halls of Fame.
Born on November 27, 1983, Douglass Carrington Cochran passed away at the age of 83 on April 7, 2007.