John Cochran '70

Labeled by legendary head coach Cliff Wettig as the “finest defensive player I have ever coached,” Lexington, Ohio, native John Cochran enjoyed one of the most productive basketball careers in Grove City College history.

Cochran emerged as an immediate contributor in 1966 and received the West Penn Conference’s Freshman of the Year honor. For his career, he poured in 1,352 points, which ranked him as Grove City’s No. 2 all-time scorer and runner-up to Jeff Claypool, his teammate at both Lexington High School and Grove City.

Cochran’s 462 points during his senior season also ranked second on the single-season scoring list at graduation in 1970. That year, he averaged 21 points and nearly 13 rebounds per game while producing 11 outings of 20 or more points.

In his junior year, the 6-foot, 200-pounder helped the Wolverines upset top-ranked Ashland College on the Eagles’ home floor. The game, near his hometown, (along with the minor skirmish afterward) continues as local folklore some 40 years later.

Overall, Cochran averaged 15.7 points and nine rebounds per game for his career while averaging no less that 13.6 points in any of his four seasons.

The Sportsman of the Year award in 1970 added more luster to his outstanding career. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

His athletic contributions continued for the youth in his community as commissioner, coach, manager, referee, umpire, etc. His vocational contributions include hospital chief financial officer and counseling services chief financial officer and chief executive officer.