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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 Co-Captain for the Mocs during his senior season which also was the first NCAA Division I tournament victory in UTC's school history. The 1982 UTC team still holds the best record for the men's basketball program at 27-4. Coach Cochran is entering his 31st year in coaching. He began his coaching career at the University of Montevallo in 1983. Cochran coached at Division I, Alabama State University, 1996-2000. He helped the Hornets win its first SWAC championship and first NCAA tournament bid. 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 basketball program in April of 2008. Coach Cochran has a winning record of (80-62) in five seasons at the controls. Coach Cochran and the Lady Falcons have rekindled the championship tradition that was begun when the program was implemented in 1998. In 2012, Coach Cochran led DSC to its first back to back conference championship since 2001-2002 and 2002-03 seasons. Cochran is a two-time Head Coach of the Year in the Mid-Florida Conference. Since Coach Cochran's arrival the Lady Falcons have succeeded academically, athletically and serving the Daytona Beach community. His mentoring achievements include 2011 Student Athlete of the Year in the state of Florida. Thirteen players have received 1st Team All Mid-Florida Conference honors; Twenty-five players have received Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete Awards; Five players have received FCSAA All-State honors; Twelve players have received FCSAA "All Academic" Team; Two players have received NJCAA Academic All-American and Daytona State College Hall of Fame honors. During the 2012-13 season, Coach Cochran mentored a Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and a NJCAA All-American.
Cochran participated in the 2006 Pete Newell Big Man Camp, where Cleveland Cavalier, NBA 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. Coach Cochran was designated as the Head Coach for the South All Stars in the 2006 Florida Panhandle He was named the 2006 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 1 Coach of the Year. Shootout. He was also selected as the District 1 Head Coach Representative, 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 boys' basketball head coach at Pensacola High School (PHS)
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. PHS 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.
Nakia DeBlanc joins the Lady Falcon staff for the 2015-2016 Daytona State College Women’s Basketball season replacing the former assistant coach, Brittany Young, who has assumed a position as the assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Stetson University. DeBlanc is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and former collegiate standout during her time at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina.
DeBlanc began her playing days at Woodland High School. Under the direction of her high school coach, Coach Korie Morton-Rozier, DeBlanc’s passion for the game blossomed along with her skills. During her four years as a starter at Woodlan Hills, DeBlanc recorded over 1,000 points and earned a multitude of honors.
With several college options to consider, DeBlanc settled on a scholarship to North Carolina A&T. As an Aggie, she would earn her way on the court early as a freshman starter. Her first season with the Aggies, DeBlanc and her teammates would score a MEAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
After a equally successful sophomore season which saw her team record a second MEAC Conference title and a bid to the WNIT, DeBlanc elected to transfer to Califorina University of Pennsylvania. DeBlanc finished her collegiate career and degree as a Vulcan.
After graduating from California University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2008, DeBlanc went on to coach girl’s high school basketball at Ringgold High School. She additionally served as an AAU basketball coach for both boy’s (Primetime) and girl’s (Essence) basketball programs.
Additionally, DeBlanc has taught in the Pittsurgh School System and has most recently assisted with compliance details in the Florida A & M Athletics Department.