Head Cross Country & Track Coach
John Cochrane has
been the women's track and field/cross country coach since 1980.
In 2006, Cochrane took over the men's program following the
retirement of Ed Schneider. His teams have won six Mid-America
Intercollegiate Athletics Association track & field championships
and one cross country crown in his career.
At the 2006 cross country regionals, Jacquie
Faust captured the regional title with a time of 22:00 and became
the second Bulldog runner to win the championship under Cochrane.
Faust advanced to the Division II national championship where she
earned all-America status with a 29th place finish
In 2004, Truman had
its best ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championship, scoring 24
points and finishing ninth in the nation. The Bulldogs were led by
Christina Winkler, who won three all-American awards, including
winning the 400m hurdle nation championship. During the 2004 cross
country season, Truman set another school first, advancing as a team
to the national meet for the first time.
From 1999-2004, his
indoor track & field teams placed in the top three at the MIAA meet.
During the same span, his outdoor squads were in the top three every
year but one. The Bulldogs won the 2003 conference indoor title and
swept the indoor and outdoor conference crowns in 2000. The outdoor
title was the team’s first since 1983, while the indoor crown was
last won by the Bulldogs in 1989-90.
When the Bulldogs won
the MIAA outdoor track title in 1983, Cochrane was voted MIAA Coach
of the Year. In 1999 indoor season, he was named MIAA Coach of the
Year and the USTCA Great Lakes Coach of the Year for women’s indoor
track. In 2000, Cochrane was named the conference’s indoor coach of
the year and followed up with the outdoor honor later that year. He
was also named the conference’s cross country coach of the year for
arrival in 1980 at Truman, the Bulldog track program has produced 25
all-America performers and three national champions.
In 1990, the Bulldog
track team charted its highest finish at the national indoor meet,
placing eighth overall. In that season, Cochrane led his team to its
second consecutive indoor MIAA title.
Cochrane is a 1968
graduate of Iowa State University and received a master’s degree in
physical education from Truman in 1982. He has been in the coaching
field for 33 years, including an 11-year stint at Williamsburg
(Iowa) Community School. While there, Cochrane led his 1978 and 1979
cross-country teams to fifth-place finishes at the Iowa 2-A state
meet, and in 1978, his track squad finished fourth in state
competition. Prior to coaching at Williamsburg, Cochrane directed
all sports at Colo, Iowa, for one year.
Cochrane received the
Distinguished Service Award from the NCAA Division II cross-country
coaches for his contributions to the sport in 1992. He was a 1996
recipient of the NCAA Division II Track Coaches Distinguished
Cochrane and his
wife, Christina, have two sons, David and Douglas.