Cogdill reflects on 1997 glory season _ the cleveland daily banner

For one of the most invested supporters and former leaders of Cleveland High School sports, Charlie Cogdill now enjoys being a diehard fan of Blue Raider athletics, giving the program his all over many seasons.

With Cleveland boys’ basketball off to its best start since the 2002-03 season, the same year Cogdill was named Athletic Director of the Year by the TSSAA, there is also another significant date the current Cleveland Board of Education member will never forget.

After all, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Cleveland’s 87-79 win over Brainerd in the Class AAA State Championship game. Frances conroy eye Vincent Yarbrough was the MVP in a strong offensive showing, which to this day is tied for the third highest point total by any TSSAA boys’ basketball program in a state championship game.


Cogdill was an assistant coach to Ray Grant for the ’97 Blue Raiders, who are responsible for one of school’s 18 state championship, including the only one in basketball.

“Winning state that year was just such a journey,” Cogdill said as he reflected back on a historical season for Cleveland in which it won 30 straight games after starting the season 3-2. Garden of the gods camping “Not only were we the best team in Tennessee and took home the gold basketball, but we got the sportsmanship award out of the eight teams, as well. Netafim The team was such a joy to be around.”

The golden ball in Cleveland High School’s trophy case is the last boys’ basketball championship won by a Southeast Tennessee team, other than a lone title from Class A Chattanooga Christian in 2001 and the now-closed Tennessee Temple in 2002, 2003 and 2007.

After a successful coaching career at Cleveland (1995-98) where he helped coach the McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Toro irrigation Basketball award winner in Yarbrough as well as his older brother Del Baker, both of whom went onto play at Tennessee, Cogdill changed his career path.

Although his passion for coaching was embodied by his nine seasons spent as a coach at Cleveland State Community College, along with other stints at Motlow State and Manchester, the best decision for the future was to accept the role as CHS’s new athletic director in the summer of ’98.

“Ray went to coach at the University of Tennessee as Jerry Green’s assistant after the 1998 season, so I was given the choice to either be the head boys coach or athletic director,” said Cogdill, whose hometown is Jasper. Pitching mechanics video “My son was coming up to play and it’s tough coaching when your son is on the team, so I decided to take the athletic director position that summer.”

He was responsible for hiring 13 new coaches, helping form volleyball, swimming and soccer as varsity sports and ending a nine-year absence of the Bradley-Cleveland football rivalry in 2001.

Among improvements made to CHS’ sports facilities were a remodeling of the baseball field and adding an inning-by-inning scoreboard, new lights at the football stadium, a new rubberized track, and new facilities for the soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling programs.

“Everything we wanted to do at Cleveland High School had to be first class,” Cogdill said. Tropical garden design “I can remember the school giving me permission to build a softball field. How to lay pavers on sand The families helped us all raise money and for the first year our fans had to bring lawn chairs because we were in the process of building bleachers, but it all came together.”

While no longer calling the plays or shots inside the huddle, but at the top of the athletic administration, Cleveland coaches were honored to coach for the school’s athletic program, led by Cogdill.

“Charlie’s passion for athletics at Cleveland High School go above and beyond the normal call of duty,” said Jason McCowan, who is in his 10th year as the Blue Raiders basketball head coach. Gardening tips “He has been one of my biggest mentors in life, and I would not be where I am today without him.”

“He cares about everyone involved and will do anything to help a coach, athlete, parent or spectator make athletics what they should be, an outstanding event for all,” added McCowan, whose state-ranked team is 20-2 overall this season. Pervious concrete cost “I am very honored to say that Coach Cogdill hired me to be the head coach at CHS. Pictures of landscapes I work every day to make sure I hold myself to the highest standard.”

During Cogdill’s time as AD, he hired eight female coaches. Virtual garden Among the group was the then 23-year-old Trish Flowers, who would go on to take Cleveland’s volleyball program to its first TSSAA state tournament this past season.

“Being an English teacher and a year-round coach has always been a balancing act I have struggled with, but Charlie was very supportive of me from the get-go,” said Flowers, whose team went 39-15 this season. Football scores nfl “I remember times where I would call him crying, so overwhelmed. Driveway sealing scams I did not know what a purchase order was or how to check athlete eligibility as a young buck, so he was the one who introduced me to the world of coaching in a public school.”

Cogdill now enjoys making the rounds, watching his former school’s athletic programs compete while also embracing his role as McCowan’s “unofficial director of basketball operations.”

“I tried to treat all sports fairly in my time as athletic director and assistant principal,” Cogdill said. Baseball games today near me “I thought our girls’ sports were just important as our boys. Olympic qualifying basketball 2016 I wanted to treat everyone with respect. Irrigation store near me I still enjoy sharing ideas with coaches and I just like being around it all.”

“He came to a lot of our volleyball matches this year and has shown interest in our program’s needs to get more courts set up in elementary schools, so we can continue growing our sport,” Flowers said. Phoenix bats “He is actually the one who encouraged me to have camps for younger players in the offseason, an endeavor that has grown to have 70-plus girls at our camp in the summer.

With perhaps another memorable basketball season on hand for Cleveland, as its boys’ team is ranked second by CoachT.com and fifth in Class AAA by The Associated Press, Cogdill looks forward to the run ahead, which he will be present for.

“I have been asked that question a lot: Are they as good as your ’97 team?,” Cogdill said. Backyard baseball pablo “I think they have the potential to get there even though they are still an awfully young team, with just two seniors. Batting tips I hope they can put another state championship in the trophy case, because I will be their biggest fan.”

This coming fall, Cogdill plans to help host a 20th year reunion of Cleveland’s state championship team. Arizona softball He and Coach Grant to this day are great friends and stay in contact with their former players.

“Ray and I are very, very close friends,” Cogdill said. Garden centre toronto “When my wife (Mary Jim) passed, he was with my kids and I at the hospital at 5:30 in the morning. How to make a good deck in hearthstone It’s just the type of person he is. Softball australia Coaching with him was something I will cherish forever with his friendship.”

Since 2014, Cogdill has represented the City At-Large for the Cleveland City Schools Board of Education. Small balcony garden ideas pictures He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College and a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University.

“Even though I had never been in politics I decided to give it a try in 2014 and was lucky enough to win it,” he said. Landscaping ideas around trees “I have enjoyed my time on the school board. Basketball olympics usa It was fun to be here and see Dr. Backyard baseball download (Martin) Ringstaff start the movement to replace the (Raider) Dome. Little league baseball age chart 2016 Raider Arena is immaculate. El patio mcallen Former Brainerd coach Robert High even told me it is the best high school gym he has ever seen.”

Cogdill’s daughter Kelly and son-in-law Josh Bishop are both Cleveland High School graduates and they have two children, Mary Grace, 7, and Brooks, 3. How to build a fence in minecraft His son James and daughter-in-law Sloane (Phillips) are also both CHS graduates and their first-born child took the same initials as Cogdill’s late wife as Margaret James Cogdill, 8 months.

When not at games or working on the school board, Cogdill enjoys playing the fast-growing sport of pickle ball, and collecting vintage baseball cards. Knuckleball pitch He is a lifelong New York Yankees fan and was able to see Derek Jeter play in a series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs in Jeter’s last professional season.

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