Ottumwa High School??s head wrestling coach Kevin Cochran is stepping down after five years as head coach.
Cochran has spent the last 17 years coaching wrestling, 11 years as head coach and his last five years in Ottumwa Schools.
Cochran has also been an educator for five years. His passion for wrestling and the students led him to the classroom.
??It was the best career change I could have made,?? he said. After recently completing his administrative degree, he hopes to pursue an educational leadership role off the mats.
Ottumwa??s wrestling program has continued to grow under Cochran??s leadership.
??I??ve worked with some quality assistant coaches at the high school and middle school and have seen more stability in the youth program,??
Cochran said. ??Ottumwa must continue to grow to compete at the state and CIML level.??
Cochran plans to continue to stay involved in the program as his schedule allows, serving as a volunteer to assist as needed.
??Coaching in Ottumwa has been a good experience,?? he said.
??There has been growth in the program and growth in the athletes. I wouldn??t change a thing.
Courtesy Ottumwa High School.