WTNH jumps on the Harding-Cochran saga early with big feature story

Harding coach Jack Cochran shows players how to power clean during workouts shown in WTNH's report on the program.

Harding coach Jack Cochran shows players how to power clean during workouts shown in WTNH’s report on the program.

On the the day of the first high school practice of 2013, we were going to take a visit to Harding to check out lightning rod coach Jack Cochran on his first official day. After all, his hiring at the struggling city program was one of the offseason’s biggest stories.

Turns out, WTNH’s John Pearson beat us to the punch — by about five days.

Pearson visited Cochran the day before his All-City Instructional football camp at Harding High School on August 10.  Jack and the members of the team were working out and lifting, getting ready for the season.

We couldn’t have done a better job if we tried. Thanks guys.

Among the highlights:

  • Cochran’s revelation that many of the Harding players “didn’t even know who I was” when he got the job. “…Which was a little bit of a positive.”
  • Antoine Sistrunk, a former Harding player, who’s been involved with the school for years as an assistant basketball and football coach, highlighting the positives of Cochran’s arrival. “It’s tough out there. Sometimes you need a guy like coach Cochran to come in and give you that motivation and that extra encouragement you need to keep fighting.”
  • Cochran on the controversial ‘Score management’ policy that unofficially bears his name: “You want to be great and when you are great, sometimes you win by a lot of points. And, to have a rule to stop that, I think that’s kind of a disservice to the kids. Nowhere else in life do we stop people from being great.”
  • Cochran on old accusations of recruiting: “Parents have found ways to get kids to the schools I’m coaching at. That happens everywhere, in every state and every sport. And it’s not gonna stop.”
  • He also got into his efforts to battle the challenges facing the city kids and all of the Bridgeport sports programs.

Sounds like the kids are pretty fired up on the East End.

Good stuff.

Take a look at WTNH’s SportzEdge report, or just watch above.

Sean Patrick Bowley