Moon out as Bainbridge girls hoops coach; boys assistant Cochran takes over

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BAINBRIDGE -- Kelvin Cochran said he didn't blink or have to think twice.

He wanted the job, and snatched it like a power-rebound.

Cochran will be taking over the girls basketball program at Bainbridge High, where Latreisha Moon is leaving Aug. 1.

Moon put together a remarkable record at Bainbridge, going 109-30 over the past six seasons. Her teams went 69-17 over the last three years, and were a constant in the Class AAAA state tournament, and often ranked in the state's Top 10 poll.

Her 2008-09 team won 17 of its last 18 games and advanced to the Class AAAA Final Four.

Moon is leaving to return to her alma mater, Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Ala., where she will coach girls basketball and softball -- the same sports she coached at Bainbridge.

Moon was a star at Russell High, and later starred at Alabama A&M, where she was an All-American who led the nation in rebounding (17 per game) as a senior. She played professional basketball from 1998-2000 in Finland.

Her teams played a tough, aggressive style of basketball and she sent several girls to college, including Alexis Burke at the University of Illinois, April Thomas and Bria Harris at Albany State University, Deja Cooper and Zaikia Dawson at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Lashanda Middleton at Enterprise (Ala.) Community College.

"She did a great job,'' said Ed Pilcher, who has been the Bainbridge athletic director for the last three years but will just coach football this season. "She had some good athletes and some real good teams.

She went to the Final Four one year and made it to the final eight a couple of times. She really did a good job.''

Bainbridge didn't have to look far for a new coach. Cochran has been the boys assistant basketball coach at Bainbridge for the past 13 years, and he takes over a program that is respected not only in Southwest Georgia, but throughout the state.

"When the administration came to me and asked me if I wanted the job, I didn't hesitate,'' Cochran said. "I'm excited about being the girls coach. I've been the boys assistant for 13 years and feel like I am ready.''

Cochran grew up in Macon County and graduated from Liberty University in Virginia. He took a job as an assistant football coach out of college and has been at Bainbridge ever since.

"I was definitely going back to Georgia,'' Cochran said. "Virginia was too cold for me. I came here in 1997 and have been here since.''

Cochran knows how successful the girls basketball program has been and wants to make it better.

"I can't think of a better place to start my head coaching career,'' he said. "I'm excited about getting the opportunity to run the show. This is a great program. Hopefully, we can elevate it a little more.

Hopefully, we can get them to play at a faster place.''