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As a cornerback on the Cougar football team from 1978-81, Ron Cochran set the school record with 16 career interceptions.
January 13, 2010

Former Azusa Pacific football great Ron Cochran (1978-81) has been named deputy chief for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and becomes the first black to hold that rank in the department’s 156-year history.

Cochran was a 4-year standout cornerback on the Cougar football team, playing a key role on what many argue to be among the best Azusa Pacific defenses – the 1980 and 1981 squads.  The fleet-footed Cochran set 7 school records, including most interceptions in a season (8) and career (16).  Always known for taking the ball in another direction, Cochran returned 4 of his picks for TDs.  He still holds the school career record with 65 punt returns which covered 649 yards (10.0 avg.),  1 of which he returned for a TD.

Cochran, who is a member of the Cougar Sports Hall of Fame, graduated from Azusa Pacific in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  Two years later he joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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