One member of the UWG Wolves’ coaching staff needed no introduction to his new boss. Cayden Cochran and David Dean had crossed paths before; quite successfully, too. They had met.
Cochran spent two seasons as Dean’s starting quarterback at Valdosta State. That includes the 2012 season where the Oklahoma native led VSU to the NCAA Division II title. His best work that season came during the NCAA Playoffs. He completed 80-of-118 (67.6%) passes for 873 yards, an average of over 12 yards per completion, and seven touchdowns.
These worked together to put a ring on their finger at VSU. Now, they try to do the same at West Georgia.
Cochran is entering his third year as part of the UWG staff. In 2015 he worked with veteran Dallas Dickey to help lead the Wolves to the NCAA Division II Semifinals. A year ago Cochran helped provide the steady hand during the mid-season transition to Willie Candler as UWG’s signal caller.
Cochran’s arrival on the UWG staff in 2015 wasn’t his first visit to Carrollton. He was Valdosta State’s starting quarter for a pair of games on Ra-Lin Field in both his junior and seasons with the Blazers. The 2012 national title season was his best as Cochran earned honorable mention All-America status, All-Super Region 2 honors and a berth on the All-GSC First Team.
Before his days at Valdosta State, Cochran played his freshman season at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He next moved to Oklahoma University before transferring to VSU. He was a three-year contributor and two year starter for the Blazers. He also made three starts as a sophomore, including that season’s game vs. UWG.
Cochran, a native of Cashion, Okla., is a 2013 graduate of Valdosta State. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Native American Studies. Cochran’s wife, the former Samantha Posey, was a standout softball player during her career at Valdosta State. The couple has one daughter, Posey, born earlier in 2017.