Larry Cochell is a former American professional coach in NCAA Division I college baseball. He coached baseball for the Emporia State Hornets (then known as Kansas State Teachers College), the Creighton Bluejays, the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, the Northwestern Wildcats, the Cal State Fullerton Titans, and the Oklahoma Sooners.
|Born||c. 1940 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1972–1976||Cal State Los Angeles|
|1988–1990||Cal State Fullerton|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
He took three programs to the College World Series, doing so with Oral Roberts in 1978, Cal State Fullerton 1988 & 1990, and Oklahoma in 1992, 1994 & 1995, being the first coach to do so (with Ron Polk and Andy Lopez doing the feat in later years). He went 8–10 in six appearances. It was with Oklahoma that he received his highest success, leading them to a national championship at the 1994 College World Series in his fifteen seasons with the club. During his time at Oklahoma, he had his two of his sons play on the team, Chad (1997-2000) and Craig (1992-1993), with the former playing 126 total games and hitting .255 for his career. He is one of 56 coaches with over 1,100 wins, having a record of 1331–813–3, 21st most.
Controversy and aftermathEdit
On April 29, 2005, reports surfaced that he used racial remarks to describe one of his players, notably saying in an interview before an ESPN2 telecast of the Oklahoma-Wichita State game that “There are honkies and white people and there are nigger and black people. Dunigan is a good black kid ... There’s no nigger in him.”, which he used to describe Oklahoma's freshman outfielder Joe Dunigan III. On May 1, 2005, he resigned, with Sunny Golloway serving as interim head coach for the rest of the season. After the resignation, he was offered positions in minor league baseball and work in Europe, but he turned them down, citing how he wanted to spend time with his family and deal with his health, particularly blockage in two of his arteries that were found around the time of his stepping down.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Kansas State Teachers College (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1967–1969)|
|1969||Emporia State||29–13||NAIA World Series|
|Creighton Bluejays (Independent) (1970–1971)|
|Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1972–1974)|
|1972||Cal State Los Angeles||23–27||12–6|
|1973||Cal State Los Angeles||31–20||13–5||1st|
|1974||Cal State Los Angeles||35–18||18–5||1st|
|Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles (Independent) (1975–1975)|
|1975||Cal State Los Angeles||12–30|
|Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles (West Coast Athletic Conference) (1976–1976)|
|1976||Cal State Los Angeles||16–33||4–14||7th|
|Cal State Los Angeles:||117–128|
|Oral Roberts Titans (Independent) (1977–1980)|
|1978||Oral Roberts||45–12||College World Series|
|1980||Oral Roberts||38–16||Midwest Regional|
|Oral Roberts Titans (Midwestern City Conference/Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1981–1986)|
|1981||Oral Roberts||45–10–1||6–0||1st (South)||Midwest Regional|
|1982||Oral Roberts||49–13||7–1||1st (South)||Midwest Regional|
|1983||Oral Roberts||51–17||9–1||1st (South)||Midwest Regional|
|1984||Oral Roberts||38–23–1||7–5||2nd (South)|
|1985||Oral Roberts||50–19||10–2||1st (South)||Midwest Regional|
|1986||Oral Roberts||43–20||6–0||1st (South)||Mideast Regional|
|Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1987–1987)|
|Cal State Fullerton Titans (Pacific Coast Athletic Association / Big West Conference) (1988–1990)|
|1988||Cal State Fullerton||43–18||12–3||3rd||College World Series|
|1989||Cal State Fullerton||30–27||10–11||5th|
|1990||Cal State Fullerton||36–23||13–5||1st||College World Series|
|Cal State Fullerton:||109–68||35–19|
|Oklahoma Sooners (Big Eight Conference) (1991–1996)|
|1992||Oklahoma||43–24||17–7||T–1st||College World Series|
|1994||Oklahoma||50–17||21–9||2nd||College World Series Champions|
|1995||Oklahoma||42–16||21–7||1st||College World Series|
|Oklahoma Sooners (Big Eight Conference) (1997–2005)|
|1997||Oklahoma||39–20||18–11||4th||South I Regional|
|1998||Oklahoma||42–20||17–11||4th||Atlantic II Regional|
|2000||Oklahoma||41–23||20–10||3rd||Baton Rouge Super Regional|
|2002||Oklahoma||35–27||15–12||4th||Clemson Super Regional|
|2004||Oklahoma||38–24||19–8||2nd||Coral Gables Super Regional|
Postseason invitational champion
- Hoover, John E. "A new start to life". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- "16 baseball media guide - Cal State LA" (PDF). lagoldeneagles.com. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- "Career Statistics - The Official Site of Oklahoma Sooner Sports". www.soonersports.com. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- "OU's Cochell: Resigning was 'right thing to do'". ESPN.com. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- "OU Baseball Media Guide". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- On May 1, Cochell resigned from the program due to racially insensitive remarks, one month before the 2005 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The team finished with an overall record of 35–26 (14–13 in the Big 12). Sunny Golloway led the team to the Tournament, where they lost in the Oxford Super Regional.