Cogdill retired in 2009 after 36 years in education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
The first 25 years of his career were spent as a teacher and coach at all levels — elementary, high school and college.
In 1976, a coaching job at Cleveland State Community College brought him to Cleveland, where he raised his family. His extensive coaching experience in basketball included assisting Ray Grant when Cleveland High School won the 1997 AAA Boys Basketball State Championship. He has also coached girls’ softball, baseball, and golf.
During his remaining 11 years in education, Cogdill served as assistant principal and athletic director at Cleveland High.
As assistant principal, his duties included building maintenance, discipline, lockers, working with school resource officers, maintaining athletic budget and booster clubs with the bookkeeper, helping faculty and staff any way possible, and numerous other duties as assigned by the principal.
The athletic director duties consisted of working with more than 40 coaches on 30 teams on the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels.
During his tenure, a new rubberized track was installed; Jones Wrestling Center was built; the Brenda McKenzie Lawson softball stadium was built; and a soccer stadium was completed. Additionally, the baseball stadium was renovated and an indoor practice facility for baseball and softball was developed.
The inside of the Raider Dome was renovated with new bleachers and scoreboards and a repainted floor. New lights were installed at the football, baseball, softball and soccer fields.
He also worked closely with the TSSAA in complying with its rules and by-laws.
Cogdill was awarded the TSSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2003. Also during his tenure, the school received several “Do It the Right Way” and sportsmanship awards. The Cleveland High School administration asked him to come back in 2013 to be tournament director for the district and region basketball tournaments they were hosting.
Cogdill holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College, master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University and advanced graduate studies from Trevecca Nazarene College.
He was married for 37 years to Mary Jim Cogdill, who passed away in 2012 after working at Bradley Memorial Hospital and SkyRidge Medical Center for 35 years. His daughter Kelly (former teacher at Yates Primary) and son-in-law Josh Bishop are both Cleveland High School graduates and they have two children, Mary Grace and Brooks. His son James and daughter-in-law Sloane (Phillips) are also both CHS graduates.
Both his children and their spouses attended Cleveland City Schools from elementary through high school.
He is a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland, and Senior Circle of SkyRidge Medical Center.
“At the beginning of this school year, I was encouraged to run,” Cogdill said. “This was something I had always wanted to do as my entire professional career has been in education, so I accepted this challenge. During my time in administration, we were able to accomplish so much, but it would not have been possible without the help of supportive parents, students, faculty and staff, central office administration, and the City Council working together. It would be a privilege and honor to serve as a member of the city school board.”
Cogdill continued by saying, “The new motto for Cleveland City Schools, ‘Every Child, Every Day,’ says it all. That’s why I want to serve.”
He said he would appreciate your vote and support. Early voting runs from July 17 through Aug. 2 and the general election is Aug. 7.