One coach reaching an historic coaching milestone is cause for celebration. But, two on the same day, from the same school? Now that’s something else!
On Oct. 23, both of Truman’s soccer coaches – Mike Cannon on the women’s side and Duke Cochran on the men’s side – reached a milestone number of victories along the Bulldog sideline, as Cannon hit win No. 300, while Cochran reached the win No. 100 mark. The former teammates who played together at the University in 1991 both accomplished the feat against Illinois Springfield. The men opened the day with a 2-0 victory before the women tacked on a 4-0 blanking of the Prairie Stars.
Cannon became just the 44th coach in NCAA women’s soccer history (all divisions) and just the eighth coach in NCAA Division II women’s soccer history to reach 300 career victories. He finished his 23rd season at the helm of the Bulldog program in November with an all-time career coaching record of 305-109-49. The program reached the 10-win mark (finishing 15-3-5) for the 21st straight season, the second-longest active streak of all NCAA Division II programs.
Cochran finished the 2015 season with a career coaching record of 101-80-16, having led the Bulldogs to five 10-plus win seasons. Likewise to Cannon, he is the winningest coach in program history.
Both men are slated to return to the sidelines for the start of the 2016 seasons, beginning in August.