Truman Inducts Three Into Athletics Hall of Fame

Justin Naumovitz, Saundra Hester and John Cochrane

Justin Naumovitz, Saundra Hester and John Cochrane

Longtime track & field/cross country coach John Cochrane, along with all-Americans  Saundra Hester and Justin Naumovitz were inducted into the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2013.

Cochrane served on the Bulldog staff for 33 years coaching five national champions, 52 individual and seven all-Americans along with 14 academic all-Americans during his tenure. He was a five-time MIAA Coach of the Year award winner and has also earned NCAA Distinguished Service awards. Cochrane retired in June 2013.

Hester was one of the individuals that won a national championship under Cochrane. She won the 400 meter hurdles at the 1990 Division II Championships and qualified for two other national championship meets, earning all-America honors in 1991. She was a two-time MIAA Champion in the 400 and competed in two NCAA Indoor National Championship meets. Hester broke two individual Truman records and was part of two record setting relay teams.

Naumovitz broke a 12-year drought for the Bulldog wrestling team when he earned the first of his two all-America honors at the 1993 NCAA Division II Nationals. He would place fourth that year and followed up with a seventh place finish his senior season. He was team captain for four seasons and a member of the 1992-93 team, which finished 11-0-1 in dual matches. He placed three times in the Midwest Regional and was a three-time team Most Valuable Wrestler while finishing his career with a 91-12-1 overall record. His 34 wins during the 1992-93 season were the third most by a Bulldog. Naumovitz represented Truman at the 1994 Chicago Model U.N. convention and was named the top delegate. Naumovitz would go on to be an assistant coach and help guide the Lindenwood (Mo.) Lions to the 2002 NAIA National Championship.

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