Buford selects four for school's Hall of Fame

By Will Hammock

Sports Editor


Buford High School officials met Thursday night for voting and selected four new inductees to the Buford Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year's class features longtime football coach Ed Cochran, three-sport star Tracy Cohron, basketball standout Mary Alice Beard and team physician Cecil Miller. They will be inducted Oct. 23 during a ceremony at Buford First Baptist Church. They also will be honored Oct. 26 at halftime of the Wolves' football game vs. Cross Keys.

Buford began its Hall of Fame last year with an inaugural class of longtime administrator and booster Phillip Beard, the Wolves' first football coach, Tom Riden, and former standout athletes Bryce Cantrell, Dwayne Cash and Tyrone Sorrells.

Cochran was Buford's head football coach from 1973 to 1991, sporting a career record of 129-82-5. His teams won 10 region titles and made the state semifinals four times, including a 1978 team that won Gwinnett's first state football championship. He was the Wolves' athletic director until 1999.

Cochran , a 1977 grad, accounted for 31 touchdowns as a Buford senior and signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech.

He also averaged 28.5 points and 15.2 rebounds in basketball as a senior and led the baseball team to the '77 state title by going 12-1 with three no-hitters and three one-hitters. He also hit .455 with two home runs in the state finals.

Beard, a 1971 grad, was a four-time all-county selection. She held the Wolves' career scoring and rebounding marks until they were broken by Christi Thomas, who now plays in the WNBA.

Miller served as Buford's team doctor from 1957 to 1998 and performed free on-site school physicals for all athletes.

He also served on the city's board of education for a number of years.