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Dr. Nathan Cochran
Nathan Cochran

AthleticsVice President & DirectorStaley Hall803-536-8714

Nathan Cochran

SC State alumnus Dr. Nathan Cochran leads the Department of Athletics as vice president and director of athletics.


Cochran’s career spans 20 years as a collegiate administrator and a football and track and field coach with nearly half of his experience with HBCUs. He arrived at SC State in January 2024 from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, where he had served as athletics director and vice president for athletics since February 2023.

He arrived at Walsh from Xavier University of Louisiana, where he served as Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation. In that role, he oversaw 14 sports, the university recreation department and club sports.

A Colorado native, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from SC State in 2000, having played football for legendary head football Coach Willie Jeffries as a transfer student from Air Force Academy.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from SC State in 2000.
  • Master’s degree in management from Webster University in 2003.
  • Doctorate in adult and higher education from Morehead State University in 2023.