Though she never won a national championship, University of Winnipeg Wesmen women's basketball player Beth Cochran won just about everything else. She was born and raised in Hamiota, where she played in school and on the town's hard court. Cochran went on to a stellar five year university career as one of the best players to ever put on a Wesmen women's basketball jersey in 1982-1987.
After her 1982 high school graduation, Cochran went straight to the U of W and straight to work earning individual accolades and leading her team to four national championships.
Cochran was named a Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (now called Canadian Interuniversity Sport) all-Canadian every year of her career, twice selected to the first team (1985-86, 1986-87) and three times to the second team (1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85). She was also named the Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year in 1984, 1986 and 1987.
Cochran and the Wesmen competed in the national championship four times during her career (1982-83, 1983-84,1985-86, 1986-87) and earned the CIAU silver medal in 1983-84.
With her tremendous athletic gifts, it's not surprising this player was also a staunch leader of her teammates, and Cochran was the Wesmen team captain from 1985-1987. Her individual records still stand in the U of W Wesmen women's basketball record books as Cochran is the program's all-time leading scorer with 4,079 career points and the leader in career rebounds with 2,056. She holds the Wesmen women's basketball record for most rebounds in a single season with 563 during the 1982-83 season. An outstanding single-game accomplishment for Cochran came during the 1982-83 season when she scored a single-game career-high of 48 points in a game against Regina.
Successful off the basketball court as well, Beth Cochran proved herself a splendid student athlete. She graduated from the U of W with a degree in education and now lives in North Carolina where she is a school principal.
Beth Cochran is also a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.