Every step of Greg Cooper’s career was a success — from a wrestling state champion at Boardman to a two-time NCAA Tournament-qualifying cadet for the U.S. Naval Academy to a captain in the Navy to a long career as the athletic director at Canfield High School.
Through it all, his philosophy on leadership was constant.
“When you’re in a position of authority or responsibility, you’re going to have people that work for you, but you have to remember that you work for them,” Cooper said. “There can’t be a timer or limit on what you’re going to do.
“You have to invest the time to show people you care and see what’s going on and see what needs done.
“[When something needs done] be sure that it gets done — even if you have to do it yourself,” Cooper said. “That’s the biggest thing, do whatever it takes to do things the way you think it should be done.
“That can require some long days and late nights, but so many people have contributed to my success that I wanted to pass that along to the student athletes at Canfield. Hopefully, we could be a positive influence for the young men and women at Canfield.”
Cooper, who was Canfield’s AD since 2006, has retired.
Mike Cochran will step into Cooper’s role in August.
Years of service plus his ongoing recovery from a liver transplant last fall contributed to his decision to step away, Cooper said.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.