Charles Cochrum begins his third year at Rice in 2014-15. As Associate Director of Athletic Communications, the Houston native serves as the primary media contact for men's basketball and men's golf and as the secondary football contact.
In addition to his specific sport duties, Cochrum supervises the Athletic Communications department's student workers, has worked to streamline the office's social media use and created a comprehensive record book for the men's golf program, among other special projects.
Cochrum came to South Main following a five-year stint at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he worked closely with the basketball and golf teams as well as the 2007 NCAA Division I national champion football team and also acted as the sports information department's publications and web coordinator and technology consultant. He won CoSIDA national publication awards for Best Media Guide (Football - 2009) and Best Media Guide Cover (Football - 2010).
Cochrum earned his Master of Sport Administration degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. in 2007 following two years as a graduate assistant in the media relations office. With the Bruins, he served as the primary media contact for the baseball, men's soccer and volleyball teams while supporting each of the program's other NCAA Division I sports in various capacities. He acted as the radio voice for the baseball team during road games and twice hosted the Atlantic Sun Volleyball Championship.
During his time in graduate school, Cochrum also worked as the MLB Advanced Media team statistician for the Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
While working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Rice University, Cochrum completed an internship with Houston Astros media relations in 2004-05, as the team hosted the 2004 MLB All-Star Game and advanced in the postseason to the National League Championship Series. He also interned with Rice Athletics in the Facilities and Operations department in 2005.
Cochrum resides in Houston and is a member of CoSIDA, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission.