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TROY Magazine
For Lonnie Cochran, providing
spiritual guidance and mentoring to
Troy University’s student athletes means
making an impact both on and off the
playing field.
As the campus director for TROY’s
Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter
and the chaplain for the football team,
Cochran leads Bible studies and prayer
meetings and provides one-on-one
mentoring for athletes. Student athletes
have a high-profile presence on a college
campus, and Cochran’s vision is to help
these students make the most of their
positions by becoming positive role
models and leaders both in school and
“My vision is for this program to turn
out great men and women who can
compete well on the field, earn their
degrees and then become leaders in the
community,” Cochran said.
Cochran knows firsthand the kind of
pressures that student athletes face. A
TROY alumnus himself, Cochran played
basketball under Coach Don Maestri
from 1983-1986. Without the influence
of an active FCA, Cochran said learning
leadership and responsibility was a
process of self-discovery for athletes.
“We were just kind of trying to figure
things out on our own, and hopefully you
had the foundation at home,” Cochran
said. “Unfortunately, many kids today do
The FCA leads weekly Bible study
meetings, often attended by around
100 athletes from across TROY’s sport
programs. As the football chaplain,
Cochran travels with the team, leading
devotionals and providing prayer and
mentoring as needed for players. Cochran
said he hopes FCA will help TROY’s
athletes have well-rounded experiences
that develop lifelong values.
“My vision is the same as that of
Chancellor Hawkins; we want to create
the complete person, athletically,
academically and spiritually,” he said.
TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins,
Jr., is a devoted supporter of the
FCA’s mission, and his annual charity
golf tournament in Montgomery has
raised more than $200,000 towards an
endowment to provide long-term funding
for the program. Cochran said the
support will help FCA grow by adding
staff to reach more TROY athletes.
“I don’t know if there is another
chancellor as involved in FCA as Dr.
Hawkins is,” Cochran said. “He is a very
busy man, but he has time for FCA. He
got the vision to start this endowment,
and we thank him for partnering with us.”
Chancellor’s Golf Tournament Builds Leaders
Miss Troy University 2012 KeLeigh Edwards, Dr. John Ed Mathison, Campus Director of TROY’s Fellowship of Christian
Athletes and chaplain for the Trojan football team Lonnie Cochran and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, are shown during
this year’s Chancellor’s Invitational Golf Tournament.
Accounting faculty
member named as
“Emerging Leader’
Amanda Paul, a TROY alumna
and an assistant professor in
the University’s School of
Accountancy, was recently
honored with an Emerging
Leader Award presented by the
American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants (AICPA).
The award, which is part of
the AICPA’s Women to Watch
Award Program, honored Paul
for “significant contributions
to the profession and her
Paul was selected by Alabama
CPA peers and received the
award at the Alabama Society
of Certified Public Accountants
annual Women’s Summit, held
in Birmingham.
Paul joined the faculty of
the School of Accountancy
in 2007. She worked in
public accounting for two
Alabama firms following her
graduation in 2001. She serves
as a board member of the
Alabama Society of Certified
Public Accountants, as a
board member of the ASCPA
Educational Foundation and as
president of the local ASCPA
South Central Chapter.
• Jeannine Birmingham, President and CEO
of the Alabama Society of Certified Public
Accountants, left, congratulates Amanda
Paul, TROY alumna and assistant professor of
accounting, for receiving the Emerging Leader