June 13, 2005
Valdosta-- Charles Cooper, who won 217 games as Valdosta State's head coach from 1982-1994, died early Monday morning at Wesley Wood Health Center in Atlanta, following an extended illness. He was currently head coach at Piedmont College in Demorest.
At VSU, Cooper won two conference and two South Region championships. His 1984 team compiled a school-best 30-3 record on the way to VSU's only Final Four appearance. A legendary prep coach at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Cooper rolled up an amazing nine-year record of 227-25, at one time winning 124 consecutive games and four state titles.
After retiring from Valdosta State in 1994, he moved to north Georgia. Piedmont president Dr. Ray Cleere, former vice president for academic affairs at VSU, lured Cooper out of retirement in 1998 to rebuild the school's women's basketball program.
This past January he picked up his 1000th career coaching victory. His 2004-05 club compiled a 23-4 record. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carson McLane Funeral Home in Valdosta.