Former Rector Player and Coach Recognized by NEA

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Bill Cossey (right) receives a plaque from Ronnie Brogdon as he recognized as a Friend Of The NEA.
TD photo/Anthony Cossey

Rector grad, and former RHS coach, Bill Cossey was recognized at the recent NEA Invitational Tournament at Jonesboro as a Friend of the NEA. As a graduate of Rector High, he participated in the annual tournament each year. Later, Cossey coached at Nettleton, Cave City, Grubbs, Bradford and for the Cougars.

One of the best teams he coached was during his time at Cave City, as the Cavemen entered the bracket with a record of 19-0 and beat Jonesboro in the second round of play. Later, the team fell to an undfeated Tuckerman Bulldog squad in the semi-finals.

In giving him the honor, it was noted that Coach Cossey felt it was an honor to play and coach in the NEA. To have been selected to play in front of your peers and competition meant a lot to those who were selected by the tournament committee, it was noted in making the presentation. The long-time coach also voiced his feelings that the local support of schools and towns in the surrounding area have helped continue the success for so many years.

Charged with presenting the commemorative plaque to Cossey was Ronnie Brogdon.

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