Scott Cochran, strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama, brought his usual energy and intensity to the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County 2019 annual breakfast on …
Scott Cochran, strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama, brought his usual energy and intensity to the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County 2019 annual breakfast on Wednesday.
Cochran, who has worked with Coach Nick Saban for 18 years, served as keynote speaker at the event held at the Jasper Civic Center. After detailing some of his own personal story, he spoke of the need for employers to take the time to truly know their employees and help mold them. He drew upon methods the Alabama coaching staff uses with student athletes as advice to a young workforce.
"(We do) little things that we use with the players that I think are catchy," Cochran said. "We like to use a little thing called 'See a little, see a lot. See a lot, see nothing.' That just brings them back into being laser focused. If you focus on what you need to focus on and stay on target, it's insane what you can do if you stop listening to people and the haters."
Before making a hasty return to Tuscaloosa for summer workouts, Cochran told the story of the late Mal Moore while playing under Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama.
"Mal Moore may have been forced by his dad, but he did not quit," he said before emphasizing to those in attendance to likewise "not quit, no matter what, do not quit! 40 years from now, like him, you could have a building named after you!"
Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, praised Cochran's energy and inspirational message.
"What a wonderful motivational speaker," Lewis said. "Uplifting and getting you excited about your community, getting you involved in your community, and never giving up in your community.
"The message that (Coach Cochran) gave you was powerful," she said. "'Never give up and be a leader.' It was just an uplifting speech."
She said Cochran's energy was indicative of what the Chamber is all about.
This year marked the highest attendance for the annual Chamber breakfast with 420 guests, according to Lewis.
"I think it had a lot to do with the speaker, but I think it also has a lot to do with our mission and vision at the Chamber. It was a great day for the community."
Jeremy Arthur, president of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, closed out the event, praising Walker County for the work being done locally.
"There are 102 Chambers across the state and I'm going to tell you that yours is leading the pack," he said. He went on to acknowledge individual accomplishments of Chamber leadership and local representation, saying "that is what Walker County is all about."
According to Lewis, the success of the Chamber of Commerce would not be possible without "the leadership of our Board, our investors, our Chamber members and the partnerships we have with the community."