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How Thomas star Aden Kelley, an OSU commit, provided comfort to Cashion coach Cale Cochran

CASHION — Thomas star lineman Aden Kelley walked into Cashion High School’s football stadium Friday, saw the tribute to Jacie Cochran and knew he had to say something.

He just needed the right moment with Cashion assistant Cale Cochran.

Cale’s wife, Jacie, died during childbirth this summer. Now raising their son, Jaxon, Cale is working to move forward.

Kelley read about the tragedy. He never planned to say something to Cale, but then the moment felt right at halftime walking into the locker room. Kelley spotted Cochran ahead of him.


“Coach, Coach, hold up,” Kelley said.

Cochran stopped and turned around.

Kelley, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound Oklahoma State commitment, ran to Cochran and delivered a huge hug. 

Kelley then said that Cochran has a beautiful baby boy. Kelley said he prays for Cale and Jaxon every day.

“It’s just something that the man’s hurting,” Kelley said. “He lost a very close loved one. I just can’t imagine what he’s going through. It’s a tough deal. 

“You’re kinda at a loss for words what to say about it. But at the same time a little pat on the back can go a long way. That’s just what I tried to offer.”

Cale wrote about the experience over the weekend on Twitter.

“Although it hit me pretty hard where I was reminded yet again that I’ll never see her again … I was absolutely impressed with this young kid’s actions,” Cale wrote. “I have always heard how great of a kid he is, but I sure am thankful he came up and said those nice words.

“He is an 18-year-old kid who was brought up how to respect and support people going through a hard time. Very respectful kid who definitely deserves a pat on the back for his actions last night.”

Kelley said he wasn’t looking for publicity. He just wanted to do the right thing.

And provide some level of comfort for Cale. 

“I can’t imagine what he’s going through and what he’s feeling and things like that,” Kelley said. “Nothing but time will help this deal, and I’m not even sure that will.”

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Cashion assistant coach Cale Cochran during a high school football game between Cashion and Perry in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Cochran's wife, Jacie Jacie Cochran, died July 2 shortly after giving birth to their son Jaxon. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Cashion assistant coach Cale Cochran during a high school football game between Cashion and Perry in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Cochran's wife, Jacie Jacie Cochran, died July 2 shortly after giving birth to their son Jaxon. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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