Veteran prep sportswriter, photographer, digital producer and editor Brad Cochi has been named Director of Digital Media, CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green announced Wednesday. Cochi will assume his new duties on April 12.
“We are excited for the national opportunity presented to Ryan Casey to work with MaxPreps. Ryan opened the door for the Association to think outside of the paper-pencil box. He will be greatly missed but will continue to work with our team through our long-standing corporate partnership. We are equally excited for our membership and prep athletes across the state, and our high school communities as Brad Cochi takes the helm to begin the grass root initiative of building the CHSAA Digital Media Department as its director. He is a great addition to our staff,” Blanford-Green said.
Cochi replaces Casey, who held the position for the past eight years.
Cochi has extensive experience in multi-media journalism and has worked the past 10 years for BoCoPreps.com, part of Prairie Mountain Publishing, whose holdings include the Longmont Times-Call and Boulder Daily Camera.
His duties included producing and editing written copy for award-winning online and print media, shooting and editing video interviews and highlights, producing video talk shows and special series, along with marketing and administrative strategy.
His experience includes maintaining web sites and he was the creator and producer for the video series Brad vs. BoCoPreps and BoCoPreps.com Podcast.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Cochi said. “I have really enjoyed covering Colorado high school activities in multiple capacities for more than 12 years now, and I couldn’t be more excited for this new opportunity to continue covering, promoting and supporting student-athletes across Colorado.”
Cochi served as sports editor for the Canon City Daily Record, was sports editor of the CU Independent while in college and was a research intern for longtime Sports Illustrated and ESPN report, Rick Reilly.
He has an MBA in Management/Marketing from the University of Colorado-Denver after completing his BS in Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Cochi has won a number of awards for writing and website work.