A graduate of High Point Central, Andrea Cozart returned to her high school alma mater where she had a brilliant career of coaching a variety of sports spanning over 30 years. Cozart, a 1965 graduate of East Carolina, began her career at Central before there were varsity sports for women, organizing the Girls’ Athletic Association playdays at that time. But this pioneer for women’s athletics wound up coaching varsity tennis, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and advising the cheerleaders, all with great success. Her Central tennis team was a perennial power and had finished first or second in the conference 21 times in 23 years. She took the women’s basketball job as an “interim” position and coached from 1983 to ’86 with a brilliant 67-3 mark and a state runner-up finish in 1985. And in swimming, both her men’s and women’s teams rolled up 40-plus consecutive dual-meet winning streaks, always contending for state crowns. For many years she served as a director for NCHSAA regional events in both swimming and tennis. Andrea has also been very active at her church, Wesley Memorial United Methodist, in High Point.
July 8, 2019