Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain opened Tuesday’s city council meeting by proclaiming Dec. 21 as Jeff Cody Day, which is also the same day a dedication ceremony is planned to name Cleburne High School’s Yellow Jacket Gym in honor of Cody, the winningest coach in the school’s history.
Cody, who retired from CHS in 2008, served 36 years as head coach of the boy’s basketball team, taking his teams to 24 playoff appearances, including two runs at the state championship in 1984 and 1987. Cody retired with 808 wins overall and 710 at CHS.
Cain, a CHS graduate, remembered Cody as a role model and influence on all students, athletes and non-athletes.
Cody and Councilman John Warren both laughed as Warren recalled how his sons liked to give Cody a hard time during their time at CHS.
Cody, who accepted the proclamation with his wife, Carolyn Cody, deflected the honor of his accomplishments to others.
“These things don’t happen all alone,” Cody said. “Every time I start to feel good about myself I remember [author] Alex Haley, who had a picture of a turtle on a fence post in his office. You just have to look at it and know that turtle didn’t get up there by itself, and I had a great family, great players, assistant coaches, administration and teachers along the way.”
Cody Day and the gym dedication mark the latest honors to come Cody’s way. He was inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and the athletic hall of fame at Brewer High School, his alma mater, in September.