Jeff Cody

When Cleburne hosts Joshua for District 14-5A basketball action Friday night, a special ceremony — the inaugural Jeff D. Cody Night — will take place recognizing and celebrating the legendary coach for whom Cleburne High School’s new arena is named.

The inaugural Jeff D. Cody Night will take place during Friday’s home basketball games in recognition and celebration of the legendary coach for whom Cleburne High School’s new arena is named.

Special remarks will take place at 7:30 p.m. following the Lady Jackets varsity game with Joshua, preceding tip-off of the boys’ varsity game.

“The Jeff D. Cody Arena has been the host to a multitude of activities since it opened in August,” Cleburne ISD Athletic Director Jeri Hall said. “But we wanted to have a special recognition night for coach Cody during basketball season. This will be a big game night as we host Joshua. We know there are a lot of former Jacket players who have been meaning to attend a game in the new Jeff D. Cody Arena, and this would be a great night for that.”

Cody led Cleburne’s boys basketball program to numerous district championships and playoff wins in his 36 years with the Jackets, which ended in May of 2008 with his retirement from CISD. 

His record in Cleburne includes 25 playoff appearances, six regional tournaments, a state semifinalist title in 1984, and state 4A runner-up in 1987. Cody was inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Cody, who still lives in Cleburne and remains active in the community, was honored in December of 2012 when the Cleburne High School gymnasium was named in his honor, following a unanimous decision by the CISD Board of Trustees.

With the inclusion of an arena in the construction of the new Cleburne High School, Cody’s name has been transferred to the 38,000-square-foot event center that seats 2,700. 

Grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the high school’s new facilities, including the Jeff D. Cody Arena and the renovated former campus, will take place prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Team photos and memorabilia from Cody’s years with the Jackets will be displayed in the concourse area of the Arena during Friday’s celebration.

“This is a special night for Jackets basketball, past and present,” Hall said. “Coach Cody has been a regular since we opened ‘his’ Arena, and it has meant a lot to our volleyball players — and now our girls and boys basketball teams — to have him in attendance at many of their home games. He is a true coaching legend and we are so excited to establish an annual recognition night in his honor.”

The Jackets tipped off District 14-5A play while the Lady Jackets played their third district game Tuesday night at Midlothian (results not available by press time).

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