Cooper, known affectionately as “Coop,” passed
away October 26, 2013, at his home from an apparent
heart attack. He was head coach from the D.C.
Divas first season in 2001 through 2008 and
quickly built the Divas into a national power
house. Coach Cooper’s overall record was 57-16,
and during that time had four consecutive undefeated
regular seasons. He led the team to an undefeated
national championship in 2006, two Eastern Conference
Championships, and five Division Championships.
He returned in 2011 as the defensive coordinator
and helped the team to another Division Championship.
Cooper’s legacy will also be the inspiration
and mentorship he provided to hundreds of women
who had their first chance to play football
in their lives. He had compassion for all his
players’ various situations and the patience
and knowledge of the game to teach players of
all levels. Coach Cooper’s ongoing leadership
and commitment was the very soul on which successful
teams are built. Women’s football has lost one
of its greatest coaches.
The funeral for Ezra Cooper
will be held on Monday, November 4th at the
Lomax AME Zion Church, 2704 S. 24th Road, Arlington,
VA. The Wake (visitation) will be from 9 to
11, with the service and burial immediately
following. A repast at the church will follow
In lieu of flowers please
make your contributions to the Cooper family
fund online at www.gofundme.com/50h7sg
or via mail to the Cooper Family Fund, 2100
N. Illinois St., Arlington, VA 22205. The Cooper
Family fund has been created to honor and support
the legacy of this outstanding father and coach.
The family appreciates all your support now
and in the future as they handle the financial
challenges of educating Coach Cooper’s two young
children Payton and Molly, while dealing with
the heavy costs that a loss of life can bring.