The 10-time All-Ireland-winning manager was joined on the Glasnevin campus by family, friends, county board officials and former team-mates as he was conferred with the “honoris causa” accolade, which is the highest credit the university can bestow on an individual.
Speaking at the event, Cody said a large part of his management is understanding and appreciating the respective work and study requirements of his players.
“You’ve got to respect their work situations and their student situations or whatever it is they do and realise players situations at all time have to be respected and there would times when you have to able to say to the players, ‘look after whatever has to be looked after.’ You can never demand more than they can give.”
Cody credited teaching with helping him to form a lot of his acumen on the training field and dressing room. “Essentially, they’re the same in lots of ways. I’m the principal of a school and it’s all about management and leadership as well. I’ve been coaching as long as I have been teaching.
“They work well together but not just me but for a lot of other people as well. The principles and the fundamentals are the same. You’re dealing with groups of people and individuals in the group as well. So many teachers are involved in coaching be it at their own school level, which is hugely important, juvenile level, club level and many of them go on to coach at adult level.”
Cody has previously received honorary doctorates from UCC (arts) and Action Coach (business coach). Chancellor of DCU, Dr Martin McAleese, presided over the ceremony yesterday, which also honoured Dr Pearse Lyons and Dr Margaret MacCurtain.