Clyde Cooper was born on October 10th, 1924. He played basketball for four seasons from 1941-1944 scoring 523 points. He played for the 1944 Brooksville Polar Bears that were undefeated at 22-0 in the regular season and were ranked the #1 team in Kentucky. Brooksville finished their season at 27-1 when they were upset in second round of the State Tournament. Clyde won two District Championships in 1943 and 1944, and a Region Championship in 1944. He was named All-State Honorable Mention in 1944.

Cooper, and the entire 1944 starting five was offered a Scholarship to Kentucky by Adolph Rupp; he played for one semester. He played professional basketball for the Chicago Staggs Nashville Vols and Louisville. In 1950, he coached the YMCA team of Kankakee, Ill. to a national title. He was an assistant coach at Bracken and Campbell County, and was the head coach at Wolfe County. He is the only Bracken County basketball player to play on the professional level.

Clyde Cooper passed away on March 15th, 1995.