Educated at the local national school in Kilkenny, Brian Cody later boarded at St. Kieran’s College. After completing his Leaving Certificate he attended St. Patrick’s College in Dublin where he qualified as a primary school teacher. He later worked as a teacher at St. Patrick’s De La Salle national school in Kilkenny, before serving as principal between 2009 and 2015.
Brian Cody made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of sixteen when he first linked up with the Kilkenny minor team. An All-Ireland-winning captain in this grade, he later won two All-Ireland medals with the under-21 team. Cody made his senior debut during the 1973 championship. He went on to play a key role for Kilkenny in attack and later defence during a hugely successful era, and won three All-Ireland medals, four Leinster medals and two National Hurling League medals. An All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions, Cody captained the team to All-Ireland victory in 1982.
As a member of the Leinster inter-provincial team, Cody won one Railway Cup medal as a non-playing substitute in 1977. Throughout his inter-county career he made 24 championship appearances. Cody retired from inter-county hurling during the 1986 championship.
After being involved in team management and coaching in all grades at club level with James Stephens, Cody was appointed manager of the Kilkenny senior team on 16 November 1998. He has since gone on to lead Kilkenny through a period of unprecedented provincial and national dominance, winning thirty-nine major honours. These include eleven All-Ireland Championships, including a record-equaling four-in-a-row between 2006 and 2009, fourteen Leinster Championships in seventeen seasons, eight National Leagues, including five league-championship doubles, and six Walsh Cups.
Cody is married to former Wexford camogie player Elsie Walsh, with whom he has two sons, Donnacha (born 1985) and Diarmuid (born 1994). Both Donnacha and Diarmuid Cody have represented Kilkenny in various grades.
Cody’s auto-biography Cody, co-written with GAA journalist Martin Breheny, was published on 28 September 2009. Cody retired from his job as a primary school principal in 2015.