Davis & Elkins College has named Chris Cottrell as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach for the Senators. Cottrell was formerly an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee last year.
Cottrell joins D&E with 10 years of experience in college coaching at the NCAA Division I and II levels and has spent the last five seasons assisting Coach Josh Schertz. At Lincoln Memorial University, Cottrell assisted Hertz in building one of the best basketball programs in the Southeast Region. Cottrell has been a part of four consecutive 20-win seasons and Lincoln Memorial has advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons.
"We were looking for a head coach with experience in developing a highly competitive basketball program with strong emphasis on high academic achievement. We found our man in Chris Cottrell and are delighted to welcome him to Davis & Elkins College," remarked President G.T. ‘Buck' Smith. "This dual focus on a competitive program and high academics is especially important as we prepare to compete against similar type institutions in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference."
During Cottrell's time at LMU the Railsplitters set numerous South Atlantic Conference and school records including: overall wins (27), single-season winning percentage (90%), consecutive wins (22), and consecutive conference wins (14). This past season LMU finished 25-6 and advanced to the South Atlantic Championship game and the Southeast Regional Semifinals.
Cottrell is working to complete this year's recruiting class and stated, "I am very excited to become a part of the Davis & Elkins College Family. I am extremely thankful to President Smith and Chancellor/President-Elect Mihalyo for the good faith and opportunity they are affording me. I am looking forward to working closely with Coach Palmer to build the men's basketball program for the future."
Prior to Lincoln Memorial, Cottrell served on the coaching staff at Division I High Point University starting as a student assistant coach before being promoted to the program's first ever Graduate Assistant Coach. While at High Point, Cottrell was also involved in setting the school's record for NCAA Division I wins in a single season, with 22 wins, a record that stills stands after the 2012-13 season.
Cottrell earned a degree in History, graduating in 2007 from High Point University. He completed his Master's Degree in Sport Management in 2009, also from High Point University.
Athletic Director Ronnie Palmer stated, "Chris comes from a program that has seen a resurgence the past five years and we are hoping his experiences will help ignite our men's basketball program. We are excited that Chris will be a part of our Senator Family."
Cottrell is excited about this opportunity and has several goals for the men's basketball program at D&E. "Davis & Elkins has a unique family atmosphere and I truly believe Davis & Elkins College is a special place. I am excited to begin promoting the vision and future of Senator Basketball. We will attract high-character, talented players. Our program will offer the Elkins community an exciting product. We will build a culture and a basketball family that Davis & Elkins College and the community of Elkins will embrace and be proud to call their own. I cannot wait to get started!"