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About Jim Cotter

Legendary and beloved BC HIGH football Coach Jim Cotter was diagnosed with ALS in October 2006. He chose to make his journey public to raise awareness for ALS. He also chose to share his life story in his book A True Man for Others: The Jim Cotter Story, described as an illustrated memoir that celebrates the career and life of this Boston College High School teacher, counselor and football coach. Co-authored by veteran sports writer Paul Kenney, the hardcover book features an extensive photo section that takes readers on a journey from the coach's childhood to diagnosis.

Some statistics in Coach Jim Cotter’s life are easy to cite, such as his 41 year tenure as head Coach and Athletic Director of the BC HIGH Eagles and his hall of fame record of 236-149-17 as coach of the Boston College High School football team. His athletic career at BC HIGH and Boston College are also legendary. He overcame bed-ridden from illness to play nose to nose against Frank Casey in the BC HIGH-Boston Latin game. The two went on to play football at Boston College;  Frank to captain in his senior year and Jim to play end and to kick the first point after at Alumni Stadium. Jim also played baseball for Boston College.  He shared his high school and college journey with his lifelong friend and golf-tournament chair Jack Deneen. If Coach were with us today, he would be the first to suggest, however, that his lasting impact was more difficult to quantify.

For those of us who knew and loved him, his legacy will be his strength and resolve. He loved his family, friends, players, coaches, students, counselees, colleagues, faith and hometown of Savin Hill. His greatest love of his life was Boston College High School.  He died on July 20, 2010, just two months shy of his 50 year career anniversary at BC HIGH.

The recent ALS Bucket Challenge has raised millions for the ALS Association. We are grateful for the attention to ALS research and the disease. The proceeds from Coach Jim Cotter's s Golf Tournament will support Compassionate Care ALS. The Cotter family and Coach could not have managed this journey without the care, support, equipment and companionship of CCALS. Compassionate Care ALS supports the ALS patient and the ALS family of caregivers. Until we find a cure, patients, families and caregivers will continue to need support and equipment to navigate the journey. There are few constants in this disease; Compassionate Care ALS is the constant for patients and families.

On behalf of the Golf Committee and the Cotter family, thank you for honoring Coach with your participation and generous support. It has been seventy-five years since Coach’s hero Lou Gehrig died of ALS; let’s work together to help find some answers and some resolve.

Agnes, Grace, Kelly and Mike Cotter


Who does the tourney benefit?

Without the assistance of the great people at CCALS & The Angel Fund, the Cotter family could not have had the positive experience that this horrible disease denies many others. Learn more about CCALS & the Angel Fund here.

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