|Graduation Year:||1971 (M.A.T.)|
S. Page Cotton ’71 MAT came to DePauw in the fall of 1969 after graduating from Springfield (Mass.) College in the spring. At 22, Cotton served as head coach of a three-year old program while the team’s first and only coach, Charlie Erdmann, was on sabbatical leave. What Cotton didn’t realize is that it would be the first of 39 seasons at the helm of the soccer program.
Over the course of 39 seasons, Cotton’s DePauw teams compiled a 390-190-33 record and he finished his career ranked ninth in victories among active NCAA Division III coaches. Cotton established a program that didn't suffer a losing season over his final 26 seasons at the helm. The Tigers made eight appearances in NCAA Division III Championship play and, during a stretch of nine seasons from 1989 through 1997, DePauw won all 54 regular season games in the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference. Cotton earned the league’s coach of the year honors each year. Prior to that, the Tigers also captured three titles in the Illinois-Indiana Collegiate Soccer Conference.
His coaching career wasn’t limited to just soccer as he also served seven years as the men’s tennis coach, three as the men’s basketball mentor and part of one for the women’s basketball program. He also was an assistant coach for men’s tennis and men’s basketball.
In 1996, Cotton replaced Ted Katula as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports and embarked on a 15-plus year career in which DePauw teams won 95 conference team championships including 76 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers won the SCAC President's Trophy (all-sports award) seven times in their 13 years in the conference including each of the last six. On the national level, DePauw placed in the top 40 of the Division III Directors' Cup standings nine times in his last 11 years with the highest finish of 13th coming in 2005-06. In each of his 15 years, the Tigers finished as the highest ranked Indiana Division III institution. During his tenure, DePauw hosted nearly 30 NCAA Division III Championship events including three national championships.
Cotton also guided the athletic department through two conference moves as DePauw left the ICAC in 1998 to join the SCAC and in 2011 the Tigers began play in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Athletic facility upgrades completed under his leadership included the Lilly Center fitness center expansion, the Blackstock Stadium renovations and the softball field construction, all in 1997, as well as the completion of the DePauw Indoor Tennis and Track Center in 2001.
A 2003 Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Cotton chaired the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships committee, served on the Division III Membership Committee and was a member of the National Business Travel Association’s Sports Travel Task Force.
Cotton also served as a professor of kinesiology and received the Medora C. Adams Distinguished Professor Award in April, 2004. Upon retiring as director of athletics in 2012, he took on a new role as Senior Adviser to President Brian W. Casey.
He and his wife, Narda, are the parents of Elizabeth and R. Page ‘05.