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Jim ’s Story

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Fifty years have passed since Jim Cotter's days as a scholar athlete at Boston College and BCHIGH, but his love and commitment to BC, BCHIGH and the mission of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits, is alive as he continues his vocation as a “man for others” at Boston College High School.

The Coach retired four years ago from Boston/> College/> High School/>/>. He began his career as a teacher-coach at BCHIGH on September 8, 1960. He was the head football coach for 41 seasons and probably the youngest head coach in Massachusetts/>/> history.

Coach was diagnosed with ALS in 2006 and his diagnosis has required him to call on all of those lessons he has learned and taught on the field to help him through this illness. Dad’s greatest frustration is that his hero, Lou Gehrig, suffered and died of this disease over fifty years ago, and while there are many clinical trials and new studies and information, the diagnosis is what it is and all we can do is educate, advocate and hope.

Bill Kemeza, the President of Boston College High School sent out an e-mail on October 25, 2006/>, to alumni, parents and friends, which was reprinted in the Globe and other papers and I would like to leave you with his words. “There are few people who do not know the legendary Jim Cotter. As teacher, counselor, athletic director, coach and friend to an unparalleled number of alumni, Jim's service to our school and its mission over five decades is beyond measure. Just last month, we dedicated the stadium field in his honor. Yesterday, Jim and his family received some difficult news with a diagnosis of ALS/>, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. His daughter Grace has said that he faces this disease as he has every challenge in his life: by being himself. The strength and resolve that are his trademarks will be among Jim's greatest resources going forward. Today, Jim is busy preparing for this year's Hall of Fame reception and stays active as my assistant for alumni affairs. In the coming days, I know that you will keep Jim and his family in your prayers. They have the full and continued support of our community.”

This webpage is intended to update you on the Coach and enable you to be in touch as often as you like. Coach, Agnes, Grace, Kelly, Mike and the Cotter family are grateful for your love, prayers, support and friendship!!