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Danville to honor Hall of Fame coach David “Stick” Cottrell Friday night

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Danville High School boys basketball coach David “Stick” Cottrell will be honored at a ceremony Friday at Danville High School between games of a Lincoln County-Danviille girls-boys doubleheader. The ceremony is expected to start around 7:40 p.m.

Cottrell was head coach at Danville for 15 years and led his teams to 18 tournament titles. He won the 12th Region title in 1968 with former Morehead State start Leonard Coulter and again a few years later. He also was the tennis coach and produced regional singles and doubles champion. In addition, he also coached golf and track for two years.

At Georgetown College, he earned 11 letters while participating in basketball, track and tennis. He was a four-year starter on the basketball team and four-time all-conference selection. Cottrell, a Georgetown native, helped Georgetown get into the NAIA National Tournament three times.

Cottrell won the conference high jump as a senior, where he earned the nickname “Stick” because of his tall, slender frame. He also played tennis for three seasons and won the KIAC doubles crown his senior season. Cottrell was  chosen as “Most Athletic Senior” by his peers and was awarded the Johnson Memorial Athletic Trophy based on athletic, scholarship and leadership abilities.  Cottrell served as president of the Kappa Alpha Order and “G” Club. He was also a member of the Round Table and Pan-Hellenic council.

After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy and twice was named to the “All Navy Basketball Team.” He worked as an assistant under Bob Davis at Georgetown College before coming to Danville and retiring in 1989 with a 348-150 career record.

He has been inducted into Hall of Fames at both Georgetown College and the Danville Schools.

He played golf and tennis and has been an elder at First Christian Church in Danville.

Cottrell has been a licensed real estate salesman/broker for over 30 years. He is a member of Coldwell Banker V.I.P. Realty’s Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Clubs.

“He was an extraordinary athlete and then an extraordinary coach,” current Danville boys coach Ed McKinney said. “I just don’t like he’s ever really received all the recognition that he should and we just wanted to take time to honor one of the coaching greats that Danville High School has ever had.”

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