Embracing the opportunity to return to the south, Jason Cottingham takes over as the new head coach of the Jacksonville University Men's Rowing team, as announced by Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert.
"I am excited to welcome Coach Jason Cottingham to the JU family. His knowledge and expertise of the sport will prove beneficial as we continue to advance the JU Men's Rowing program," said Ricker-Gilbert.
"I want to thank President Tim Cost, Dr. Donnie Horner, Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert, and all that were involved for giving me this opportunity," said Cottingham. "This community and the energy of it are what really drew me to JU."
Cottingham most recently served as the men's heavyweight assistant coach and director of operations at Syracuse University, where he helped lead the Orange to steady improvements at the IRA National Championship and EARC Sprints Championships all four years he was there.
He also helped lead teams that excelled in the classroom, coaching 71 ACC Honor Roll Honorees and boasted the highest team GPA of all the men's teams at Syracuse.
Prior to his time in upstate New York, Cottingham was an assistant for successful teams at Dartmouth College and the University of Alabama, the latter of which he served as both an assistant coach and the interim head coach before heading to Dartmouth.
He has also gained experience at the national level, working with the US Under-23 National Team back in 2013.
Cottingham earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Alabama.
"Being supported by our outstanding coaches and administrators along with first class rowing facilities and a phenomenal body of water will make JU a joy to coach," said Cottingham. "I couldn't be more thrilled and eager to get started working with our exceptional student-athletes as we strive for excellence."
"In working directly with our Director of Rowing and Head Women's Rowing Coach, Mike Lane, I believe that Coach Cottingham will further enhance not only the vision for our rowing programs, but also the overall mission of the University," said Ricker-Gilbert.