Jim Cotter (curler)

James H. Cotter[1][2] (born October 15, 1974 in Kamloops, British Columbia) is a Canadian curler from Vernon, British Columbia.

Jim Cotter
Born (1974-10-15) October 15, 1974
Team
Curling clubVernon CC,
Vernon, BC
SkipJim Cotter
ThirdSteve Laycock
SecondTyrel Griffith
LeadRick Sawatsky
Career
Brier appearances8 (2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Top CTRS ranking8th (2013–14 & 2016–17)
Grand Slam victories1 (2017 Elite 10)

Career

Cotter grew up in Kamloops, playing both curling and baseball as a youth. As a high school student, he won three provincial high school championships (1990, 1991, 1993). He won two provincial junior crowns, in 1990 and in 1995. At the 1990 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, he skipped the B.C. team to a 6-5 round robin record. This put them in a five-way tie for third place. They would be eliminated from the playoffs however, when they lost their first tie-breaker match to Nova Scotia's Brian Fowlie.[3] Five years later in his last year of eligibility, Cotter was back, skipping the B.C. team at the 1995 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. This time, he would finish with a better, 7-4 record, but it was only good enough for fourth place, and they missed the playoffs.[4]

After juniors, Cotter would team up with two-time world champion Pat Ryan. Cotter would throw fourth stones for the team, while Ryan called the shots. The team qualified for the 2005 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, where they went 5-4, missing the playoffs.

After playing with Ryan, Cotter joined up with Bob Ursel. Just like for the Ryan rink, Cotter would throw fourth stones, but let Ursel call the games. This rink won the provincial championship in 2008, qualifying them for the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier in Winnipeg. The team finished with a 7-4 round robin record, but lost to Ontario's Glenn Howard in the 3 vs. 4 playoff match.

Cotter would move up to the skip position for much of the 2010-11 season, while Ursel was nursing a knee injury. The team qualified for the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier without Ursel. They finished with a 4-7 record.

Ursel decided to not play for the following season, and Cotter took control as skip for the full season.

On May 1, 2013, Cotter announced that Olympic champion John Morris would join the team for the 2013–14 season.[5]

Cotter is currently the National Coach of South Korea's Olympic Curling Team.

Personal life

Cotter is a graduate of the University College of the Cariboo, and attended Norkam Secondary School in Kamloops. He is employed as health information systems programmer/analyst for Iatric Systems.[6] He is married to Bobbi Cotter and has three children.[7]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLeadEvents
1996–97Robert KuroyamaJim CotterKevin MilesNeal Dustin
1998–99Jim CotterRobert KuroyamaKevin MilesNeal Dustin
1999–00Cory HeggestadJim CotterAron HerrickTrevor Miyahara
2000–01Cory HeggestadJim CotterAron HerrickTrevor Miyahara
2004–05Jim Cotter (fourth)Pat Ryan (skip)Kevin MacKenzieRick Sawatsky2005 CC
2005–06Jim CotterKevin MacKenzieJeff RichardRick Sawatsky2006 CC
2007–08Jim Cotter (fourth)Bob Ursel (skip)Kevin FolkRick Sawatsky2008 Brier
2008–09Jim Cotter (fourth)Bob Ursel (skip)Kevin FolkRick Sawatsky2009 BC
2009–10Jim Cotter (fourth)Bob Ursel (skip)Kevin FolkRick Sawatsky2010 BC
2010–11Jim CotterKen MaskiewichKevin FolkRick Sawatsky2011 BC, Brier
2011–12Jim CotterKevin FolkTyrel GriffithRick Sawatsky2012 BC, Brier
2012–13Jim CotterJason GunnlaugsonTyrel GriffithRick Sawatsky2013 BC
2013–14Jim Cotter (fourth)John Morris (skip)Tyrel GriffithRick Sawatsky2013 RTTR, COCT,
2014 BC, Brier
2014–15Jim CotterRyan KuhnTyrel GriffithRick Sawatsky2014 CC, 2015 BC, Brier
2015–16 Jim Cotter Ryan Kuhn Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2016 BC, Brier
2016–17 Jim Cotter (fourth) John Morris (skip) Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2017 BC, Brier
2017–18Jim Cotter (fourth/skip)John Morris (skip)
Catlin Schneider
Catlin Schneider
Tyrel Griffith
Tyrel Griffith
Rick Sawatsky
2017 RTTR, COCT, 2018 BC
2018–19Jim CotterSteve LaycockTyrel GriffithRick Sawatsky2019 BC, Brier

Grand Slam record

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Masters DNP DNP Q DNP Q DNP Q Q F DNP Q F Q Q DNP
Tour Challenge N/A T2 QF Q DNP
The National DNP DNP DNP DNP Q Q Q DNP Q DNP DNP DNP QF Q DNP
Canadian Open DNP QF DNP Q Q QF Q Q QF Q QF Q SF DNP DNP
Elite 10 N/A DNP DNP C DNP DNP
Players' Championships Q Q DNP DNP DNP Q DNP DNP QF DNP DNP DNP Q DNP DNP
Champions Cup N/A DNP QF DNP SF

References

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