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Men's Basketball - Sat, May 28, 2016
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ELGIN, Ill. – Judson University Athletics has announced that Head Men's Basketball coach Joel Cotton will be stepping down from his role effective July 1st in accordance with his recent hire as the new Athletic Director for Blackhawk Christian School in Forte Wayne, Indiana.


"I am very grateful for the past seven years that I have been a part of the Judson community," said Cotton.  "The decision to leave involved doing what was best for my whole family and I am excited about the new opportunity, while also finding it hard to leave the Judson community.  Judson has provided me with my first opportunities to be a collegiate head coach and athletic director and I look forward to continuing to build those skills in a new environment.  Finally, the foundation and culture of the men's basketball program is strong and I look forward to seeing our current players and recruits succeed under the guidance of a new leader."


In his seven years at Judson, Cotton has played many vital roles within the athletic department. Hired on as the assistant basketball coach in 2009, he was apart of the men's 2010 conference tournament championship team that went to the 2010 NAIA Div. II National Tournament. Cotton took over the head coaching spot in 2012 and his teams received back-to-back Champion of Character Team awards. The 2015-16 squad tied the best start to a season since the 1991-92 team with a 6-1 record.


In additional to his basketball responsibilities, Cotton was the head coach for the women's cross country and women's track & field teams from 2010-2013. With his extensive background in cross country and track & field, Cotton helped the young cross country program to the national spotlight with the programs first "receiving votes" NAIA national ranking in 2011. Nationally, Cotton coached a NAIA national qualifier in 2011, and the NCCAA national qualifying team in 2010.


Cotton helped bring women's track & field to Judson in 2010 and built a strong program during his three year stint. Cotton produced eight NCCAA All-Americans and 10 NCCAA national qualifiers during the outdoor track seasons.


Adding to his many roles within the department, Cotton also served as the Judson Athletic Director from 2013-2015 and resided as the co-associate Athletic Director for this past year.


Joel will be dearly missed by the staff he has served and the players he has coached in his time here at Judson," said Director of Athletics Chad Gassman. " We wish him all the best in his future endeavors at Blackhawk Christian School."