Former Southern Humboldt Athlete and Coach Dies in Car Accident
Gene Cotter, founder and owner of Basketball Jones Hoop Camps, former South Fork High School student (class of 1990) and well-known basketball coach died in a car accident a little before 9 p.m. last night.
Cotter was well known and beloved in the Southern Humboldt community. “It’s almost impossible to be a Southern Humboldt athlete without some Cotter influence,” wrote Ren Hollis, a South Fork graduate.
Cotter, age 44, according to an article in a newspaper from Hollister, the town he lived in, was entering onto Hwy 156 when the van he was driving was struck by a Chevy Silvarado.
A CHP spokesperson was not immediately available to talk about the incident but a San Benito Sheriff’s report mentions that more than one person was injured in the accident. An officer at the scene reports, “Upon providing medical attention to the victims, I was notified that one of the drivers in the accident was deceased.”
According to his basketball camp website, Cotter was
• Named to All-State team in High School
• Played at Holy Names University on a Basketball Scholarship
• AAU Coach
• High School Varsity Coach
• College Assistant Coach
• Personal Basketball Trainer
• Director of over 200 basketball camps
• Certified High School Official
• Starred in seven DVD Basketball videos
Former South Fork High School basketball player Tara Puzin calls Cotter, “one of the most influential sports coaches I ever had… .” Puzin wrote, “He was my varsity basketball coach junior year of high school and even though I haven’t seen him for years, I will never forget the adventures we had that season and the difference he made in my life.”