Ted Cottrell

 


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Ted Cottrell

Basketball Trainer

www.universalbasketballtraining.com

Ted’s coaching career began as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Team at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.   He then became the Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Palmer High School in Palmer, MA.  After being a Varsity Head coach for five years, He decided to go back to the college ranks and accepted a position as the First Assistant Coach of the Men’s Team at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.   During the summer months, He coached in the Boston Professional Exposure League which developed professional basketball players from all over the world.   After coaching on the college level, he decided to go back to being a personal skill trainer.   As a trainer, he has had great success in helping players prepare for all levels of competition from teaching a beginner player to preparing a player to play over-seas and in the WNBA.

 Ted’s coaching style and skills are attributable to his combined experiences.  As a player, he experienced ten straight years of being on a championship team. Throughout High School and his College career, he has learned the steps to success.   As member of the 1990 Maryland 4A State Championship Team at Annapolis High School, Ted received both USA Today Honorable Mention All American and McDonald’s Honorable Mention All American and was invited to Nike ABCD All American Basketball Camp for the top 300 recruits in the country.

Following high school, he attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine where he was a part of an undefeated team which won the New England Prep School Championship.  Later he signed a letter of intent to play for Coach John Calipari at the University of Massachusetts.  Ted was part of the “Refuse to Lose” Era at UMASS and a part of five Atlantic 10 Championships, and five NCAA tournament appearances which culminated in a “Final Four” appearance in his senior year.   While at UMass, he received numerous awards but is most proud of being named the “Most Improved Player”.

After his college career, he went on to play in Austria and then returned to the United States to play for the Delaware Blue Bombers in Wilmington, Delaware for three seasons.

Throughout his coaching and professional playing career, he has always worked with youth outside of basketball.   Ted has over seventeen years of experience of working with children that are labeled as“at risk youth”.   I also have had the honor and pleasure to work as teacher for children who were diagnosed with autism and severe behavior disorder.

Working in these fields along with various trainings throughout his lifetime has made him a better coach, teacher and trainer.  Ted’s goal is to train athletes who have the desire to learn and to watch them grow as a student-athlete and become role models in their communities.