Jim Cotter (curler)

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Jim Cotter
Born (1974-10-15) October 15, 1974 (age 46)
Team
Curling clubVernon CC,
Vernon, BC
SkipSteve Laycock
FourthJim Cotter
SecondAndrew Nerpin
LeadRick Sawatsky
AlternateTyler Tardi
Career
Member Association British Columbia
Brier appearances10 (2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Top CTRS ranking8th (2013–14; 2016–17)
Grand Slam victories1 (2017 Elite 10)

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

Career[edit]

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 has not played competitively since), and Cotter took control as skip for the full 2011–12 season. Cotter once again skipped Team British Columbia at the Brier in 2012, leading the team to a 4–7 record.

On May 1, 2013, Cotter announced that Olympic champion John Morris would join the team for the 2013–14 season,[5] with Morris as skip, and Cotter throwing last stones. The team managed to win the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials, defeating Brad Jacobs in the final, qualifying the rink for the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. There, they went on a run, finishing with a 4–3 record, and qualifying for the playoffs. In the playoffs, they defeated 2010 Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin in the semifinal, facing them off against Team Jacobs once again, who had also qualified through the pre-trials. This time, they could not beat Jacobs, and Jacobs went on to win a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The team had success at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, finishing the round robin in a three-way tie for first place with a 9–2 record. In the playoffs, the team won the 1 vs. 2 game against Alberta, skipped by Kevin Koe. This put them in the final where they would play Koe again. They could not beat Koe a second time, and had to settle for second place.

In 2014, Morris left the team, and Cotter resumed skipping responsibilities. Cotter led British Columbia to a 5–6 record at the 2015 Brier and a 3–8 record at the 2016 Brier. In 2016, Morris re-joined the team as their import player, and once again skipped the rink, while Cotter threw fourth stones. The team made it to the 2017 Brier, where they finished with a 7–4 record, but this was not enough to make it to the playoffs. A week later, the team won the 2017 Elite 10 Grand Slam event, Cotter's only career Grand Slam championship to-date. The next season, Morris and Cotter switched positions, with Morris remaining as skip. The team was one of the two qualifiers out of the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials. This qualified the team to play in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, where they went 3–5. Morris left the team mid-season.

Cotter coached the South Korean mixed doubles team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[6]

In 2018, Saskatchewan native Steve Laycock joined the team at third, with Cotter skipping. The team represented B.C. at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier, where after going 4–3 in the preliminary round, the team lost all of their championship round games, settling for a 4–7 record (8th place). The next season, Laycock took over as skip, be remained at third. At the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier, the team went 2–5 in the preliminary round, and did not qualify for the championship round.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia, the 2021 provincial championship was cancelled. As the reigning provincial champions, Team Laycock was invited to represent British Columbia at the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier, which they accepted.[7] At the Brier, the team finished with a 3–5 record.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.[9] He is married to Bobbi Cotter and has three children.[10]

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead Events
1996–97 Robert Kuroyama Jim Cotter Kevin Miles Neal Dustin
1998–99 Jim Cotter Robert Kuroyama Kevin Miles Neal Dustin
1999–00 Cory Heggestad Jim Cotter Aron Herrick Trevor Miyahara
2000–01 Cory Heggestad Jim Cotter Aron Herrick Trevor Miyahara
2004–05 Jim Cotter (fourth) Pat Ryan (skip) Kevin MacKenzie Rick Sawatsky 2005 CC
2005–06 Jim Cotter Kevin MacKenzie Jeff Richard Rick Sawatsky 2006 CC
2007–08 Jim Cotter (fourth) Bob Ursel (skip) Kevin Folk Rick Sawatsky 2008 Brier
2008–09 Jim Cotter (fourth) Bob Ursel (skip) Kevin Folk Rick Sawatsky 2009 BC
2009–10 Jim Cotter (fourth) Bob Ursel (skip) Kevin Folk Rick Sawatsky 2010 BC
2010–11 Jim Cotter Ken Maskiewich Kevin Folk Rick Sawatsky 2011 BC, Brier
2011–12 Jim Cotter Kevin Folk Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2012 BC, Brier
2012–13 Jim Cotter Jason Gunnlaugson Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2013 BC
2013–14 Jim Cotter (fourth) John Morris (skip) Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2013 RTTR, COCT,
2014 BC, Brier
2014–15 Jim Cotter Ryan Kuhn Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2014 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
2017–18 Jim Cotter (fourth/skip) John Morris (skip)
Catlin Schneider
Catlin Schneider
Tyrel Griffith
Tyrel Griffith
Rick Sawatsky
2017 RTTR, COCT, 2018 BC
2018–19 Jim Cotter Steve Laycock Tyrel Griffith Rick Sawatsky 2019 BC, Brier
2019–20 Jim Cotter (fourth) Steve Laycock (skip) Andrew Nerpin Rick Sawatsky 2020 BC, Brier
2020–21 Jim Cotter Steve Laycock Andrew Nerpin Rick Sawatsky 2021 Brier

Grand Slam record[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ 2017 Brier Media Guide: Previous Rosters
  2. ^ http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/1972/teams/9253/team_athletes/9127
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-01-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://cdn.curling.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Juniors_Men_1995.pdf?e81271
  5. ^ "Field set for 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar Pre-Trials". Canadian Curling Association. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Cotter enjoys role as coach for Korea at Olympic Games". Independent Sports News. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  7. ^ "BC sending Brown, Laycock to Calgary bubble after cancelling playdowns". TSN. January 7, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "2021 Tim Hortons Brier: Scores, schedule, standings". Sportsnet. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  9. ^ 2019 Tim Hortons Brier Media Guide: Team British Columbia
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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