Terry Cottingham ’73 Inducted 1994
Terry Cottingham, a prolific scorer in the early days of soccer at Gustavus is more than qualified to be the first soccer player to be inducted into the Gustavus Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Gustie soccer program was beginning its third season of competition in 1969, and its first season competing in the MIAC when Cottingham arrived in St. Peter. The Gusties went on to win the MIAC title in each of Cottingham's four seasons compiling a MIAC record of 29-1-4.
Terry was an aggressive forward with a nose for the net as he scored 70 goals and contributed 33 assists for a career total of 173 points (two points for a goal and one point for an assist), which is still the all-time school scoring mark. He was the third leading scorer in the nation in 1970 and finished among the top ten scorers in the nation his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was also named to the all-conference team in all four seasons and was elected captain of the squad three times.
After graduating with a degree in physical education and health, Terry started on a teaching career that has led him from Colac, Victoria, Australia, to Denver, Colorado, and Belcourt, North Dakota, before various stops in northern Minnesota. He is currently the principal at Stowe Elementary School in Duluth, Minnesota. This is his 27th year as a school principal. Terry and his wife Heidi (Lang '73) have a son, Ian.