STEM + SPORTS
Michael Cotton, Jr. A former student/athlete himself, Michael started his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma where he competed on the basketball team and studied in the zoology curriculum. After completing his sophomore year, he transferred to Boston College and earned a degree in Biopsychology (Pre-med) and spent two years as captain of the basketball team. A life-long learner, over 20 years after earning his bachelor’s degree he enrolled into Howard University’s School of Business and earned an MBA in 2022.
Michael is married to his high school sweetheart, and has three children. He has two high school aged sons and a daughter that is studying to be a biomedical engineer at Harvard University.
A veteran coach with experiences at multiple levels of basketball, Cotton has spent over two decades teaching life skills through the sport of basketball to student/athletes at the middle school, high school, grass roots and collegiate levels. He’s had the privilege of working with student/athletes that have gone on to careers as professional athletes, but he is equally proud of the ones that have gone on to become engineers, teachers, business professionals, lawyers, coaches, husbands, fathers, pastors and upstanding members of their communities. Before becoming involved with collegiate coaching, Michael was a teacher. He has experience teaching both math (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus) and science (Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science) at the middle and high school levels. Cotton spent time working as a Quality Control Microbiologist for a pharmaceutical company prior to becoming an educator.
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