Coach Cottingham started as a Sports Performance Coach at Velocity Sports for 3 years before moving on to teaching and coaching football and basketball at West Oak Middle School near Clemson, SC. After leaving West Oak, he went on to Westside High School where he has been for 5 years serving as Director of Player Development and the outside linebackers coach. Coach Cottingham holds his CSCS through the NSCA, he is a certified specialist in speed and explosion with NASE and he is a level 1 USA weightlifting coach through USAW.