Island Profile: Paul Cotter

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 5:00pm

Island resident Paul Cotter is being inducted into his high school’s Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame.

Cotter received a note from his alma mater, Norfolk County Agricultural High School, located in Walpole, Mass., that he would be elected to the hall on Nov. 16. Cotter said he plans on attending the ceremony.

“It was quite a pleasant surprise to hear from my high school peer, William “Red” Morse, now the President of NCAHS Alumni Association, who announced that I was being inducted in the Hall of Fame,” said Cotter, who graduated in 1981. “I am very honored and it has brought back many fond memories for me. I am very much looking forward to seeing many of my high school peers at the induction ceremony.”

Cotter added that “I owe so much to my coach, Bob Vichnick, who trained me throughout my high school career. I was very excited to hear that Norfolk has named their gymnasium in his honor. He was instrumental in my first success and that of many of my peers. He is truly deserving of this distinction.”

Cotter attended Norfolk for three years, grades 10 through 12. He ran cross-country and was on the basketball team. NCAHS competed in the Mayflower Athletic Conference, and according to a brief biography Cotter gave to the paper, during his “junior and senior years, he won every cross-country race of the Mayflower League meets.”

After graduating high school, Cotter attended Cornell University, and ran for its Division 1 team and was a member of the basketball team. After college, Cotter worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.