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Bill Kotterman

2012 WSHF inductee



            Bill Kotterman, as a 1977 graduate of Riverdale High School, was a leader of the high school basketball team that had a three-year record of 56-14, won three district titles and was a regional runner-up.
            He had 653 rebounds for his high school varsity career and 875 points. As a starter for the freshman team, he led the Falcons to a 12-0 North Central Conference record. He became a varsity starter the next year for a team that went 18-6 and reached the regional finals. During his junior year, Riverdale went 20-3 and reached the regional semifinals, while in his senior season, the Falcons went 18-5, again reaching the regional semifinals.

His career basketball accolades included first-team All-NCC, first-team all-county, honorable mention All-Northwest Ohio, honorable mention All-Ohio and high school All-American as a senior, first-team all-county and second-team All-NCC as a junior and honorable mention all-county as a senior.
            Kotterman also played on a North Central Conference champion golf team and was the NCC discus champion in 1977. He earned varsity letters in baseball as a sophomore and in track as a junior and senior. He was named the track team MVP as a senior.
            He went on to become a four-year varsity starter for the Findlay College basketball team under coach Dr. James Houdeshell, graduating in 1981. He ranks 25th in Oilers’ history with 1,303 career points and won first-team Hoosier Buckeye Conference and NAIA District 22 honors three times each. Kotterman went on to play professional basketball in Iceland from 1982-83 and has served as a basketball coach at Riverdale.

            Kotterman now resides in rural Wharton.