A member of the Marquette University family for 15 years, Steve Cottingham has played an intricate role in the development of the Intercollegiate Athletics program at the University.
Cottingham was named Director of Athletics on Feb. 21, 2008 after serving as the department's interim director since January 2007.
As Director of Athletics, Cottingham oversees Marquette's 14 intercollegiate sports and coaching staffs. He also supervises the management of the Intercollegiate Athletics team that handles the administrative functions of the department including fiscal operations, media relations, facilities, fundraising, ticket sales and marketing. He is also a member of the University Leadership Council.
During his tenure with the Golden Eagles, he has negotiated contracts of the MU coaching staff and helped complete the current deal with the Bradley Center (home of Marquette men's basketball). Cottingham's efforts in the University's move to the BIG EAST Conference were vital and helped elevate the program's profile on a national level. He is also a member of the Athletic Board.
The mission of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to strive for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and service to others in the Jesuit tradition. Marquette student-athletes, teams and coaches across the broad spectrum of the program continue to achieve academic, athletic, personal and professional prominence at the conference, regional and national levels.
"We are very proud of the way our coaches and student-athletes represent Marquette," Cottingham said. "Marquette hopes its students and alumni will `Be the Difference' in their communities and the world. Our student-athletes do that every day as students, competitors and leaders for others."
Previously, Cottingham served as Associate Senior Vice President. In that role, Cottingham was part of the University's administrative leadership team. He joined the Senior Vice President's office in 2003, after working the previous eight years as associate general counsel.
Cottingham joined the University's Office of the General Counsel in July 1995. Previously he was in private practice, specializing in corporate transactions, including the buying and selling of businesses, and securities law.
He earned his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison in 1983 and received his law degree from George Washington University in 1987.
A resident of Mequon, Cottingham and his wife, Lisa, have three children (Taira, 12; Josiah, 4 and Alyssa, 2).