Marquette athletic director Cottingham resigns
Marquette athletic director Steve Cottingham resigned Thursday,
parting ways with a program facing scrutiny for recent legal
Cottingham was named the school’s interim athletic director in
January 2007 and took the role on a permanent basis a year later.
He oversaw a tumultuous transition after men’s basketball coach Tom
Crean left for Indiana, and successor Buzz Williams has kept up the
program’s winning ways on the court.
But Marquette recently has been criticized for the way it
handled sexual assault allegations against unidentified
”Although recent events involving a few student-athletes have
certainly been a disappointment to me, I leave Marquette with
positive feelings and confidence in its future,” Cottingham wrote
in a letter to Marquette President Robert Wild.
Prosecutors decided in May not to charge the athletes involved
in the alleged assaults. District Attorney John Chisholm said at
the time that investigations into two separate alleged assaults
were impeded because Marquette’s public safety department didn’t
Instead, it advised students of options available, including
reporting the allegations to the police department.
Marquette’s Dean of Students, Dr. Stephanie Quade, said at the
time that the school was ”not proud” of the incidents or the way
they were handled. She said the school had changed protocol to
notify police immediately.
”We have had meetings with Marquette University and its public
safety department in order to ensure such a lapse between the
reporting of a crime and its investigation never occurs again,”
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn said in a statement at the
time. ”Marquette University has pledged to do better. We will hold
them to their word.”
Neither the school or law enforcement has identified the
Cottingham oversaw expansion of the school’s athletic programs,
including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse beginning in
2012, and a drive to boost Marquette’s athletic scholarship
He recently gave Williams a contract extension, fending off
interest from rival schools after the Golden Eagles’ surprise run
to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
Deputy athletic director Mike Broeker will be the acting
athletic director pending a permanent replacement.