Jim Otte, Sr.
Jim Otte, Sr.
Title: Sr.
Class Of: 2013
Sport(s) Played: Men's Basketball Coach, Baseball Coach

Jim Otte, Sr. was a fixture in the University System of Georgia for 34 years, including a nine-year tenure at North Georgia, before retiring in 1989 from Brunswick Junior College, now known as the College of Coastal Georgia. He was a veteran of the Navy Seals and Korea as well as a 47-year volunteer for the American Red Cross. Coach Otte came to North Georgia in 1957 as an assistant basketball coach and assistant baseball coach before taking over as the head baseball coach in 1959, a position he held until he accepted a job at Brunswick Junior College in 1967. During his nine years at the helm of the Cadets' baseball program, he never had a losing season despite never fielding a scholarship player. He coached the school's first All-American, 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Leon Ricketson, and was instrumental in keeping the baseball program going despite the school cutting other programs and also established several policies and procedures that are still in place to this day. He had a deep and lasting impact on the lives of his players, especially away from the baseball field, and helped many decide to stay in school. He was honored in 1997 as the American Red Cross Health and Safety Volunteer of the Year and his name still appears in nine American Red Cross textbooks. For his many years of service, he was named Affiliate Faculty Emeritus by the American Heart Association, its highest award.