NEVADA UNION ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017: Chris Cota
When Chris Cota had the ball in his hands, the Miners were in good shape.
The 1982 Nevada Union graduate was a record-setting quarterback on the football team and the point guard on the Miners’ back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section championship basketball teams.
Some would say he was the catalyst for much of their success on the court and the gridiron. If you ask him, he was just one of many skilled athletes at Nevada Union at the time.
“I was very fortunate to be there with a very talented class.” Cota said. “We had a lot of great athletes and we were very successful.”
During Cota’s time at Nevada Union he led the football team to a league title in 1981 and earned a slew of individual accolades including All-League honors in 1980 and 1981, All-Metro honors in 1980 and 1981 and was named the Sierra Foothill league and Metro MVP in 1981. He was named to the All-State team and was an honorable mention All-American in 1981. He was also awarded the Jim Brown Award, which goes to Nevada Union football’s Most Valuable Player each season.
On the court, Cota helped the Miners reach three straight section title games and win two in his junior and senior seasons (1981, 1982). He was All-League both those seasons. During the 1982 championship run, he was named to the section tourney’s All-tourney team as well.
Cota was named Nevada Union’s Albert Ali Athlete of the Year in his senior year. He will be inducted into the Nevada Union Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday.
Cota said he cherishes those times on the basketball court and the football field and the time he spent with coaches like Kermit Young.
“Playing for Kermit Young was a great experience for me not only athletically but just in life in general,” Cota said. “He taught us a lot of things on and off the court. He taught us the little things make a big difference overall. He always stressed the importance of all the little aspects of things and fundamentals.”
After high school Cota played football briefly at UC Davis.
Cota said he added to his affinity for NU sports when he was an assistant coach for the football team while his son Kyle Cota played quarterback for the Miners.
Chris Cota is now a chiropractor and has a practice in Roseville.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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