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Andrew Cotner: Professional coach & former NYM LHP and Astros scout seeking overseas coaching career

Andrew Cotner is LHP out of Illinois State University who was drafted by the New York Mets in 1991 and remained within the organization until 1993 where he made it as high as A ball before a second surgery for a torn labrum ended his career early.

Andrew returned to college after his pro career to finish up his BA in Kinesiology before receiving his masters degree in Sports Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while doubling up as the graduate assistant coach with the University’s NCAA I baseball team.

From 2000-2002 Andrew signed on with the Houston Astros as a scouting supervisor for San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. He also held down a role in baseball operations with the Astros as well as implementing their first digital video coaching system.

After many years in the business world Andrew’s love for the game drew him back in 2015 but as an assistant coach for the Parkland College Cobras, a community college in his native Champaign, Illinois. In May of 2016 Andrew took on an additional coaching role an hour down the road from Champaign as the pitching coach for the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. He continues to coach for both the Cobras and the Cornbelters today.

Andrew on why he wants to take his career overseas:

“I think my background and unique experience could be an asset for an organization looking to develop a program and move baseball forward in a country where it’s still in it’s infancy. Many coaches just show up and go through the motions, but I am dedicated to player development. I am up to date on all of the modern training techniques and really like to roll up my sleeves and work with players. I could also be of service on the Player Procurement, Scouting and Business side. I think my service could be a benefit to an organization that is trying to develop players and build a strong, modern baseball culture.”

Andrew also started and managed 16-18U baseball club in Illinois and was the founder and manager of youth baseball training and development facility.

Any club seeking an experienced coach who also brings brings perspective to young players from a professional player and scout standpoint is encouraged to reach out to Andrew with any questions.


Date of birth: 09/06/1969

Birthplace / Current Residence: Champaign, Illinois

Passports held: USA

Education: Masters Degree in Sports Management (U of Illinois)

Hobbies and Interests: Surfing, snowboarding, golfing, fishing

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world. No children. 


Playing Career


1989-1990: Brevard College

1991: Illinois State University


1991-1993: New York Mets (Rk, A)

Coaching Career

Founder and Manager 16-18U baseball club, Illinois

Founder and Manager of youth baseball training and development facility

1996-1998: Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Illinois (NCAA Div. 1)

2015 – Present: Assistant Coach, Parkland College (NJCAA)

2016 – Present: Pitching Coach, Normal Cornbelters, Frontier League


Casey Dill – Palm Springs Power. Email:

Brooks Carey – Manager, Normal Cornbelters. Email:


If a club offered him a place to stay and a job, Andrew would be willing to pay his flights. He is available immediately and has no foreseen future obligations to return home. Single, no children.



Phone: +1 (619) 843-5516


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