Oct. 18, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
University of Alabama Gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson announced today that freshman Julie Cotter has decided to leave the program.
"Julie told us in the first few weeks of the semester that she wanted to return home to Pennsylvania," Patterson said. "As a coaching staff, we encouraged her to work through her challenges and give the transition period more time. After returning from the University's recent fall break, Julie decided to leave the program."
"While I fully believe Julie could have been successful here at the University, we are honoring her decision to explore other opportunities and wish her only the best," Patterson said. "The coaching staff has encouraged Julie to remain focused on her studies for the remainder of the semester to help her better prepare for her future."
Cotter, a native of Orefield, Penn., was a member of the Level 10 national team and earned silver in the all-around and vault and bronze on the uneven bars and floor exercise at the 2006 Level 10 National Championships.