Coots was a member of one of Coach Gary Moore’s most competitive teams. He was a key member of the 1984 team that finished 2nd at the NJCAA National Championship.
During his freshman season, Coots finished 3rd at the Penn York Championship, 3rd at the Region III Championship, and 64th at the National Championship. The 1983 team finished 11th overall at the Nationals held in Hutchinson, KS.
During the 1984 season, Coots finished 7th at Regionals and 15th at Nationals as the team earned National runners-up honors. He finished the national championship course in Twins Falls, ID, with a time of 27:34.15. Following the season he was named the Alfred State College most valuable runner.
Coots also participated on the track and field team and the marathon team at Alfred State. On the track and field team he ran the steeplechase and the 5,000 m. He is currently 4th all-time at ASC in outdoor track history in the steeplechase with a time of 9:43.8.
After Alfred State College, Coots went on to Rochester Institute of Technology where he qualified and competed at the NCAA National Championship. Currently, he is the director of Engineering at Universal Instruments.