Larry Cotlar, Longtime Voice Of Drake Basketball, Dies In Des Moines Floods

Larry Cotlar has passed away at age 66. Cotlar, who was a longtime sports radio personality and the voice of the Drake Bulldogs basketball team, was swept into a creek by floodwaters in Des Moines.

Shortly following his untimely death, Drake University sent out a statement issuing their condolences to his family.

“Our hearts go out to Larry’s family and friends, especially the thousands of Bulldog fans in Des Moines who have come to know Larry as the voice of their hometown team,” said Marty Martin, president of Drake University. “Larry’s enthusiasm and dedication brought so much joy to so many in our community and beyond. We are deeply grateful for his long, proud service.”

Cotlar had been the play-by-play announcer for the Drake University men’s basketball program since 2005, and was named the Iowa Sportscaster of the Year in 2007. He also called Drake football games since 2013.

“Larry was so committed to Drake Athletics,” said Brian Hardin, athletics director for Drake University, in a statement via KCCI. “We all had the utmost respect—not just for Larry’s talent, but for the kind of quality person and colleague he was. Larry was loyal, passionate and tireless. He touched the lives of so many, and leaves behind an incredible legacy here at Drake.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Cotlar’s family and friends during this difficult time.