Cotchery played at Carver High School, which won back-to-back AHSAA championships. He went on to play for the Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama) and was named Gulf-South Conference player of the year in 1982. He was selected to the All-Gulf South Conference Team and to the NCAA Division II All-American 2nd team. Cotchery was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 9th round of the 1983 NBA draft and ended up playing professionally in Lima, Ohio's Continental Basketball Association team. He was inducted into the University of West Alabama Hall of Fame in 1992.
Cotchery spent two years at West Alabama as a graduate assistant coach. He then spent four years as an assistant at Jackson State University, and as an assistant and recruiting coordinator for Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He came to Miles College in 2007 as an assistant.
- "Miles College releases head men's basketball coach." (February 1, 2010) Miles College press release
- Birdson, Nick (March 20, 2014) "Miles College fires men's basketball coach Will Cotchery." The Birmingham News