Cordts died at his home in Madison under hospice care on Nov. 5, 2014. He was 79.
After graduating from Clark High School in 1953, Cordts attended Northern State University. There he played basketball and football for the Wolves. Cordts helped Northern to four SDIC basketball titles from 1954-57. He later went on to earn a Master’s Degree from South Dakota State University.
Cordts spent 42 years teaching and coaching at Wessington, Howard and Madison. During that time he guided many outstanding basketball, football and track teams. His basketball team at Howard in 1964 is remembered among the finest in Class B history. Cordts coached the Tigers to a perfect 28-0 record and they claimed the state championship.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame was chartered in 2009. Cordts was active from the start. He was instrumental in the planning and development of the organization and served capably as its first vice-president.