Austin Gerard Coutinho, retired from Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. (RCF) as Senior Manager (CRM) in December 2014. A BSc (Statistics & Economics) and an LLB of Mumbai University, he also possesses post graduate diplomas in journalism and marketing and advertising, besides the associateship of the PR Foundation.
Coutinho was a Mumbai Ranji Trophy probable, as a fast bowler, in the 1980s. He was later Assistant Manager (Sports) of the company and manager-coach of the RCF cricket and football teams, mentoring some well known state and national level players in both games.
He has also held key posts in the Public Relations and HR functions during his 35-year tenure in RCF. Ex-president of the Mumbai District Football Association, he is also a former sub-committee member of Mumbai Cricket Association and a managing committee member of the Mumbai TT Association.
For his long years of service to sport and for his efficient organizing of district/state/national level events, he was nominated to the Maharashtra State Sports Committee for the term 2009-13.
Coutinho is a renowned sports caricaturist, sports writer and author of five books on sports. He has contributed cartoons and write-ups to some of the top newspapers, magazines and websites in India and has illustrated books by celebrated writers.
He has also written and designed ’50 Golden Harvests’, a coffee-table book commemorating the golden jubilee of RCF.