Boise State men's golf hires Washington assistant Potter as head coach

Posted by Dave Southorn on July 8, 2014 

The Boise State men's golf team has a new head coach — Dan Potter. Potter comes from Washington, where he spent the past two seasons as an assistant. While with the Huskies, he has helped the team to finish in the top 16 nationally in 2013 and 2014. He also has overseen two players reach No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Potter is a native of Coeur d'Alene and played collegiately at Washington from 2000-04. After that, he played on small professional tours and volunteered with the UNLV women's team in 2006 before working in the private sector, which he left in 2012 to join the Washington staff.

“This is a really exciting day for Dan and Boise State," Washington head coach Matt Thurmond said in a statement. "We’ve been fortunate to have Dan in our program for several years as a player and coach, and we’ll really miss him. He is a great teammate and leader, and I loved working with him every day. He brings with him to Boise a great knowledge of golf and a unique feel for people, and I think the student-athletes and fans at Boise State will love Dan as much as we do. He will do great things to build the program there.”

Potter replaces Kevin Burton, who resigned in May after nine seasons.

Below is the full release from Boise State:

Boise State has hired Dan Potter as men’s golf head coach, Director of Athletics Mark Coyle announced Tuesday.

Potter joins the Broncos from Washington, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

“We conducted a national search, and are extremely pleased to bring a coach of this caliber to Boise State,” Coyle said. “Dan both played and coached for one of the top collegiate golf programs in the country, and his track record of recruiting and developing talent is phenomenal.”

In just two seasons with the Huskies, Potter helped coach two individuals to the No. 1 position in the World Amateur Golf Rankings – Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan. Williams, originally from Moscow, Idaho, earned the Ben Hogan Award in 2013, the most prestigious award in collegiate golf. He also received the McCormack Medal in 2012 as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Pan, a junior this past season with the Huskies, competed in the 2013 U.S. Open and has qualified for The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, July 17-20.

Potter helped lead Washington to top-16 finishes at the NCAA Championships in both 2013 and 2014. The Huskies also concluded the 2012-13 season ranked sixth-nationally in Golfstat, and 11th-nationally in 2013-14. Washington finished runner-up at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, and took third place at the league tournament in 2013.

“It’s a huge honor to have been selected by Mark Coyle, John Cunningham and the selection committee as the head men’s golf coach at Boise State,” Potter said. “There are a lot of quality people who are and have been associated with this program, and I’m humbled to inherit the platform they’ve established.

“Having grown up in Idaho and playing competitively throughout the northwest, I’ve always felt that Boise State had the ingredients to offer an amazing college golf experience. I’m excited to be a part of that now.”

In Potter’s two seasons with Washington, seven Huskies earned All-Pac-12 recognition, three were named All-America and one was named Academic All-American.

In 2013, Washington signed the nation’s eighth-best recruiting class, and in 2014, the Huskies signed two of the top three high school seniors in Washington and the top-ranked recruit in British Columbia.

Originally from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Potter played collegiate golf for Washington from 2000-04, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Matt Thurmond, Washington’s current men’s golf head coach, offered the following regarding Potter:

“This is a really exciting day for Dan and Boise State. We’ve been fortunate to have Dan in our program for several years as a player and coach, and we’ll really miss him. He is a great teammate and leader, and I loved working with him every day. He brings with him to Boise a great knowledge of golf and a unique feel for people, and I think the student-athletes and fans at Boise State will love Dan as much as we do. He will do great things to build the program there.”

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