UW assistant Potter named head coach at Boise St.
University of Washington assistant coach Dan Potter has been named head coach at Boise State. Potter spent the past two seasons at Washington, where he played his college golf from 2000-2004.
Potter helped lead Washington to top-16 finishes at the NCAA Championships in each of the last two years. Washington finished runner-up at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships and placed third in 2013.
“We conducted a national search and are extremely pleased to bring a coach of this caliber to Boise State,” Boise State Director of Athletics Mark 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.”
Potter, who is from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, will take over a program that finished the season ranked No. 191 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin college team rankings.
“I can’t wait to get out and talk to junior golfers about Boise State for all the same reasons that I’ve chosen to go there,” Potter said. “Boise has a great golf climate, fantastic courses and a passionate fan base. It’s no surprise to see Boise State alums like Graeme DeLaet and Troy Merritt having huge success at the highest level.”
Potter becomes the third assistant under Thurmond to move onto a head coaching job. Jon Reehorn (Oregon State) and Garrett Clegg (Washington State) both served as assistants at Washington.
“I can’t thank Matt Thurmond enough for the opportunity to work with him and some incredible people at Washington,” Potter said. “I’ve been able to see how it’s done at a very high level and I’m excited to bring that type of energy and commitment to men’s golf to Boise State."
Thurmond recognizes Potter’s chance to lead a team of his own.
“This is a really exciting day for Dan and Boise State” Thurmond said. “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.”