Former UW Golfer Potter Returns As An Assistant Coach
July 3, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington Men's Golf Head Coach Matt Thurmond officially announced that Dan Potter will join his staff as an assistant coach. Potter was a Husky letter winner from 2000-04 and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2004.
"It's a thrill for me to get to come back and work for a program that I care so deeply about," Potter said. "When you look at the quality of the people involved in Husky Golf - past and present - from the coaching staff, the players, and the exceptional support network, it's no coincidence that this program has enjoyed such a consistent level of success.
"It's an honor to be a part of it."
He has been on staff since May and was with the team during the 2012 NCAA Championship in Los Angeles.
Potter brings a wealth of golf experience back to his alma mater. He was a member of three Husky squads that made it to the NCAA Championship, including the 2004 team that finished sixth - which at the time was the second-best place ever.
"The most important part of the success of our program is our ability to attract and recruit great people," Thurmond said. "Dan may be our most important recruit."
In four years at Washington, Potter competed in 39 tournaments, played 120 rounds and had a career scoring average of 74.21. He recorded three top-10 finishes, including a career best 8th at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate in 2004. Potter's career best round was a 64 at The Nelson, which he shot as a junior.
After earning a political science degree at Washington, Potter played professionally on several of the smaller tours and competed at the 2006 PGA Q-School Tournament. He spent part of 2006 as a volunteer assistant coach at UNLV for the women's golf team.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Potter spent six years working for Griffin Capital Securities in San Francisco. His most recent position with the company was Regional Vice President of Sales.
The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho native was a four-time all-Greater Spokane League team member during high school at Gonzaga Prep. He finished runner up to eventual Husky teammate Corey Prugh at the 1999 4A State Championship.
"I'm really excited to have someone with his range of experience and expertise combined with a deep love of our university and golf program. I'm really excited to work alongside him in serving our guys and our school," Thurmond said.