Matt Potter Named Head Soccer Coach
July 7, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State Director of Athletics Jim Sterk named Cougar assistant Matt Potter as head soccer coach, Monday. Potter replaces Dan Tobias, who accepted an offer at Arizona to become the Wildcats' new head coach, June 27.
'In his short tenure at WSU as an assistant coach, Matt Potter has established an outstanding reputation as both a coach and member of WSU's athletic staff,' Sterk said. 'Coach Potter is a teacher by trade, and it shows. His coaching style and experience has been embraced by our entire soccer squad. The team is very excited about the upcoming year under Matt's leadership. The future of WSU soccer is in very capable hands.'
Potter, a veteran coach with the Sereno Soccer Club in Arizona and former player with the Watford Football Club in England, joined the Washington State staff in February 2003 as an assistant.
'First and foremost, I would like to thank Mr. Jim Sterk and Washington State University for the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime goal of becoming the head coach of a successful women's soccer program,' Potter said. 'Coach Tobias has moved on to Arizona leaving the program in an outstanding state. I am truly grateful to Coach Tobias for bringing me to Washington State and for all he has taught me. I wish him nothing but the best with his new challenge in Arizona.'
Potter's 2003 Cougar squad will feature 21 returning letterwinners and nine returning starters from last season's NCAA Tournament team.
'I look forward to the challenges of continuing the great work of Coach Tobias and his staff in making the soccer program a great ambassador for the university, both on and off the field,' Potter said. 'Without question, the team and I look forward to next season's schedule and the continued development of the program in the Pac-10 Conference and in the postseason.'
A native of Mere, England, Potter spent the previous eight years as a full-time professional with the Sereno Soccer Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. He guided nine teams to state championships, with one regional runner-up, and three regional third place teams.
Prior to coming to the United States, Potter put together a distinguished playing career. He played with the Watford Football Club, was a member of a British Colleges national title team, and represented England at the Under-19 International level. Potter also worked as a community director with the Brentford Football Club in London.
In 1993, he took a position with Noga Soccer in New York and Arizona, coordinating clinics and camps, coaching, and establishing and developing curriculum. He also served as a guest lecturer at local schools, community centers, and clubs.
A USSF 'A' licensed coach, Potter headed the Kachina Country Day School Physical Education Department, was a member of the Arizona State Association coaching staff, and is currently a staff coach for the Region IV Olympic Development Program.
Potter spent the fall of 2002 as the head coach at Scottsdale Community College.
Potter attained an honors degree in Physical Education and Religious, Social and Moral Education from West London, and earned the Preliminary and Teaching Awards from the English Football Association.
Married to Olga, Potter has three stepdaughters, Marissa, Andrea, and Valerie, and a daughter, Cassidy.