Mark Potter nets 300th victory


potter1Mark Potter and the Men’s Basketball Team he coaches brought plenty of excitement to Newman fans with an 86-84 victory over St. Mary’s University – the 300th win of Potter’s coaching career.

The Jan. 31 game was played before an enthusiastic crowd that filled Fugate Gymnasium. Fans set the tone during the pre-game by forming a human tunnel that the players ran through as they were announced, then cheered the Jets on to victory throughout the game.

potter-cheeringNewman trailed by four points at halftime, but came back for a strong second half and held off a St. Mary’s rally to win the game. Junior Reggie Baker led the Jets scoring with a game-high 34 points. He was followed by senior Jeremy Espinoza with 22.

“I feel very, very blessed,” Potter said following the win. “It’s been an incredible blessing today.”

Potter, a former Jets player who graduated in 1986, returned to Newman in 1998 to resurrect the men’s basketball program after an 11-year hiatus. In his second year back, he led the team to an undefeated conference championship, a National Tournament berth, and a ranking of 13th in the nation. Potter has led the Jets to other conference and national tournaments, and received many Coach of the Year awards.