Newman honors the Potter family with court dedication

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Mark and Nanette Potter, center left, with daugther Chelsey and son Zechariah, right, and other family and friends at the dedication ceremony.

Mark and Nanette Potter, center left, with daugther Chelsey and son Zechariah, right, and other family and friends at the dedication ceremony.

The Newman University Athletics Department honored the service and support of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Potter and his family by naming the court inside Fugate Gymnasium “The Potter Family Court.” The formal dedication was made Feb. 2.

Potter is a 1986 Newman graduate who was on both the basketball and baseball teams during his time as a Jet. After serving in coaching positions at Cheney, Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Wichita South High Schools, Potter was asked to resurrect the men’s basketball program at Newman after an 11-year hiatus. He just completed his 15th season coaching the Jets.

Potter and his family – parents Richard and Pat, wife Nanette, son Zechariah and daughter and 2011 Newman graduate Chelsey – were honored for the strong support and generosity they’ve shown over the years. Mark Potter said he wants the name to symbolize the larger “family” of faculty, staff members and student-athletes of Newman University.

The gesture also raised money for athletics facilities and student scholarships. Donors who made a gift of $200 or more received a hand-sized replica of the court. Co-chairs of the project, Athletics Director Vic Trilli and NU Alumni Board President Tad Druart ’87, estimated a total of $40,000 will be raised. To donate, call the Athletics Office, 316-942-4291, ext. 2118 or email [email protected]

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