The Ohio State men's golf team opens the 2013 spring season at the fifth-annual Big Ten Match Play Championship
2012 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional - Day Two Photos taken by Lon Horwedel
Ryan Potter was named assistant coach with the Ohio State men's golf team in August 2010. Potter came to the Buckeyes after two years as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi and a year as a volunteer coach at the University of Alabama. He is a second generation golf coach as the son of Alabama women's golf coach Mic Potter.
Ohio State has qualified for three NCAA Regionals in four seasons with Potter on staff, including a run to NCAA Championships match play portion in 2010-11 after finishing sixth in the 54-hole stroke play.
Potter aided Ohio State men's golf in earning an NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2013-14, given to programs scoring in the top-10 percent of the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). In addition, Buckeye student-athletes have picked up 24 Academic All-Big Ten honors In Potter's four seasons in Columbus.
The 2013-14 team finished on a hot streak, earning four consecutive top-5 showings to wrap up the regular season before qualifying for the NCAA Columbia Regional. Then-junior Boo Timko was placed on the All-Big Ten Second Team for the second straight season. Timko also picked up PING All-Region honors for consecutive years, joined by freshman Frederik Hammer in 2013-14 with the help of Potter.
The Buckeyes totaled seven top-5 finishes in 2012-13, including a first-place finish at the Windon Memorial (Sept. 23-24). Potter helped guide the squad to tie for fourth at the Big Ten Championship.
In his second year at Ohio State, Potter assisted the team to its second-straight national postseason bid as the squad earned a spot in the NCAA Central Regional field. The Buckeyes finished 12th in the tournament. Throughout the regular season, Ohio State captured a pair of tournamet titles (Marshall Invitational, Wildcat Invitational) and had two individual medalists in Alex Redfield and Matt Turner. During his first season with the Buckeyes, Potter helped guide the team to its best finish at the NCAA Championships in 13 seasons as the Scarlet and Gray finished sixth in stroke play to advance to the match play portion of the 2011 NCAA Championships. Ohio State captured two tournament titles during the regular season (Marshall Invitational, FAU Spring Break Championship) and finished fourth at the NCAA West Regional.
Potter joined Ole Miss in 2008 and helped the Rebels to NCAA Regional appearances both seasons. Among the golfers he coached was 2010 First Team All-American Jonathan Randolph, who also was a First Team All-SEC and two-time PING All-South Region selection.
Prior to his time at Ole Miss, Potter spent the 2007 season as a volunteer coach for the Crimson Tide men's program, which ended the year ranked second in the nation. He assisted in all practices, helped coordinate the Crimson Tide Open fundraising tournament, assisted with the golf camps and helped in preparation for official and unofficial recruiting visits.
From June 2006 until joining Ole Miss, Potter was the assistant director of the First Tee of Tuscaloosa where he organized and set up practices for the youth program. He created and organized lesson plans for the Life Skills sessions of the program and ran practices and tournaments. In addition he put together and managed the Bridge Builders Tournament and the Benefit Tournament, which provides funds for the First Tee Program.
Potter, who interned at the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), has been a golf camp instructor/counselor since 2005 for various camps, including the Mic Potter Golf Schools in Greenville, S.C., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. He also trained Special Olympians for the 2007 State Special Olympic Games in Alabama.
A four-year letterwinner at Furman University, Potter graduated with a degree in history and received his masters in sports management from Alabama in May 2008.
Potter and his wife, Sarah, reside in Columbus.
Buckeyes Bound for Big Ten Championships