Furman grad joins the Buckeyes from Ole Miss, Alabama

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Potter has been hired as the assistant coach for the Ohio State men’s golf team, head coach Donnie Darr announced Thursday. Potter comes 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.

“I am excited to add Ryan to the Ohio State men’s golf staff,” Darr said. “He has a tremendous work ethic and brings a wealth of experience after learning under some great coaches, including his father Mic. Ryan is a great addition to our team.”

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.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Ohio State,” Potter said. “It is a great honor to be a part of an athletic department with such a rich tradition. Working with Donnie Darr is something that I look forward to. I cannot wait to get to know the team and I believe that we can achieve great success on and off the golf course at Ohio State.”

Prior to coming to 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.