Lipscomb Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts surprised athletic department staff on Wednesday by announcing he was resigning effective May 31.
The announcement was made Wednesday during a lunch for the athletics department.
Potts said he has accepted the position of Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Potts served as Associate Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law prior to beginning his service at Lipscomb in January of 2000. Potts also earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Pepperdine.
“I lack the ability to adequately express my feelings regarding my time here with Lipscomb athletics,” said Dr. Potts. “I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to play a role in the development of the NCAA Division I athletics program here.
“I would like to thank former President Dr. Steve Flatt, former Executive Vice-President Dr. Carl McKelvey and current President, Dr. Randy Lowry, for giving me the chance to pursue my passions here at Lipscomb University. I also wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and genuine love to all of the athletics staff and coaches for their support and encouragement. My life has been enriched because of the relationships with such an extraordinary group of people and I will cherish those relationships forever.”
Potts took over as Lipscomb’s Director of Athletics as the school was making the transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division I. He successfully guided the athletics department through four years of NCAA Division I provisional membership. Lipscomb received active membership status in September 2003.
Potts also was responsible for effectively leading the institution through the 18-month NCAA Athletic Certification process that was completed in 2005.
In October 2001, Dr. Potts orchestrated Lipscomb’s acceptance as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Lipscomb’s teams started competing in the conference in the fall of 2003.
Under Dr. Potts’ guidance, the Lipscomb athletics program has quickly made an impact in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In the first year of Atlantic Sun competition the Lipscomb women’s basketball team tied for the regular season championship, won the conference tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The men’s basketball team tied for the regular season championship in 2006, but lost in the conference tournament finals to cross-town rival Belmont University. They participated in the National Invitational Postseason Tournament.
In 2007, the women’s volleyball team won the conference tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Lipscomb University served as the host school for the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. The school also hosted the 2008 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Basketball Championships, the first combined men’s and women’s basketball championships in conference history.
The multi-purpose, 5,000 seat, Allen Arena, which houses the Lipscomb University Athletics Department, was completed in October 2001.
VU ATHLETES HONORED: A total of 15 Vanderbilt student-athletes were named to the 2007-08 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll in an announcement made by the SEC today. Ross Neltner and Davis Nwankwo of men’s basketball, Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth of women’s basketball, Asheigh Beamer, Ashley Belden, Josie Earnest, Karen Grygiel, Tara Kane, Michelle Peloquin, and Kaitlin Reynolds of bowling; and Malissa Arnold, Shannon McConnaughey, Alexandra Walsh, and Suzanne Wetz of swimming and diving were the Commodore student-athletes named to the team.
A total of 367 student-athletes were named to the 2007-08 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll, Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.