Softball Coaching Staff
Steve Potts – Head Softball Coach (5th Year)
Going into his fifth season as Salem International University head coach, Steve Potts is rebuilding the Tigers into a competitive program.
Coach Potts, a 17 year veteran of the diamond, began his collegiate career as the Assistant Coach under then Head Coach Gerry Szabo for the Tiger program six years ago and has seen his share of ups and downs. In 2008, the Tigers finished fourth in the WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and had one of the best seasons since 1996. The team featured All-WVIAC pitcher Kyanna Cape.
“Kyanna was amazing out there on the mound,” said Potts. “She was one of those special players that you don’t come by often. Since then we’ve had our struggles, but right now I believe we are on the right track.”
Potts is a 1979 graduate of Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, WV (just 18 miles East of Salem). He is the proud father of four daughters; April, Alicia, Amy, and Alexis. Alicia Potts was a four-year athlete at Salem, playing Volleyball and Softball. Amy Potts (now Amy Toothman) is in her fourth year as a softball player at Salem International and youngest daughter Alexis is in her 2nd year on the SIU softball team. Coach Potts is proud to have the opportunity to coach his daughters.
“As a father, there’s nothing more rewarding than to see your children grow and develop as young adults. In my case I’ve been able to help them grow not only as young adults, but as softball players. I’m thankful every day for that opportunity.”
He, and his wife Marcy, still live in Bridgeport and are actively involved with the community. He spoke on what it means for him to live and coach so close to home.
“The people in West Virginia are brought up differently,” said Potts. “Family comes as our number one priority. That sense of pride in our family and in our community is engraved in us. I hope that I can instill that sense into my players.”