Steve Potts is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Salem International softball program.
Potts has turned the Tiger softball program from a team that won just one game in 2009, into a competitor within the Great Midwest Athletic conference.
The Tigers have posted a total of 51 victories in the past three seasons (2012-14), the most wins during any three-year stretch in program history. The run began with a 21-win campaign in 2012--a tie for the most wins in a single season in the history of SIU softball. The Tigers won 13 games in 2013 and finished with 17 victories in 2014.
Potts is an 18-year veteran of the diamond. In 2008, the Tigers finished fourth in the WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and had one of the best seasons since 1996.
Potts has lived in North Central West Virginia all of his life; he graduated from Bridgeport High School and also Salem International University. Potts still resides in Bridgeport with his wife Marcy. Steve and Marcy are the proud parents of April, Alicia, Amy and Alexis. Alicia, Amy and Alexis all played softball at Hope Field for their father while earning degrees from SIU. Amy (now Amy Toothman) has followed in her father’s coaching footsteps, and is currently the head coach of the South Harrison High School volleyball team.
Potts credits his upbringing in the state of West Virginia for his loyalty to the area.
"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."