Justin Potts, a 2000 Moravian graduate, enters his fourth season in 2018-19 after helping the Greyhounds to one of the largest turnarounds in the country in his first year as the team posted an 11-14 mark, a nine-game improvement. The turnaround continued in 2016-17 with a 19-9 record that included a berth in the Landmark Conference Championship game and a berth to the ECAC Division III Championship Tournament as he was selected as the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year. Last winter, Potts led the Hounds to a 20-8 record, the first 20-win season in program history, the first Landmark Conference Championship for the Greyhounds and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
His three seasons have seen Potts' coach three Landmark All-Conference First Team selections, two Landmark All-Conference Second Team honorees, a Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year, one ECAC Division III Metro All-Star, one D3hoops.com All-Region honoree and five members of the Landmark Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll.
Potts played for the Greyhounds from 1997 through 2000 before moving a few seats up the bench to serve as an assistant for Jim Walker, who retired after 35 seasons and 442 wins in Bethlehem. Potts was on Walker's staff for two seasons before heading to East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania to start the 2002-03 season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for head coach Jeff Wilson.
Potts has brought the running, pressing style to Moravian that helped lead ESU to the top of the PSAC and the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region.
Potts was the top assistant coach at ESU for 13 years and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2010. In his final six years on the staff, Potts helped guide the Warriors to four NCAA Tournament appearances, four PSAC East regular season titles and two PSAC tournament championships.
The Warriors qualified for the PSAC Tournament in nine of the last 10 years and reached six straight PSAC Final Four’s, the most in the conference since the mid-1990’s.
As recruiting coordinator, Potts helped recruit two PSAC East Freshman of the Year, two PSAC East Athletes of the Year and two All-America selections. The Warriors placed at least one player on the All-PSAC East team in all 13 seasons. He helped recruit the most successful class in school history, which finished with a 91-31 record in four years from 2011-15.
Potts helped lead the Warriors to historic heights during the 2013-14 season, with a record of 30-2, their second PSAC championship in three years and a spot in the Atlantic Region final (Sweet 16). The Warriors were ranked No. 2 in the final NABC DII poll of the regular season and led DII in turnover margin.
ESU won three straight outright PSAC East regular season titles from 2013-15, the division’s longest stretch of sustained success since the early 1980’s. The Warriors were 71-19 overall and 49-11 in PSAC games in Potts’ last three years at ESU while ranking second overall in DII in turnover margin.
During the 2009-10 season, Potts coached a total of 55 games while serving as the Interim Head Women's Basketball Coach at ESU in addition to his role as assistant men's coach. He was the recipient of the Winning Warrior Award for outstanding contributions to the ESU Athletic Department in 2010 after coaching both teams.
Potts was also the assistant director of ESU basketball camps and clinics, and he served as ESU's Spring Facilities Manager from 2004 until 2006.
Off the court, Potts received his Bachelors of Arts in English from Moravian in 2000, and he completed a Master's of Science in Exercise Science at East Stroudsburg in 2007.
Potts resides in Bethlehem with his wife Caroline, and their daughters Quinn and Kennedy.