Jason Potthoff Named Assistant Tennis Coach
COLUMBIA - Jason Potthoff has been named assistant tennis coach for the University of Missouri women's tennis program, as announced today by Head Coach Sasha Schmid.
Potthoff, a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University, has been a highly-regarded tennis instructor and coach at several stops since the mid 2000s, working most recently for more than three years (March 2008 to the present time) at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas, where he worked with nationally and internationally ranked junior players on a daily basis. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater (June 2005 to June 2007) and in between those jobs, he spent seven months on staff with the United States Professional Tennis Association.
Potthoff received his undergraduate and master's degrees both from Texas A&M, earning a business administration and marketing diploma in 2005, and he followed with a master's in sports management in 2007.
He becomes the first-ever full-time assistant coach for the Mizzou women's tennis program. Previously, all assistants working for the program have not been at a full-time level.
"I'm really excited to get this opportunity to come to Mizzou," said Potthoff. "The school has a great reputation for academics and athletics, and I'm really excited to team up with Sasha. There's going to be a lot of expectations because all of the other programs at Mizzou are doing so well. I think that Sasha and I are definitely ready to meet the Big 12 conference and the rest of the NCAA head on and turn the women's tennis program into perennial winners, just like all of the other programs here at Mizzou," Potthoff said.
"I'm thrilled with the hiring of Jason, we had some really great candidates but he stood out," Schmid said. "He's such a hard worker and I know he's thrilled to be at Missouri. The hiring of Jason is one more step that Missouri has taken to improve our program, with a full time assistant. We have a great rapport, and I think we're going to be a great team. We have the same goals to move this team forward, and we're excited to start working toward that," Schmid said.