July 8, 2010

Penn State Abington Hires Potash As Head Men's Basketball Coach

Penn State Abington announced that Chris Potash has been hired as its next men’s basketball coach. Potash has been an assistant coach at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia since 2008.

Prior to coaching at USP, Potash served as the head boys’ basketball coach at several prominent New Jersey high schools, including The Peddie School and Robbinsville High School. He also served as an assistant coach at Drew University.  He was twice named New Jersey Prep Coach of the Year, and coached a future Big 5 and Ivy League Player of the Year, Ibrahim Jaaber, while at Peddie.

Actively involved in the Philadelphia and New Jersey camp and clinic circuit, Potash drew praise from the blog NorthStar Basketball in 2009: When you see how often Potash is on the road recruiting, it is hard to fathom that his job at DII University of the Sciences in Philly is merely a part-time gig. Potash is the former coach at both Princeton Day School—he coached Joey Gallo—and Peddie School (NJ), a big-time prep program. With his background in the New Jersey area, combined with the great job of recruiting that he is doing at USP, it might not be long before he lands a full-time job ….”

Director of Athletics Dr. Karen Weaver had this say about Potash’s hire: “Chris emerged as the leading candidate from a highly competitive pool of nearly 100 applications. He brings the right blend of coaching success, recruiting acumen and work ethic to our program. We are pleased to have him join our growing athletics program.”

Potash earned his bachelor’s from York College (PA) and his master’s from The College of New Jersey.  Potash replaces Jason Curbison, who departed in late May.

Penn State Abington begins its second year of NCAA Division III provisional status in 2010-2011. The Nittany Lions are members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference and the ECAC.