Erie has another coaching vacancy.
Mere weeks after hiring Chris Summers as the new football coach and Shane Smith to guide the Tigers’ soon-to-come soccer teams, Erie athletic director Richie Wildenhaus now will be seeking a new girls basketball coach.
After three seasons, Noel Potter will not be back.
“He gave us his resignation and we accepted it,” Wildenhaus said. “We’re posting the job and we’ll get right to the process of hiring a new coach.”
Wildenhaus said he hopes to hire a replacement “sooner than later” and is targeting early May. Erie will accept resumes for about 10 days then start the interview process.
Potter compiled a 39-35 record with the Tigers and qualified for the Class 4A postseason in each of his three seasons. This season, Erie (13-12) won a playoff game at Greeley Central before being ousted by eventual champion Mesa Ridge (28-0).
Potter was responsible for getting Erie’s feeder teams rolling and said he will not immediately seek a new head-coaching position.
“Every year they got better, and I was very proud of them for that,” Potter said. “We really got our feeder program going. At one point we had 50 girls, enough for five teams.
“I don’t know how many coaches are dumb enough to do that besides me,” he added with a laugh, “but there’s not many. The hardest part will be telling the feeder coaches.”
Standout players during Potter’s tenure included Amanda Ochoa (playing softball at Florida State College at Jacksonville) and Serena Gudino, who will play at Regis University next season.
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