The UBCO men’s basketball program has hired Clayton Pottinger as its new head coach.
Pottinger, who comes to Kelowna after spending the last eight years at Red Deer College, will officially take the reins on May 15 but is already in transition mode and will attend UBCO’s annual athletic scholarship breakfast next Friday. Pottinger replaces Ken Olynyk, who served as the team’s interim head coach this past season.
“We wouldn’t have attracted such a deep and incredible pool of candidates for this position without having benefited from the coaching leadership of Ken Olynyk and Thom Gillespie over the past season,” UBCO athletic director Tom Huisman said in a press release. “The job they did for us in this interim year was outstanding and demonstrated the potential of what we have here at UBCO, and contributed immensely to catching the eye and interest of so many high calibre coaches.”
Pottinger ran up an impressive 137-41 record during his eights years at Red Deer College, winning a pair of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conferences championships and earning three nationals berths.
“I have a great position here at Red Deer College—one I wouldn’t leave for just any opportunity,” Pottinger said. “But Kelowna is a city near and dear to us. We love it so much. We got married there, and we still have friends and family in the area. So when this opportunity came up, we jumped on it. My whole family is excited about it.”
Pottinger was the captain of the Alberta Golden Bears men’s team that won the school’s first USports championship in 1993-94.
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