June 9, 2009
AUBURN - Former South Carolina assistant Ken Potosnak has been named an assistant basketball coach at Auburn University, head coach Jeff Lebo announced Tuesday.
Potosnak spent three years under coach Dave Odom at South Carolina from 2005-08 where he helped recruit one of the top 20 classes in the country featuring future All-SEC first team selection Devan Downey.
"I have known Ken for a long time, and we are excited to have him join the Auburn Basketball family." said Lebo. "Ken's 20 years of Div. I coaching along with his three years of SEC coaching experience will add tremendously to our staff."
"Ken has extensive recruiting contacts in the Southeast along with knowledge of the international recruiting landscape."
Prior to South Carolina, Potosnak was an assistant coach at Furman for eight years from 1997-2005 where he recruited future Auburn star Quan Prowell, who was the 2005 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year at Furman.
Not only has Potosnak had success recruiting in the Southeast, he has concentrated efforts internationally where he recruited Brazilian guard Guilherme Da Luz, French forward Karim Souchu and Senegalese forward Malaye Ndoye, who were All-SoCon selections at Furman.
"I am extremely excited to join Coach Lebo, his staff and become a part of Auburn University," said Potosnak. "I have always admired Coach Lebo's teams who we competed against both in the Southeastern Conference and the Southern Conference. "
"The combination of the new $92 million Auburn basketball arena and practice facility, a 24-win season and Coach's longtime success both as a player and a head coach makes for a great opportunity to become a part of the program at this time."
Potosnak served as an assistant at The Citadel for five years from 1992-97 after beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest for two seasons from 1990-92. Wake Forest made consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament with teams that featured future NBA stars Randolph Childress, Rodney Rogers, Chris King and Anthony Tucker.
The New Kensington, Pa., native has experience as a clinic and camp coach both domestically and internationally. He has been a player, counselor and coach at the Five-Star Basketball Camp and has been to camps internationally in Spain, Greece, Turkey and China.
The 41-year-old Potosnak is a 1990 graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a pair of top 25 finishes in 1989 (No. 22) and 1990 (No. 14). As a senior guard in 1990, he was named Randolph-Macon*s Scholar Athlete of the Year. He earned a master*s degree from Wake Forest in 1992.