Bob Potts named head coach for HS volleyball team
After taking the Carbon High Volleyball team into the championship game two years in a row, Carbon High Volleyball coach Cristin Johnson decided to step down.
As a mother with several young children, she decided that the demands of the volleyball program were taking away from the time she wanted to devote to her family. Johnson took over the reigns from Coach Bruce Bean two years ago.
During her tenure as a coach the Carbon High team went undefeated in region play both seasons and fell just short of the state title with a second place finish. She was named 3A coach of the year in her first season as head Coach.
Carbon High principal Greg Stanfield named Carbon High JV coach Bob Potts to take over.
Potts has been the JV coach for two seasons. He also helped as an assistant coach for the CEU volleyball team under Head Coach Brent Martindale for four years. Several years back he had a one year stint as the head volley ball coach for the Carbon High team.
Potts' full time job is as a systems administrator at CEU, he is also in his seventh year working with the club volleyball program.
Potts credits the existence of club volleyball in the area for helping with the success of the Carbon High volleyball team over the years.
"The girls who participate in club volleyball come to tryouts head and shoulders ahead of the ones who don't," he said.
Club volleyball is open to all girls in the area from ages 12 to 18, and runs from January through May on weekends. The team travels to seven different tournaments in the Salt Lake area, playing against girls from the entire state. Tournaments are divided up into age groups and the cost for each girl averages about $400 each. Club fund raisers help to keep the costs as low as possible, however, some clubs from other areas have fees as high as $4000 each.
Potts wants girls and their families to not let the cost keep the girls from participating. He has payment plans and will work with families to get any girl involved in club ball that wants to be.
His goals for the Carbon High team include winning in the region again this year. It is a new set of teams because Carbon is now in region 10 with Wasatch, Park City, American Leadership Academy (ALA) and Union. Wasatch has been the perennial powerhouse in the volleyball field.
He would like to make it the third straight season going undefeated through region play which he believes would be a great achievement.
Two years doing this is remarkable in itself. But he knows will have his hands full with only two varsity experienced players returning. His final goal is to place in the top five or better in the state tournament.
Potts is looking forward to working with the new region and developing new rivalries to push the team. The old region was always exciting as the talent and competition was fierce.
Potts is also encouraging the community to come and cheer on the team.
Volleyball has become the third most popular high school spectator sport behind football and basketball because it offers fast paced and easy to follow action making it enjoyable to watch.
Try-outs for the Carbon High Volleyball team will take place August 10 at 7:00 am at the old Carbon High gym. It is open to all high school girls. Potts wants to cut as few as he can as long as he has players willing to put in the time and commitment to play hard and practice hard.