Familiar with Coach Odom's system as a former assistant at Wake Forest, Ken Potosnak joined the Carolina staff in June of 2005. Potosnak hit the ground running, helping the Gamecocks recruit one of its deepest classes in years. In fact, many considered USC's most recent recruiting classes one of the top 20 in the country.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, Potosnak was an assistant coach under then-head coach Larry Davis at Furman University for eight years. Under Davis, Furman enjoyed its best two seasons since the early 1990s. Furman was 17-12 in 2004, including an 8-8 mark in the Southern Conference (SoCon). A year later, FU was 16-13 overall and 9-7 in league play. It was the first time in 13 years Furman had a winning record in the league, including a late season victory over 2005 NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee-Chattanooga on the Mocs homecourt. In addition, Potosnak aided Furman's efforts in making the 2003 SoCon finals for the first time in 25 seasons. In the finals, the Paladins fell 64-59 to NCAA Tournament participant Davidson.
Potosnak played a major role in the Paladins rebuilding efforts, investing time and energy in every aspect of the program, including domestic and international recruiting. His numerous contacts and hard work aided the school's efforts in finding international talent who made major contributions to the program. Three of Potosnak's top international recruits, Brazilian guard Guilherme Da Luz, French forward Karim Souchu and Senegalese forward Malaye Ndoye, were All-SoCon performers during their outstanding careers.
Potosnak's domestic focus was primarily the Southeast, where Furman secured a pair of top-notch performers in Quan Prowell (Columbus, Georgia), the 2005 SoCon Freshman-of-the-Year and Robby Bostain (Lilburn, Ga.), the 2005 SoCon's top scoring freshman.
Prior to joining the Paladin staff, Potosnak served as an assistant at The Citadel (1992-97) for five seasons. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest in 1990, where he served alongside then-Wake Forest head coach Dave Odom. During his two-year stay in Winston-Salem, the Deacons made consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament with teams that featured future NBA stars Randolph Childress, Rodney Rogers, Chris King and Anthony Tucker. In addition to his work as a collegiate coach, Potosnak also has a wide resume of experience as a clinic and camp coach both domestically and internationally. Stateside, Potosnak has been a familiar face both as a player, counselor and coach at the Five-Star Basketball Camp where he initially met Coach Odom. His international clinic stops have included Spain, Greece, Turkey and China.
Potosnak is a 1990 graduate of Randolph- Macon College in Ashland, Va. Playing for the legendary Hal Nunnally at Randolph-Macon, Potosnak helped lead the Yellow Jackets to two 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.
A native of New Kensington, Pa., Potosnak later earned a master's degree from Wake Forest University in 1992.
Given Name: Kenneth John Potosnak
Born: September 14, 1967 in New Kensington, Pa.
High School Education: Valley HS (New Kensington)
College Education: Randolph-Macon, 1990 (four-year letterwinner);Master's, Wake Forest, 1992
Coaching Career: Graduate Assistant at Wake Forest, 1990-92; Assistant Coach at The Citadel, 1992-97; Assistant Coach at Furman University, 1997-2005; Assistant Coach at South Carolina, 2005-present