David Poteet has been named head coach of the Kennesaw State cross country program, announced on Tuesday, Aug. 17 by Andy Eggerth - Director of Track & Field and Cross Country.
"I'm excited to announce the addition of David Poteet as our Cross Country and distance coach," Eggerth said. "He understands career periodization for athletes and brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the role, coupled with a humility and desire to continue learning. I believe that David will be able to connect well with our student-athletes and motivate them to fulfill their potential. Being local, I anticipate we'll have stability for our distance athletes and the recruiting benefit of the many Georgia coaches he knows."
Poteet comes to Kennesaw State after spending one year at Kell High School as the assistant cross country and track and field middle distance/distance coach.
"30 years ago, I was the first combined track/cross country coach at what was then Kennesaw College," Poteet said. "To be back here and see the exciting, positive changes that have taken place at Kennesaw State University and the Department of Athletics is more than I could have ever hoped."
At Kell, Poteet led several athletes to claim prestigious awards including five gold medals and three silver medals at the GHSA Georgia Olympics and two first-place finishes in the 1600m and 3200m at the GHSA Georgia Olympics in the AAAAA classification. Under the helm of Poteet at Kell, runners saw record-breaking performances as Logan Poteet became t only the sixth Georgia high school runner to ever break the nine minute mark in the 3200m (8:57.5) He also helped the Kell runners break six school records and two cross country individual championships.
Prior to working at Kell, Poteet was the founder of the Bobby Dickrerson Youth Runners, where he was a coach from 2005-14.
In addition, Poteet was the head coach of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Kennesaw College from 1984-86 – which is now known as Kennesaw State University. In 1986, he was named NAIA District 25 Male Coach of the Year after leading the men's cross country team to a District 25 Conference Championship, which was the first team championship for any Kennesaw team.
Poteet graduated from Berry College with a degree in Speech and English and a journalism minor. He ran for the track team while at Berry where he won two NAIA District 25 Championships in the 400m and one in the 200m.