Steve Potts
Steve  Potts

Director of Athletics

Alma Mater:
Tennessee-Martin '79


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A long-time administrator and professor at Pepperdine and a former Director of Athletics at Lipscomb University, Dr. Steve Potts was elevated to the position of Director of Athletics at Pepperdine in January 2011.

Potts returned to Pepperdine in July 2008 as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics after serving as the Director of Athletics at Lipscomb University for 8 1/2 years.

Since becoming Director of Athletics, the Waves have won 28 conference regular-season or tournament titles (through the 2015-16 school year). Under his watch, Pepperdine added the sport of women's beach volleyball (and won two AVCA national championships).

Pepperdine earned the I-AAA Athletic Director's Association All-Sports Award (given to the top-performing non-football school in the country) in 2011-12 and finished in third place in 2014-15.

When Potts took over at Lipscomb in January 2000, the school was in the midst of making the transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division I. He successfully guided the athletics department through four years of NCAA Division I provisional membership, and Lipscomb received active membership status in September 2003. He also led the institution through the 18-month NCAA Athletic Certification process, which was completed in 2005.

Potts was responsible for Lipscomb joining the Atlantic Sun Conference, and several of its teams won conference championships over the years. In 2008, Lipscomb hosted the Atlantic Sun Conference Basketball Championships, the first combined men's and women's postseason tournament in conference history.

Several major improvements to the athletics facilities came under his watch, including the multi-purpose, 5,000-seat Allen Arena, which was completed in October 2001. The baseball and soccer complexes were improved and a new weight room and a softball field were also constructed.

Before his time at Lipscomb, Potts spent 17 years at Pepperdine. He began teaching in Pepperdine's law school in 1983 and from 1990-99 he served as the Associate Dean of Administration and an Assistant Professor of Law.

Potts is a native of Nashville and earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Tennessee-Martin in 1979. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Pepperdine in 1982.

He and his wife Jaimie (who earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from Pepperdine) have two sons, Tyler (a student at Pepperdine) and Tanner.

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