WINCHESTER, Va. - Today we catch up with baseball pitcher Nolan Potts.
Major(s): History and Secondary Education Double Major, Kinesiology Coaching Minor
Sport(s) Played: Baseball
Why did you choose Shenandoah? It gave me an opportunity to continue to play the sport I love for a very successful program while staying close to home.
Favorite Class and Professor: Principles and Philosophy of Coaching with Coach Anderson. Also any class that I've ever taken with Dr. Leonard or Dr. Wigley.
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? The camaraderie I have with my teammates, and the fact that our baseball program has been so successful. My teammates are like brothers to me and we have a lot of fun together off the field, but part of that is because we get the job done on the field. Everything is always better when you're winning, and I'm fortunate enough to be a part of a program that does a lot of that.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: Going out to eat with my teammates. Since I'm the local guy on the team, they always ask me where the best places to go are located in and around Winchester.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: It's hard to pick just one. The ODAC Tournament my junior year when Big Nol (Nolan Overby) hit a game-tying home run in the championship game against Bridgewater is something I won't forget. Another was when we were playing Greensboro my freshman year and we were up 6-5 in the 9th inning with the tying run on second base and nobody out, and Riegs (Matt Riegler) struck out the side to end the game. Also when we beat Penn State-Abington 32-8 my freshman year and scored 18 runs in the 3rd inning of that game. There are a lot of great memories from being a student-athlete at Shenandoah that I will remember for the rest of my life.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? It has meant a lot. I've grown up so much since I came to Shenandoah. I've experienced many ups and downs, and I've developed friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime. I've also learned so much about the game of baseball from Coach Anderson, and that will help me when I become a coach. Playing at Shenandoah has helped mold me into the person I am today and the person I will be going forward after I graduate, and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity that the university and Coach Anderson gave me to continue my baseball career.
Post-Graduate Plans: Finding a job as a History teacher at one of the high schools in the area or in Loudoun County. I also hope to land a coaching position at the school that hires me.
Nobody knows that I... played basketball my entire life before I got to Shenandoah and that I would like to coach basketball and baseball at the high school level.