Chris Potter, a former assistant at Brown and Connecticut, has been named to replace Buddy Powers as head coach at Wesleyan. The deal is on a one-year interim basis, pending a more exhaustive coaching search next offseason.
Powers, originally named in May, had stepped down without yet coaching a game this year due to family reasons.
Potter, 32, assisted at Brown from 1998 to 2003 following two seasons in the same position at Connecticut. He was the top assistant coach at both schools. He resigned from the Brown coaching staff in early September.
Potter is a 1993 graduate of UConn where, as a defenseman, he was an All-American, a two-time ECAC All-Star first team selection, and All-New England.
After graduating from UConn, Potter spent three years in the East Coast Hockey League playing for the Roanoke Express and attended training camp with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL as a free agent in 1993.
Potter also received a master’s degree in sport management at UConn in 1998 while serving as an assistant coach there.
Besides his college experience, Potter was also the associate coach and evaluator for the USA Hockey Region 16 & 17 camps in Fort Bragg, N.C. His duties included selecting the players that would attend national camps in St. Cloud, Minn. and Lake Placid, N.Y. Potter also has served as the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey Camps in Washington, D.C. and has been a head coach at Elite Hockey Camps in Andover, Mass. and Connecticut Hockey Skills in West Haven, Conn.
Yale assistant Bruce Wolanin and former Union assistant Andrew Will have been reported as other finalists for the Wesleyan job.