Lebo Names Potosnak As Assistant Coach

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Auburn, Ala.--Ken Potosnak, who has a reputation as a strong recruiter, has joined Jeff Lebo's staff as an assistant basketball coach at Auburn.

Potosnak, who is 42 years old, most recently coached at the University of South Carolina where he joined that staff in 2005 and was considered a key recruiter in the South Carolina signee classes that were rated in the Top 20 in some national rankings.

Potosnak tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that his primary responsibility for the Tigers will be recruiting.

Auburn has been short an assistant coach since John Cooper took over as head coach at Tennessee State University immediately after the 2008-2009 season. More than 100 candidates were interested in the vacancy.

"Coach Lebo and I go back a long ways actually," he says. "Where I met him initially was years ago growing up in Pennsylvania at the Five Star Basketball Camp. We were in high school during the same year there.

"Even more recently, when I was at The Citadel in South Carolina, Coach (Lebo) was an assistant at the University of South Carolina. As I moved up to Furman, Coach was at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Our teams have competed within the league here at Auburn and South Carolina as well as at Furman and UT-Chattanooga.

"Over the years I have gotten to know Jeff and I am really excited to have a chance to get to know him and his staff," Potosnak adds.

Potosnak says that bringing in talented players to the Auburn program is his top priority.

"I think certainly, first and foremost, recruiting is the lifeblood of any program and I know that Coach has certainly emphasized that in the interview process," the new Auburn assistant says. "With about 20 years of experience now, not only in the Southeast but growing up in the Northeast, I think in terms of the eastern United States I have some really, really strong ties and I think that will help us tremendously as we recruit to the university."

Before working at South Carolina, Potosnak was an assistant coach at Furman from 1997-2005 where he recruited All-Southern Conference players such as Brazilian Guilherme Da Luz, Frenchmen Karim Souchu and Malaye Ndoye from Senegal along with Robby Bostain from Lilburn, Ga., plus Southern Conference Freshman of the Year Quan Prowell from Columbus, Ga., who transferred to Auburn and became a starter for Lebo's Tigers.

Potosnak got his college coaching start as a graduate assistant Wake Forest from 1990-92.

"I have known Ken for a long time, and we are excited to have him join the Auburn Basketball family," Lebo says. "Ken's 20 years of Division I coaching along with his three years of SEC coaching experience will add tremendously to our staff.

"Ken has extensive recruiting contacts in the Southeast along with knowledge of the international recruiting landscape," Lebo adds.

A native of New Kensington, Pa., he was a four-year letterman in basketball in college at Randolph-Macon. He was a key player on nationally ranked teams his junior and senior seasons.

"I have always admired Coach Lebo's teams who we competed against both in the Southeastern Conference and the Southern Conference," Potosnak says. "The combination of the new $92 million Auburn basketball arena and practice facility, a 24-win season and Coach's longtime success both as a player and a head coach makes for a great opportunity to become a part of the program at this time."

As a senior guard in 1990, he was named Randolph-Macon's Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. He earned a master's degree at Wake Forest in 1992 and began coaching at The Citadel, where he spent five seasons before moving to Furman.

He has worked as a counselor at the Five-Star Basketball Camp and conducted clinics in China, Greece, Spain and Turkey.

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