Chris Potter enters his 17th season at the helm of the Wesleyan men’s ice hockey program in 2019-20, on the heels of his most successful season. Last year, the Cardinals broke the NESCAC record for longest unbeaten streak (13-0-2) and tallied a program-best 16 wins, while earning their highest seeding in the NESCAC Tournament (second). The team also grabbed national attention, ranking as high as No. 10 for several weeks. Two players earned All-American honors last year, while Tim Sestak ’20 was tabbed NESCAC Player of the Year.
During his tenure, he has coached three All-Americans (Keith Bruehler in 2013, and Walker Harris and Tim Sestak in 2019), has been tabbed NESCAC Coach of the Year three times (2004, 2007 & 2019) and was named NEHWA Coach of the Year in 2019. Under his guidance, the Cardinals have qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for three-straight seasons recently (2016-19) and 11 overall.
Prior to his time at Wesleyan, Potter was an assistant ice hockey coach and recruiting coordinator at Brown University from 1998-2003. He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater from 1996-98. For three years following his graduation, he was a member of the Roanoke Express in the Southern Division of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Roanoke was affiliated with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL during his playing days.
Potter graduated from the University of Connecticut (UCONN), before earning a master’s degree from his alma mater in 2003. During his time at UConn, he was a four-year ice hockey letter winner, an All-American as a senior, and a two-time All-ECAC and All-New England selection. He has also been involved with USA Hockey, Team New England, since 1997 in various roles, including as an instructor, assistant coach and as a head coach in 2001-02.