Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Rodney Potter is hoping to pump some new life into the Mill Creek wrestling program.
After spending the last two seasons as an assistant at North Gwinnett, Potter will take over as head coach for the Hawks. He will replace Dave Landis, who has been the program's only wrestling coach since the school opened in 2004. Landis is expected to take an administrative role with the wrestling program as he transitions into retirement.
"I think it's a great community and they've got the athletes and the support," Potter said. "It's a fairly new school, I just think they need a fresh perspective."
Mill Creek has produced three state placers in its six years of existence, most notably state runner-up Bobby Lewis in 2006. Last season the Hawks had two wrestlers -- Nick Shaw and Austin Ross -- qualify for the state meet. Both will return this season.
Potter is a 1994 grad from North Gwinnett where he was a two-time state finalist. He won a state championship in 1993, the last Bulldog to win a title.
He wrestled four years at Georgia State University in the mid-90s before it dropped its program.
This will be Potter's second stint as a head coach. He spent two seasons as the head coach at Gainesville before becoming an assistant at North Gwinnett.
"It's a good, new start for the program and the community," Potter said.