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Latest GGC athletics hire is a Berkmar grad

If Ian Potter's lengthy job title is any indication of his role at Georgia Gwinnett College, he will be pretty important.

"I don't know about that," the 31-year-old said, "it just means I have a lot to do."

Potter, a 1998 Berkmar graduate, has been hired as GGC's assistant athletic director for compliance, academic services and game operations. In short, he will oversee the Grizzlies' compliance in matters like athletic eligibility, academic standing and team participation, as well as serving as the college's event manager at different athletic events.

Since 2007, Potter has been in a similar role as Augusta State's assistant athletic director for compliance and academics. He also worked at Clemson, where he was an All-ACC track and field athlete, and Alabama-Birmingham since his 2002 graduation from Clemson.

Like most on the GGC athletic staff -- the school begins play in varsity athletics in August -- he will be plenty busy over the next few months.

"I'm excited about it, first and foremost, because (athletic director) Dr. (Darin) Wilson is obviously a go-getter who has passion for the position and passion for the school," Potter said. "You can just tell he has big things in store for this university. And coming onto the campus, it's just 'Wow,' the dorms, the intramural fields. You can see the development that's going to happen here."

It happened in a good location for Potter and his wife Brittany, a dentist who previously attended Collins Hill High School. The move allowed Brittany to work as a dentist with her father, Gwinnett-based dentist Daniel Jones.

Though Potter's family no longer lives in Gwinnett, it's still a homecoming for him. Before competing at Clemson, he was a standout track and field athlete at Berkmar, winning back-to-back region and county titles in the 110-meter hurdles his final two seasons and placing second and third at the state meet in that same event.

"Before this job was even posted, I didn't really think about coming back to Gwinnett because there was no college with an athletic program there since I've been on this path the last 10 years," Potter said. "So when this job opportunity opened up, it was great."

Just seven months remain before GGC begins competition with varsity teams in baseball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's fastpitch softball, so the current time frame is critical in a lot of areas.

"We're working from the ground up, so we don't have forms, policies, procedures, so I'm doing all that stuff (in the coming weeks)," Potter said. "It's that and just getting coaches on board with how we are going to do things."

Potter and Wilson will oversee an athletic department that has already announced three head coaches -- Brad Stromdahl (baseball), Domenic Martelli (women's soccer) and Steve DeCou (men's soccer).