SAINT LEO, Fla. – Former Florida Southern College standout swimmer Cara Potter has been named assistant coach for Saint Leo University Swim Team as was announced by Head Coach Paul Mangen on Friday afternoon. Potter will bring a wealth of knowledge in the sport to Saint Leo after a stellar career at the fellow Sunshine State Conference school where she was an All-America.
During her career at Southern, she was a seven-time NCAA Division II All-America and part of the seventh-place team at NCAA National Championships. She set school records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle and holds the distinction as the first women's swimmer to earn Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Week honors when the SSC began to sponsor the sport in 2010.
"Cara has a winner's attitude and brings with her a high level of aptitude as well," Mangen said. "She has been a part of great success throughout her collegiate experience and has been coached and mentored by some of the best in the business."
Prior to joining the Moccasins, Potter was a member of a talented squad at Indian River Community College. While at The River, the Rockledge, Fla. native was a 12-time NJCAA All-American and part of two National Championship teams.
She will utilize her coaching experience with USA Swimming while working for Lakeland Area Swimming to help further the Saint Leo swim program. She also gained valuable coaching experience as a student assistant with her alma mater in Lakeland.
Mangen continued, "Her specific skill set will immediately assist our programs development and expectations of improvement. She will play a large role in the continued improvements of our men's and women's swimming program and will ultimately aid in the overall success of our Athletic Department and I am very excited to welcome her to Saint Leo University."
Potter will begin serving in the new coaching role on August 1.