From the time that Jeff Potter could lift a baseball bat, he was playing the game of baseball. Growing up with three older brothers, he had no choice but to compete. Countless summer pick- up games "under the lights" in the small town of Ellwood City would make anyone a better ball player.
Those experiences and that environment helped to mold Jeff into a well-rounded ball player -- one good enough to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers out of high school. Taken in the 6th round of the 1972 draft, the left-handed pitcher left for Lakeland, Florida with big dreams. Turning down several college offers, he wanted to do nothing but play baseball.
Dreams many times get shattered, however, and Jeff's once-promising career was over in the blink of an eye or, in this case, a break of a wrist. All of a sudden, it was over. For close to 30 years, all was forgotten. Until...along came a son. Who loved baseball. The rest is history.
Not just more baseball, but baseball done the right way, for the right reason, with the right people. Come join in with the thousands of people that believe in Potter Baseball -- what it means, what it will become and what impact it has on so many people. Welcome to life with Jeff. Time to have fun!
Coach Potter believes that the family is very important. As one spends time navigating through this website, it will become very evident that his four tenets, and lots of "life lessons" get their beginning from Coach's immediate family. From that the Potter Baseball Family began, grew, and has now become part of Coach's every day life. The experiences he had raising two children with his wife Sheryl has had a tremendous influence on his evolution as a coach and mentor. His personal family... Sheryl, Tracey (daughter), and Eric (son) has given Coach the motivation to take those experiences and move to a larger family, the baseball family. It is now evident that although the main theme of Coach's time and effort is baseball, Potter Baseball is gradually including more sports and community service.
Looking over the 50 pages of pictures, letters, comments, testimonials, and activities is the best way to understand what the "baseball family" is all about. Potter Baseball has a lot of things to look forward to in the last months of 2017, and beyond.
"This summer, my son grew in ways completely immeasurable -- baseball skills obviously, but when you consider character, confidence and leadership; bearing, dependability, enthusiasm, initiative, tact, unselfishness...the list goes on. For that he owes you big time." - Jim