LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Wednesday the hiring of Lamarr Pottinger as Assistant Athletics Director for the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy.
In this role, Pottinger will be responsible for the continued success of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy, including the Suited for Success program and various leadership and life skills courses that prepare student-athletes for lifelong professional success.
"Lamarr's holistic approach to developing young people, combined with his energy and belief in the potential of every student-athlete, supports the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy's goal to prepare all Texas Tech student-athletes, coaches and staff to best serve, compete and lead at the highest levels perfectly," said Amy Heard, Texas Tech's Senior Associate Athletics Director in direction of the leadership academy.
Pottinger arrives in Lubbock after spending the previous two years as the Director of Student-Athlete Development and Leadership Programs at Old Dominion University and two additional years at Jacksonville University where he implemented similar innovative leadership academies.
"I am extremely blessed for this opportunity from Amy Heard and Kirby Hocutt to join the Texas Tech family," Pottinger said. "Texas Tech is a special place because of the people who work there, and I am honored to work for an institution with that type of energy. The opportunity to impact the student-athletes, coaches and administrators here will be priceless."
Pottinger worked with over 500 student-athletes during his tenure at Old Dominion as he created a program that focused on career readiness and leadership training. He had similar success at Jacksonville where he developed a leadership academy for over 400 student-athletes while also serving as an academic advisor for 250 student-athletes in 10 varsity sports.
His work at both universities was recognized nationally earlier this year as he was presented the Professional Promise Award by the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A). The award is given annually to one new member from each region that has dedicated significant energy to the association and its mission.
Pottinger was also one of 20 participants out of more than 200 applicants selected this year to attend the NCAA Leadership Institute. In addition, he is currently the N4A Student-Athlete Development Committee Chair-Elect.
Pottinger earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and sport studies from Eastern Illinois in 2012 where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner for the track and field program. He went on to receive his master's in sport management from Western Illinois in May 2015.
While at Western Illinois, Pottinger served as a graduate assistant for student-athlete services where he worked directly with the football program to ensure academic success for each student-athletes, while also coordinating life skills events to further increase the student-athlete experience.
Pottinger begins his duties at Texas Tech on Sept. 4.