SCU's Poteet Receives NAIA's top Honor

Southwestern Christian University professor Dr. Jim Poteet was recognized along with five other individuals at the 2014 NAIA Awards Luncheon, which took place Saturday at the 73rd Annual NAIA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Over 400 athletics administrators gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and service of these figures. The Luncheon was emceed by KCTV5 Sports Director, Michael Coleman, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Receiving the NAIA's highest honor, Poteet was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in the meritorious service category. Currently the associate athletic director, professor of sport management and assistant basketball coach at SCU, Poteet began his lifelong affiliation with the NAIA as a student-athlete at Pasadena College (Calif.), where he discovered his passion for small college basketball.

From his collegiate playing days, he went on to coach at Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho), Pasadena College, Biola University (Calif.), Bethany Nazarene College (Okla.), NCAA Division II member Seattle Pacific University (Wash.) and SCU.

Family atmosphere in the NAIA was part of what inspired Poteet to develop the NAIA’s Champions of Character program. The program, which was announced 14 years ago at this very convention, is arguably Poteet’s most significant contribution to the NAIA, as it has become a significant segment of the NAIA’s core mission.|

The honor is the highest bestowed by the NAIA. Individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, leadership ability and must be held in high esteem by colleagues, coaches and athletes.

“The NAIA Hall of Fame recognizes the remarkable contributions of student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “The individuals that make up the 2014 class have made a considerable impact on intercollegiate athletics. I applaud their achievements and congratulate them on this tremendous honor.”

The Hall of Fame consists of a division for each sport currently or formerly sponsored by the association and a division for general meritorious service to the NAIA. The NAIA Hall of Fame is divided into three categories: athlete, coach and meritorious service. All inductees will be recognized and honored at various NAIA events held throughout the year.

 The other award winners recognized were as follows:
2013 NAIA Athletics Director of the Year - Marty Holly of College of Idaho
2013 Charles Morris Administrator of the Year - Dr. Scott Crawford of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC)
2013 Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year - Dr. Byron Noordewier of Northwestern College (Iowa)
2013 NAIA Coach of Character - Ford Mastin of Oklahoma Baptist University
2013 Dr. LeRoy Walker Character Award - Katie Thurbon of Baker University (Kan.)