Frank Potts
Biographical details
Born(1903-01-15)January 15, 1903
Sulphur, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedMay 26, 1990(1990-05-26) (aged 87)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Playing career
Track and field
Position(s)Halfback (football)
Pole vault (track)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1927–?Colorado (assistant)
Cross country / track and field
Head coaching record
Overall16–8–1 (football)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Mountain States (1944)

Frank Calhoun Potts (January 15, 1903 – May 26, 1990) was an American college football player, track and field athlete, and coach of American football, cross country, and track. He served as the head cross country and track coach at of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1927 to 1968. Potts also coached the Colorado Buffaloes football team in 1940, 1944, and 1945, compiling a record of 16–8–1.

A native of Ada, Oklahoma, Potts attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played college football as a halfback, on the basketball team, and competed in track as a pole vaulter. He was captain of the track team in 1927. After graduating from Oklahoma in 1927, Potts went to Colorado as head track coach and assistant football coach.[1]

Potts died on May 26, 1990, at Boulder Manor Heather Care Center in Boulder, Colorado.[2]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Colorado Buffaloes (Mountain States Conference) (1940)
1940 Colorado 5–3–1 4–1–1 T–2nd
Colorado Buffaloes (Mountain States Conference) (1944–1945)
1944 Colorado 6–2 2–0 1st
1945 Colorado 5–3 3–1 2nd
Colorado: 16–8–1 9–2–1
Total: 16–8–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

See also


  1. ^ "Frank Potts Will Coach At Colorado University This Year". The Perry Journal. Perry, Oklahoma. July 28, 1927. p. 7. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via Open access icon.
  2. ^ "Former Colorado coach dead at 87". The Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. May 31, 1900. p. D8. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via Open access icon.