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34 PHOTOS The Ohio State University; Getty Images BY CRAIG MERZ By CRAIG MERZ Potter, 36, is on the fast track to success in her latest endeavor, just as she was as a 19-year-old gold medalist at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, some five years after she gave up football cleats for skates. "I tell these kids that whatever you do you have to do it to the best of your ability and you'll be successful, whether it's the sport you choose, academically or professionally," Potter said. Potter comes to a program that was 17-16-3 last season after coaching two years at Division III Trinity (Connecticut) College. She led the Bantams to a 18-7-2 record last season and their first conference championship as well as the second NCAA Tournament berth in school history. It hasn't taken long for Potter to impress her new players in Columbus. "We started from the basics and she went through everything," Moylan said. "Coming T he response was a mixture of disbe- lief and joy when players on the Ohio State women's hockey team learned the name of their new coach on April 12. Jenny Potter. Yes, The Jenny Potter. Coming to The Ohio State University. One of the most accomplished players in collegiate and USA Hockey history was now a Buckeye, charged with turning around a program that has had limited success in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. "Oh my gosh," was the first reaction of senior Julia McKinnon. "I think a lot of us grew up idolizing her. We were star struck. Then it hit us that she's coaching us." Added senior Melani Moylan, "What more could you ask for than have an Olympian as a coach?" By the way, both McKinnon and Moylan are Canadians and yet their admiration for Potter transcends the fierce rivalry between the nations on the ice. "If you look at what she's done in the past, even being Canadian, I can learn so much from her," McKinnon said. NOVEMBER. 2015 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Experience Is The Best Teacher Olympian Jenny Potter Brings A Lifetime Of Knowledge And A Passion For The Game To Ohio State

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