Franks Potts coached the cross country and track & field teams at the University of Colorado for over 40 years (1927-68), coaching five NCAA individual champions, numerous All Americans, and over 50 conference champions.
A football letterwinner and NCAA champion in the pole vault at the University of Oklahoma, Potts accepted a position as head track & field coach and freshman football coach at Colorado shortly after graduation in 1927. Potts remained the Buffs head coach until his retirement in 1968. Potts coached CU’s first NCAA champion, high jumper and former world record holder Gil Cruter. He also played a significant role in recruiting Byron “Whizzer” White to Colorado, a star football and track athlete who later became a Supreme Court Justice.
During World War II, Potts also coached the Colorado football team, compiling a 16-8-1 record in three years, and from 1946-47, Potts served as President of the track coaches association.
Potts is recognized in both the University of Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. CU’s outdoor track is named in his honor.