Stacy Margolin Potter

University of Southern California’s

2014

FLAIR AND FIRE

Born in Beverly Hills, California, Stacy Margolin (Potter) began playing tournaments when she was 10. She was ranked #6 in the 12s in Southern California and began competing nationally in the 14s, ranked #17. She was the #1 tennis singles player at Beverly Hills High School for four years, and collected many junior tennis titles before becoming the #1 singles player on the University of Southern California’s Women’s Varsity Team. During her freshman and sophomore years, Potter was undefeated in singles dual home matches. In 1977, she was the US 21 and Under Champion, the US Amateur Hard Court Champion, a member of the Junior Wightman Cup team, and also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Tenth Maccabiah Games in Israel. She won the Western Regional Championships and received All-American honors in 1978 and 1979. In 1978, she was the USTA National Collegiate Singles Champion. Potter turned pro after helping USC win the national team championship in 1979.

As a professional tennis player from 1979-1987, Potter competed in 25 grand slam championships, including eight at Wimbledon, eleven at the US Open and six at the French Open, and reached a singles ranking of #18 in the world. Coming off the tour, Potter earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology. She was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Beverly Hills High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. Now living in Ojai, CA, Potter is a certified health coach and works with her husband in their hiking, biking and climbing tour company, Trails by Potter.

Career Highlights
    Won Ojai Tournament, the country’s oldest amateur tennis tournament, 7 times — 14s, 16s, 18s, Doubles, Women’s Open (twice), and Collegiate Division
    #1 Southern California Girls 16s — 1975
    #1 Southern California Girls 18s — 1977
    #1 Southern California Women’s Open Division — 1976
    US 18 and Under Indoor Champion — 1976
    #1 singles as first female to play on men’s varsity tennis team, Beverly Hills High School
    #5 US Girls 18s — 1977
    US 21 and Under Champion — 1977
    Junior Wightman Cup — US Team Member — 1977
    Runner-up to Tracy Austin at Avon Championships of Portland — 1977
    Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal winner at The Maccabiah Games, Israel — 1977
    US 21 and under Amateur Hard Court Champion — 1978
    #1 singles player—University of Southern California— 1978
    Collegiate All American at USC — 1978 and 1979
    US Team Member, Federation Cup — 1978
    USTA Collegiate Singles Champion, freshman year — 1978
    #11 in the US for Women’s Professionals — 1978 (as an amateur)
    Women’s So Cal Sectional Champion over Tracy Austin — 1978
    So Cal Sectional Mixed Doubles Champion with brother Mike — 1978
    WTA’s Women in Tennis International Singles Champion, San Antonio, TX — 1978
    USTA Collegiate Team Championship — 1978
    US Open Singles and Mixed Doubles with John McEnroe Round of 16 — 1978
    AIAW National Team Champions, USC — 1979
    #18 in the world for Women’s Professionals, — 1979–1980
    Wimbledon Plate quarter finalist — 1980
    Semi-finalist Wells Fargo Open, San Diego — 1980
    World Team Tennis, California Oranges —1982
    World Team Tennis, Indiana Loves — 1983
    Battle of the Sexes with Kate Latham against Bobby Riggs and Pancho Segura — 1983
    Consistently ranked in the Top 40 in the world for Women’s Professionals, — 1980–1984
    Tennis Teaching Pro Outstanding Service Award — 1986–1989
    Head Tennis Director, Youth and Adult, Recreation Dept., Ojai, CA — 1995–1998
    Nutrition and Wellness Consultant/Lecturer, Weil Tennis Academy, Ojai, CA, 1999-Present (as of 2014)
    Head Tennis Coach, Boys & Girls Teams, Thatcher School, Ojai, CA — 2002–2007
    Inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame — 2004
    Inducted into the Beverly Hills High School Athletic Hall of Fame — 2009
    Self-published book of poetry, Thoughts Allowed … A Journey into a Woman’s Mind, Heart & Soul — 2009
    Founder and Owner of Balanced Eating & Lifestyle Coaching — 2013–Present (as of 2014)
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