MOSES LAKE - Former Big Bend Community College men’s basketball coach Mark Poth has been named the college’s full-time athletic director.

Poth has served as interim athletic director for the past two years and was instrumental in bringing collegiate wrestling back to Big Bend, as well as rejuvenating the Vikings Athletic Booster Club. College officials say Poth also helped put the athletic department on track to become self-sustaining financially.

“While serving as Interim Athletic Director, Mark developed a financial model for managing athletics that increases Big Bend student enrollment, helps implement a sustainable operating budget for athletics, and ensures student athletes maintain high academic standards,” said Bryce Humpherys, Big Bend Vice President of Learning and Student Success. “He also tripled athletics fundraising over the past two years. Mark’s deep knowledge of college athletics, the NWAC, Big Bend, and his strong community connections will help him successfully lead BBCC athletics.”

Prior to serving as interim athletic director, Poth held the position of communications director and head men’s basketball coach for 30 years. 

“Mark Poth is a winner,” said Big Bend President Terry Leas. “He has demonstrated his ability to overcome challenges, inspire superior performance from his athletes, and move his program to the highest levels of excellence. We are excited that he will bring this legacy to the permanent athletic director’s role.”

As a coach, Poth racked up 11 NWAC Eastern Region titles and collected 617 wins, the most in conference history.

“I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen and promote Big Bend Community College and the community through athletics,” Poth said. “We will continue our focus of ‘Building the Dream’ through Academics, Athletics and Service.”

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