Robin Potera-Haskins returns for her fifth year as head women's basketball coach at Linfield.
Her fresh enthusiasm and energy has had an immediate impact on a struggling program. During her first year in 2010-11, she led the Wildcats to their first winning season in five years and doubled the team's win total from the previous season, finishing with a 13-11 overall win-loss mark.
Potera-Haskins has 25 years of college and high school head coaching experience. She was previously head basketball coach at five different colleges and universities, served as an assistant at two others, and worked as a high school girls basketball head coach for six years.
Her collegiate career coaching record is 349-209. She has guided three different programs to national playoff tournaments, won eight conference championships, and has been the architect of many milestone victories and seasons throughout her career.
Most recently, Potera-Haskins coached the last three years at Palm Beach Atlantic, a NCAA Division II institution in Palm Beach, Fla. At PBA, she led the Sailfish to the 2009 National Christian College Athletic Association championship game.
Potera-Haskins was also head college coach at Louisiana College (2006-07), Montana State (2001-04), Texas Wesleyan (1999-2001), and Austin College (1994-99).
She previously was an assistant at Winthrop (2005-06) and a graduate assistant Stephen F. Austin (1985).
Potera-Haskins earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Evangel University, then went on to complete her master’s degree at Stephen F. Austin. She competed in basketball while a student at Evangel, an NAIA school in Springfield, Mo.
In addition to coaching basketball at Linfield, she also teaches courses within the Health and Human Performance department.
Potera-Haskins has expertise in helping revive sagging programs. At Louisiana College, a Division III school in Pineville, La., the Lady Wildcats engineered an upset of Division I McNeese State.
While an assistant at Winthrop, she helped the program improve from a 2-26 record in 2004-05 to 14-15 the following year. The 12-win improvement ranked second among Division III programs that season.
Potera-Haskins was the first coach in Montana State history to lead the Bobcats to consecutive Big Sky Conference regular-season championships and appearances in the league championship games in 2002 and ‘03. MSU finished with a record of 21-9 in 2003 and earned a berth in the WNIT tournament.
At Texas Wesleyan, a Division II program in Fort Worth, her teams went 39-15 in two seasons, including 21-6 during 2000-01.
She amassed 85 wins in five years at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, including three 20-wins seasons and consecutive American Southwest Conference titles in 1996, ’97, and ’98. The Lady Kangaroos reached the “Sweet 16” of the 1997 NAIA and 1998 NCAA championship tournaments.