STACY MARGOLIN POTTER

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)