Brian Potter, Club Director Biography
Brian Potter has been playing tournament contract bridge since 1970. As well as being a bridge teacher, he is an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) certified club director, an ACBL Life Master, a club manager, captain of a team of four, bidding theorist, and bidding system designer. As a teacher Brian specializes in teaching bridge to those who have never played before and in helping beginning players improve their play. He teaches group lessons, private lessons for small groups of three to eight, and individual lessons for duplicate bridge tournament players who wish to improve their competitiveness. He has also taught the ACBL School Bridge Lesson Series classes at the Marlboro School of Discovery in Clio, SC. Brian refers more advanced players to teachers and playing professionals who can meet their requirements better than he can. When players or partnerships want a bidding system tailored to their person style, he will help them find a balance between how much each player wants to remember and the power of the resulting methods.
Bridge players among Laurinburg’s Scotia Village residents have had a relationship with Brian since the spring of 2010. Then he began coaching a group for the duplicate bridge event in the Presbyterian Homes Olympics. That relationship has evolved into the bridge club, Bridge at the Village. Brian serves as the club manager and directs the weekly duplicate bridge game on Monday evenings.
With Bill Gregg, his team mate and regular partner before he moved to South Carolina, Brian represented ACBL District 12 (the Michigan Lower Peninsula and Northwest Ohio) in the non-lifemaster flight of the annual North American Pairs championship in 2007 and 2008. Bill and Brian have won two knock out tournaments at North American Bridge Championships and frequently win or finish in the top four in regional knock out team events. Bill and he both earned the ACBL Life Master rank playing in knockout team events at the annual New Years Regional tournament hosted alternately in Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Brian has also been a college instructor, information technology professional, industrial trainer, industrial quality improvement professional, seminar presenter, and middle school mathematics instructor.