Rod Poteete (1974 Coach-P. E. ,Driver's Ed, Health)

Rod Poteete (1974 Coach-P. E. ,Driver's Ed, Health)


May 10, 1947 - July 8, 2014

The only child of Lester and Anna Poteete, Rod Poteete, of Las Vegas, was born in Los Angeles on May 10, 1947.  Baseball was the drive in his life. He was an outstanding pitcher on several little league teams and this carried him into his high school career. He was the single A CIF player of the year his junior and senior years in high school at Lutheran High School, Los Angeles. From there, he went to Stanford University on an academic and Buck Club scholarship. There, he played baseball and was a member of the 1967 team that finished third in the college world series that year. He pitched a complete game against Arizona State that went 14 innings and was ended by a misjudged fly ball in the 14th. Rod came to Las Vegas to get his masters degree in 1973 under his high school coach and current baseball coach at UNLV, Dr. Robert Doering. It was there that he met his wife, Jean. After graduation, he began teaching and coaching baseball at Pahrump Valley High School, where he stayed 35 years. Rod lived in Las Vegas and drove to Pahrump everyday, snow or shine. His baseball teams won many league championships. His love of the game and of Pahrump was legendary. He could almost be called the "unofficial historian" of Pahrump Valley High School. He had donated many pictures and items to the Pahrump Museum and, when Wulfys was open, much of the memorabilia on the high school sports history there was his. Rod also was an avid sport card collector. His many cards are the topic of many conversations. His love of sports also lead him to be a sports official for high school basketball and slow pitch softball for many years. 

Rod is survived by his wife, of 38 years, Jean; his sons, Kemer (Barbi) and Ryne (Niki); and three grandsons, Ryne, Wriley and Camilo. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pahrump Valley High School Athletic Department and the Autism Foundation.