Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College Athletics
503 South Broad Street Clinton, SC 29325
Division 1 South Carolina Southeast
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Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter is entering his third season as head coach of the Presbyterian College men's soccer team in 2018. He has posted a 13-19-8 record in his fist two seasons along with winning a Big South Championship and going to the NCAA Tournament.

In 2017 Potter led the Blue Hose to a 6-9-5 record and won the Big South Tournament Championship. They went 3-3-2 in Big South regular season play and given the six-seed in the Tournament. The Blue Hose scored an NCAA Division I era record of five goals in the Blue Hose win over Campbell. They got Campbell again in the Tournament and defeated the Camels 2-1 advancing to face Radford and then High Point. PC would tie both the Highlanders and Panthers advancing on PK's in both cases.

PC drew UNCW for its first NCAA Tournament opposition. This was the third straight game that went to overtime tied 0-0, the Seahawks scored in the first OT period ending the Blue Hose dream run.

In his first year at the helm, Potter guided the Blue Hose to a 7-10-3 overall record with a 4-4 mark in conference play. The seven wins marked the third biggest turnaround last season in NCAA DI and is the most wins in a season in program history. The No. 5 seed in the Big South Championship, PC upset fourth-seeded Liberty 2-1 on November 6 for the program's first ever victory in the conference tournament. The Blue Hose faced top-seeded Radford in the program's first-ever semifinal appearance, falling to the Highlanders on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation. Potter saw four players earn annual awards, to include a pair making Second Team All-Big South, one Honorable Mention and an All-Freshman honoree.

Prior to PC, Potter spent five seasons at Elon as an assistant coach where he helped the Phoenix win five conference championships and several NCAA Tournament appearances, including advancing to the second round in 2013 and 2015.

During Potter's tenure, Elon achieved its highest national ranking of eighth, highest season ending RPI at 20th and most victories in program history, winning 15 matches in 2012 and 2013 and 14 in 2015.

Potter was also instrumental in overseeing the development of several players who are or had played professionally including Austen King (Carolina Railhawks), Gabe Latigue (New England Revolution) and Daniel Lovitz (Toronto FC). He also saw Elon goalkeeper Nathan Dean become the program's all-time career leader in shutouts under his tutelage in 2014 and mentored a number of all-conference honorees during his five seasons.

Before coaching at Elon, Potter was an assistant with the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development League (PDL). The Dynamo won the 2011 South Atlantic Division title and qualified for the U.S. Open Cup.

Potter, who holds a “B” US Soccer Federation Coaching License and an advanced diploma from the NCSAA, also served as the director of men's soccer operations at Davidson College, where he assisted in training, filming, editing, and analysis.

A four-year starter at Chowan, Potter appeared in all but one match during his career. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education with a concentration in sport management and a minor in business administration. He earned his master's degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia University in 2012.

In 2009 he trained with a professional team in Argentina and prior to that, played in the United Soccer League with a Northern Virginia Royals' super-20 team that reached the 2008 North American finals.

Potter is married to the former Melissa Cochran of Macon, Ga.

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Flo Liu

Flo Liu is entering his second season with the Presbyterian College men's soccer team in the 2017 season.

An integral part of the team's recruiting efforts, Liu was instrumental in the formation of Head Coach Jonathan Potter's first recruiting class in 2016 which provided the Blue Hose with five new starters, including Freshman All-Conference member Sergio Pinto. In addition, Liu also helped develop Mason Lewis, Cade Crow and Connor Behrend into All-Conference honorees, which marked most All-Conference Selections in program history.

Involved in all aspects of the program, Liu supervised player academics as well as community service. The Blue Hose received the NSCAA Academic Team Award for exemplary performance in the classroom and are heavily involved within the community for local soccer clinics and volunteer efforts with Special Olympics and the Thornwell Orphanage Home.

Liu, a nationally licensed coach through United States Soccer Federation (USSF), came to Presbyterian College after two seasons with Temple University. Liu assisted in student-athlete development, recruiting, video analysis, daily practices, scouting, social media, marketing, alumni relations and camps. Liu helped developing 7 all-conference and 2 all-region players, including MLS draft Jorge Gomez-Sanchez, and Carlos Moros Gracia, who signed with Swedish 1st Division team GIF Sundsvall. During his time, Temple had one of the best turnarounds in the country in 2015 (8 more wins than previous season) and school's highest NSCAA ranking (#17) in 30 years.

A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Liu was a standout at University of Connecticut where he helped UConn to two NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2011 and 2012, he was part of a defense that set a school record with 16 shutouts in 2011. Liu played every minute in Big East play on route to conference championship in 2012 while contributing game winning goal against No.8 Notre Dame and game winning assist against No.3 Georgetown.

In 2013, Liu had a brief playing spell in Germany, including training with Eintracht Frankfurt of German Bundesliga.

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Matthew Cureton

Cureton is a 2015 graduate of Lees McRae College with 65 appearances and 59 starts during his career at Lees McRae. He has been coaching since 2012 as a camp counselor, youth club coach, and will be working with South Carolina ODP this year. From January – May of 2016 he worked as an assistant coach with Lees McRae College. He worked with the day-to-day operations, training with the team and assisted in recruiting efforts for the program.

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