Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College Athletics
503 South Broad Street Clinton, SC 29325
Division 1 South Carolina Southeast
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Brian Purcell

Brian Purcell completed his 34th year as the head coach of the Presbyterian College women’s soccer team in 2022. The program’s only coach since its inception in 1989, Purcell has posted an overall mark of 277-288-27.

Purcell's 2022 club won its final two Big South matchups, putting together three separate weekly awards (Kali Zmistowski, Sloan Spees, and Kori Lawrence) while claiming a league all-freshman award from Spees. Additionally, five Blue Hose members earned College Sports Communicators Academic All-District recognition - Reyna Coston, Kelly Hall, Gwen Keiser, Caitlin Murphy, and Megan Wilson.

The Blue Hose in 2021 recorded the program's best finish in its Big South history finishing fifth with a 5-4 record which included a perfect 4-0 in home contests. PC had five players earn postseason honors from the Big South as Morgan Hutchison and Kori Lawrence each netted second team, while Kristen Bane and Sydni Dachs were named honorable mention. Caroline Dipzinski was the team's all-academic honoree. Megan Serrano set a single-season record with a 1.07 GAA.

The 2019 team overcame several untimely injuries to earn the No. 7 seed in the Big South Tournament where they fell in double-overtime to No. 2 Campbell, 3-2. Sophomore Kori Lawrence earned All-Tournament honors following a three-point performance (1G, 1A) against the Camels. Junior Morgan Hutchison earned Big South Second Team honors after scoring a DI program record 18 points (7G, 4A) during the regular season, while junior defender Kristen Bane earned Honorable Mention honors.

The program won a Division I best five consecutive games in 2018, finishing the season with an overall record of 8-8 (3-7 Big South). The win total fell one shy of the 2013 team that finished at 9-9 (6-5 Big South), which also saw bests with 24 goals scored against 21 goals allowed, and earned the team’s first berth in the Big South Tournament.

In 2017, the Blue Hose picked up non-conference wins over Furman, 2-0, and Wofford, 3-2. The shutout victory over the Paladins, a team that averaged 2.50 goals on the year, was a program first.

Under his direction, the team has had at least one player selected for the All-Big South First Team (2008, `13, `18), Second Team (2012, `13, `15, `19) and Honorable Mention Team (2014, `17, `19) on multiple occasions. The team also had a player earn Big South All-Freshman honors for five consecutive seasons (2011-15) as well as in 2018. In 2009, the Blue Hose earned the Big South Sportsmanship award.

Purcell has guided the team through many changes including the jump to Division I in 2007. The Blue Hose finished 6-7-1 that year, beating their future league co-members High Point, Radford and VMI. PC retained the edge when playing at home with a 3-2-1 record at Martin Stadium.

PC left the Division II level with six Southern Atlantic Conference championships, two SAC tournament titles, and made five trips to the NCAA Division II tournament (1994, '95, '97, '99, and '03). Purcell's 81 conference wins made him the SAC's all-time leader. He also ranked sixth all-time in Division II with 207 career wins.

Under Purcell's guidance, the Blue Hose had their best year in the history of the program in 1999. The 15-2-1 squad spent a week at No. 1 on the NSCAA/adidas rankings and finished eighth in the Coaches Poll. PC captured its sixth SAC title and hosted a first-round match of the Division II national tournament against Belmont Abbey. Purcell was recognized as the NSCAA/adidas Southeast Region Coach of the Year and SAC Coach of the Year for his success with the team.

Purcell is a seven-time SAC Coach of the Year winner and earned National NSCAA Coach of the Year accolades in 1994 after leading the Blue Hose to a 15-3 record.

Before accepting the position as head coach of the women's team, Purcell spent one year as an assistant coach with PC's men's squad. He holds a USSF "B" coaching license and is a member of the USYSA Region III Olympic Development staff.

The Decatur, Ga., native graduated from Presbyterian College in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in education and social studies and earned his master's from the U.S. Sports Academy in 1989. Purcell resides in Greenwood with his wife Kim and their two sons, Jay and Will.

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Tanner Osborne

Tanner Osborne just completed his seventh season as the assistant coach with the Blue Hose women's soccer team in 2022 with duties ranging from helping implement, coordinate, and run training sessions, recruiting, handling and coordination of travel and budget logistics and working as the team’s goalkeeper coach.

During Osborne’s seven years with the program he has helped coach PC back into the Big South Conference tournament (2019), improve win totals, and help coach numerous players to post season All-Conference selections.

In Osborne’s seven seasons with the program he has helped coach and guide a steady increase in players receiving post season awards. Following the 2022 campaign, Sloan Spees was named to the Big South All-Freshman team, while the Blue Hose set a new program-best with five College Sports Communicators Academic All-District performers off the field.

In 2021, Kori Lawrence and Morgan Hutchison were named to the league's second team all-conference, while Kristen Bane and Sydni Dachs earned honorable mention. Megan Serrano set a single-season record with a 1.07 GAA. In 2019, Morgan Hutchison, Kristen Bane, Preston Robinette, and Kori Lawrence all garnered such awards. Hutchison claimed 2nd team All-Conference while Bane claimed All-Conference Honorable Mention. Robinette was tabbed an All–Academic award winner and Lawrence was selected for the All–Tournament team following the 2019 Big South Conference Tournament. During the 2018 season Kelsey Yeager received 1st team All–Conference along with an All–Academic selection. As well, Osborne helped coach and guide Lawrence to an All–Freshman team selection during her freshman campaign in 2018. In 2017 he helped guide Kelsey Yeager to an All-Conference Honorable Mention spot and Sarah Yoss was selected for the All–Academic team. In Osborne’s first season in 2016, Kia Mattison was selected to the All-Academic team.

Along with coaching the Blue Hose, Osborne is also an assistant coach with the USL II South Carolina United Bantams, South Carolina ODP, and is involved in private training for youth players.

Osborne has been with the Bantams for three seasons. He is their head goalkeeper coach that oversees their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teams’ goalkeepers. Along with instructing and implementing sessions for all goalkeepers for each team he instructs and helps with the running of team and field player sessions for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teams for the Bantams. In 2019 under Osborne’s direction he coached the USL II Team of the Year GK (Bobby Edwards) and Southern Conference Team of the Year GK (Bobby Edwards) (Edwards signed with Portadown Football Club in Northern Ireland in July 2019 and recently signed with FC Cincinnati of the MLS in January 2020). During Osborne’s three seasons with the Bantams he has coached and guided two players that are now playing professionally. In 2018 along with coaching Bobby Edwards he guided and coached Ian McGrane. McGrane most recently signed with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies this February 2020.

Osborne’s time spent with South Carolina ODP has seen him work as a coach for the 02 girls age group, involved with instructing goalkeepers and is currently the Head Coach for the 04 girls.

Prior to working with the women's team, he spent two seasons working as an assistant coach for the Blue Hose men's soccer team and six years as the assistant varsity coach and goalkeeper coach at Lexington High School. In addition, Osborne continues to work numerous college soccer camps as well as serving as a personal goalkeeper trainer across the midlands.

Osborne graduated from Presbyterian College in 2014 with a degree in psychology and minor in athletic coaching. He was a four-year player for the Blue Hose, playing in eight games in net his sophomore year, five his junior year, and five his senior year.

During his undergrad career, Osborne was a four-year varsity player at Lexington High School in Lexington, SC, where he earned All-State honors as a senior, named All-Region Player of the Year and was also on the All-Region and All-Area teams.

Osborne currently holds his USSF C license and will be pursuing his B License. He holds his USC level I and II goalkeeper license as well.

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