New Assistant, new players
Tanner Osborne has been named the new Presbyterian College women’s soccer assistant coach, it was announced by head coach Brian Purcell on Thursday.
“We are thrilled to hire someone of Tanner’s talent and dedication to our staff,” Purcell said. “Tanner is a Blue Hose through and through and his passion and understanding for the mission of the college and our athletic program will be extremely valuable moving forward. Tanner will take primary responsibility for training our goalkeepers, but will also assist in every facet of the program.”
Osborne spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the PC men’s program and was a four year player with the Blue Hose from 2010-13. He earned a psychology degree with a minor in athletic coaching from PC in 2014.
During his career at PC, Osborne played in 18 games as a goalkeeper and made 47 saves. During his junior season, he held a 1.47 goals against average and a .750 save percentage. He made a career-high 33 saves during his sophomore season and made a career-high eight saves against Erskine.
Prior to PC, Osborne spent six years as the assistant varsity coach and goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, Lexington High School. He worked numerous high school and college camps, including PC’s men’s and women’s ID camps, and served as a personal goalkeeper trainer across South Carolina for seven years.
Osborne replaces assistant coach Sarah Beth Palmer who coached the Blue Hose for four seasons, leaving this past spring to pursue other opportunities.
“We have been unusually fortunate to have Sarah Beth in the position of assistant women’s soccer coach as long as we have,” Purcell said. “She has been an extremely loyal and dedicated assistant coach. Sarah Beth’s talent and energy became a trademark for our team and our program over the last few years. She will certainly be missed.”
The Presbyterian College women’s soccer team announced Wednesday the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent to join the Blue Hose in the fall of 2016.
“We are very excited about this group of players joining our program,” head coach Brian Purcell said. “They are exactly the type of student-athletes we look for here at PC. They are talented and hardworking both on the field and in the classroom. They fill the specific needs we had at each position and they bring some new and different attributes to our team.”
Anna Coleman, a goalkeeper from Dublin, Ga., is a four year varsity player that reached the sweet sixteen round of the state tournament last season with West Laurens High School. She was named the defensive player of the year, second team all-region and played in the Heart of Georgia all-star game last season. Coleman is a member of the National Honor Society and was on the Honor Roll every semester in high school. Coleman was named the Anchor Club and Beta Club class president. She played club soccer for Southern Alliance Futbol.
Samantha Fink, a forward from Waxhaw, N.C., made the state semi-finals the past two seasons and the Rocky River Conference Champions in 2013 with Cuthbertson High School. She was also the Rocky River Conference Champions in track and participated in the North Carolina State Championships in 2013. She played her club soccer for Charlotte Soccer Academy.
Emma Gray, a midfielder from Atlanta, played center midfielder all four years and captured four region championships at Lakeside High School. She was named the midfielder MVP her sophomore and junior season and played on the ITP all-star team her junior year. Gray received the Wendy’s High School Heisman award in 2015 and led the team in assists with 12 her sophomore year. She played club for the Lady Chiefs Elite ’99 Premier team and was named the captain for eight consecutive seasons.
Julia Hatcher, a forward from Augusta, Ga., is a back-to-back Georgia Independent School Association AAA State Champion at Augusta Prep. In 2014 the team boasted a 15-1-0 record, while they produced a 16-0-3 record in 2015. In 2014, Hatcher was named to the Augusta Chronicle all-area honorable mention team while scoring the second-most goals on the team with 15 and led the team in assists with nine. She earned Augusta Chronicle all-area first team, Augusta Prep offensive MVP and led the team with 23 goals and 23 assists, setting a record for most assists in a season last year.
Abigail Jones, a goalkeeper from Roswell, Ga., started in goal for four games as a freshman at Roswell High School before spending springs focusing on her fitness. Jones played her club soccer at United Futbol Academy. Last season, she held 10 shutouts and a 0.8 goals against average in 21 matches. Jones is a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society and sat on the Student Council.
Alyssa Leaman, a goalkeeper from Penryn, Calif., is a three year varsity player. She is a back-to-back CIF-SJS Champion selection, named to the Sierra Foothill League honorable mention team and an all-city preps player of the week. Leaman is a member of the National Honor Society and is a seven-term Gold Honor Roll Student. She volunteered as a soccer coach for four years, went out on a Mexico Outreach Ministry and helped organize a 24 hour relay and 5k to support local schools. Her father played soccer at the University of Pittsburgh.
Emma Shaw, a defender from Canton, Ga., is a four-year letter winner and named the team captain during her junior and senior seasons at Woodstock High School. After the season, she was voted the team’s best defender in her sophomore and junior campaigns and led the team in assists last season. Shaw was named to the all-county honorable mention team last year. She collected the Academic Letter Lamp of Knowledge, is a member of the National Beta Club, a member of and secretary of the National Spanish Honor Society and the Vice President of the 2016 senior class.