Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian College and head men's soccer coach Jonathan Potter are excited to announce the signing of 15 players who are joining the Blue Hose for the fall of 2017. The signees consist of one goalie, one midfielder, six forwards and seven defenders.
“We are excited to announce our 2017 recruiting class,” said Coach Potter. “We feel these young men have the right character, work-ethic and hunger to succeed and to keep moving this program forward. I want to thank assistant coach (Flo) Liu for his hard work in the formation of this recruiting class. These student-athletes come with Youth National Team, US Soccer Development Academy Playoff, and US Youth Soccer Regional Championship experience and academically feature 10 students above a 3.5 GPA. We are delighted these student-athletes and families have joined the Presbyterian College community. Our players and staff look forward to the work ahead this fall.”
Chris Amond – 5'8” – 145lb - Defender – Simpsonville, S.C. – Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
Bio: Amond played for Coach Nick Finotti with CESA 98 Premier and won South Carolina State Cup in 2016 and the Region III Championship in 2015 … He was a member of South Carolina ODP … South Carolina AAAA High School Champions in 2015 with JL Mann High School … Member of National Honors Society and lettered in academics in 2015 and 2016.
Why Chris Chose Presbyterian: “I chose Presbyterian College because I want to be a part of the growing soccer program and be able to use my abilities to contribute to its success. I also chose PC because of the beautiful campus and the strong community feel expressed through the student-professor relationships and small class sizes.”
Adrian Edo Martin – 5'11” – 155lb – Midfielder – Vallirana, Spain – C.F. Damm
Bio: Played for Coach Cristobal Parralo at C.F Damm … Champion of Spain with Catalonia's National Team in 2013 … Spent time at Blackburn Rovers, Valencia and C.F. Damm academy while finishing ahead of Spanish giant F.C. Barcelona in the league.
Why Adrian Chose Presbyterian: “It is a great opportunity for me as a student and as a soccer player to develop myself and grow as a person. I've been offered a unique opportunity which I couldn't hesitate to accept. Hopefully I can progress with my studies and achieve great things with the team.”
Jamison Ingram – 5'10” – 170lb – Defender – Tallahassee, Fla. – Jacksonville Armada FC
Bio: Played for Coach Joey Barrett at Jacksonville Armada FC … First Team All-Big Bend at Lincoln High School and selected to Florida Athletic Coaches Association North All-Star Team … Earned MVP in FACA Senior All Star Game … Was a consistent starter with IMG U.S. Soccer Development Academy U16 Team that qualified for 2016 USSDA Playoffs.
Why Jamison Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because I thought it was a good fit academically and it's a great opportunity to play at the next level.”
Alec Larson – 6'2” – 175lb – Goalkeeper – Easley, S.C. – Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
Bio: Played for Coach Roberto Hernandez at CESA and Wren High School … Four year varsity starter at Wren and three year Defensive MVP … Involved in South Carolina ODP since 2015 and was selected to Region III ODP in 2016 … Member of National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, and Beta Club.
Why Alec Chose Presbyterian: “PC is one of the best colleges in SC with a strong reputation for professors that care about their students. The smaller school and the soccer program seem like a perfect fit for me.”
Logan Llano – 5'8” – 160lb – Forward – Canton, Ga. – NASA Tophat
Bio: Played for Coach Dan Pietro at NASA Tophat U19 team … Won Georgia State Cup, Region III Championships as well as Generation Adidas Cup … Three year captain at Woodstock High School … Named All County, All Region team and Cherokee Tribune Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Why Logan Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because they give me the opportunity to continue educating myself while playing soccer at the highest level.”
Josh Mackie – 6'0” – 180lb – Defender – Augusta, Ga. – Concorde Fire USSDA
Bio: Played for Coach Garth Pollonais at Concorde Fire U.S. Soccer Development Academy team … Competed in 2016 USSDA playoffs with Georgia United U16 Development Academy ... Captained Collins Hill High School and named First Team All-Region 6-7A as well as Gwinnett Goal Club All County.
Why Josh Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC for the opportunity to play Division 1 soccer while getting a great education.”
Victor Menudier – 6'1” – 180lb – Defender – Limoges, France – US Orléans Loiret
Bio: Played for Coach David Le Moal at US Orléans Loiret … Competes in U19 French National level and has won Montaigu Tournament … Spent majority of youth career at FC Nantes, one of the best academies in France competing against the like of PSG and Lille.
Why Victor Chose Presbyterian: “I've been attracted by the closeness of the PC family and I've read many articles which prove that. The ambition on the field attracted me knowing many great players are coming in as well.”
Mathias Mikalsen – 6'0” – 160lb – Forward – Sandvika, Norway – Baerum SK
Bio: Played for Coach Mathias Solstad at Baerum SK … Scored 14 goals in all competition this season … Played three years for Norwegian College of Elite Sports and spent time at Stabaek before joining Baerum SK … Won Norwegian Junior Championships twice.
Why Mathias Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because it is a great opportunity to combine soccer and education. The school is well known academically and I am really looking forward to competing at the Division 1 level.”
Andrew Miller-Bell – 5'11” – 165lb – Forward – Gainesville, Ga. – Alpharetta Ambush
Bio: Played for Coach Everett Webb at Alpharetta Ambush … Team finished second at Southern Regional Premier League, the top division and won multiple Georgia State Cups … Was in the top 150 player pool on TopDrawerSoccer and selected for US Soccer Youth National Team Camp … Named MVP every year at Lakeview Academy and set the single season scoring record.
Why Andrew Chose Presbyterian: “PC is the best fit for me.”
Connor Nixon – 5'9” – 140lb – Defender – Wesley Chapel, Fla. – Chargers USSDA
Bio: Played for Coach Andres Arango and Roberto Lopez at Chargers U.S. Soccer Development Academy team … Played 26 games in 2016-2017 season with 24 starts … Was an invitee to 2016 U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center … Four year honor roll member at Wiregrass Ranch High School.
Why Connor Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because of the great educational opportunities that are offered, and to play for a great coaching staff with a desire to build an upcoming program and help the team win championships.”
Kellan O'Hara – 6'1” – 160lb – Forward – Summerville, S.C. – South Carolina United
Bio: Played for Coach Rob Strickland at South Carolina United … Led the team with 22 goals and was second top scorer at 2016 Disney Classic … spent three years with South Carolina Battery USSDA and led the team in scoring … Senior captain and leading goal scorer with Fort Dorchester High School and selected to North/South Games this summer … Member of South Carolina Boys State Leadership Program.
Why Kellan Chose Presbyterian: “After visiting PC for a weekend I knew it was the right fit. Getting a chance to play Division 1 soccer is a dream come true. PC is well known for its academics and I look forward to the challenge. The vision Coach Potter and Coach Liu have for the soccer program is something I want to be a part of.”
Clement Vannier – 6'0” – 180lb – Forward – Ermont, France – Entente Sannois St Gratien
Bio: Played for Coach Denis Diaz at Entente Sannois St Gratien … Competed in U19 French National level and had 14 goals and eight assists this season … Scored last minute goal against Paris St.Germain in U17 Division d'Honneur level to help team gain promotion into U19 National during 2015-2016 season ... Quarterfinalist at the prestigious Gothia Cup.
Why Clement Chose Presbyterian: “I choose PC because it is a great opportunity to combine soccer and education. The school is well known academically and I am really looking forward to competing at the Division 1 level.”
Michael Brett Wilson – 6'3” – 190lb – Defender – Dallas, Texas – Dallas Texans
Bio: Played for Coach Nick Stavrou at Dallas Texans 99 in Dallas Division 1 Classic League … Captained the team while scoring 10 goals this season … Played in Dallas Cup twice … Was finalist with Texans at Disney Showcase in 2016 … Finished third in U.S. Soccer Development Academy when playing for Solar Chelsea for Coach Kevin Smith.
Why Michael Chose Presbyterian: “I chose Presbyterian because of the quality of the college, the soccer program and the culture.”
Luca Ziegler – 5'9” – 160lb – Defender – Oberroth, Germany – FC Heidenheim 1846
Bio: Played for Coach Benjamin Götz at FC Heidenheim … earned three caps with the Germany U16 National Team and was member of Team Bavaria and Team Wurttemberg … Spent majority of youth career at FC Nürnberg and won U17 Germany Indoor Championships.
Why Luca Chose Presbyterian: “It´s a great opportunity to study and play soccer on a high level at the same time. The Coaches told me about the goals for the next years and I had no doubt that I want to be part of it.”
Nemanja Zivanovic – 6'0” – 170lb – Forward – Belgrade, Serbia – FK BSK Borca
Bio: Played for Coach Zvonko Radic at FK BSK Borca … Spent three years at Red Star Belgrade, one of the best youth academy in Europe … Won Serbian National League and two International Tournaments while competing against the likes of Bayern Munich and F.C. Barcelona … Finished top 10% in his graduating class.
Why Nemanja Chose Presbyterian: “To secure my future by obtaining a degree in a good school like Presbyterian and play some quality soccer.”