Presbyterian College Athletics and men’s soccer head coach Jonathan Potter announced the addition of Will Whiddon as the team’s goalkeeper coach on Monday. He will be responsible for training the goalies, assisting in day-to-day team training, recruiting and team logistics.
“We are delighted to have Will joining our staff,” commented Potter. “He is a hardworking and highly motivated young coach with an extensive playing background with US National Teams and in professional academies oversees. He will help continue building a winning culture at PC and serve as an exemplary role model for our student athletes.”
Whiddon comes to PC from Concordia University Irvine where he was a graduate assistant working with the goalkeepers. In 2018, the Eagles went 9-9, winning five of their final six games, and allowed 1.94 goals on 12.1 shots per game.
He began his playing career with two seasons at CUI before transferring and graduating from Northern Arizona University. Whiddon then returned to CUI to pursue his master’s and complete his soccer eligibility. As a senior in 2017, he earned Second Team All-PacWest honors as the starting goalie and also earned Academic All-PacWest honors. Whiddon finished his playing career ranked in the top-10 for Goals Against Average, Wins, Goalie Games Played, and Goalie Minutes Played.
While still in college, Whiddon started his coaching career at Palomar Community College as the Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach for their men’s program from 2015-16. He also gained experience as the Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach for Rancho Buena Vista High School boys’ varsity team in 2016. Once completing his senior season at CUI, Whiddon went on to coach at San Diego Surf Soccer Club.
Prior to college, he played for San Diego Surf Soccer Club from 2000-07 until moving to London, England to play for West Ham United’s Youth Academy and Bolton Wonderer’s Youth Academy for a year. Whiddon returned to California to compete with his club and then participated in the U.S. Youth National Team camps.
The Carlsbad, California, native earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from NAU and master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from CUI.
Whiddon joins Chris Doran to round out Coach Potter’s staff for 2019-20. “With the addition of Chris and Will, we have assembled a coaching staff that will help our student athletes grow daily both on and off the field,” said Potter.