ACADEMY DIRECTOR JONATHAN POTTER
Jonathan Potter is entering is first season as head coach of the Presbyterian College men's soccer team.
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.
Prior to 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.