In December, Jonathan Potter was named as the new men’s soccer Head Coach at Robert Morris University.
While he’s finally had a chance to meet his players this week, Potter’s described his experience thus far in Pittsburgh as a whirlwind.
In the latest edition of Sounding Off on Soccer, Potter joins PSN’s John Krysinsky to talk about his first month on the job, getting acqainted to Pittsburgh, his coaching and leadership philosophy, about the support he has from Robert Morris University leadership, stepping into a men’s soccer program with strong tradition that has been building itself into a very competitive side in a new league, competing in the Horizon League and much more.
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Potter, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., joins RMU after spending the last seven seasons as the head coach at Presbyterian. Taking the reins of a program that finished last in RPI in NCAA Division I the season prior to being named head coach of the Blue Hose, in just his second season Potter guided Presbyterian to the 2017 Big South Conference Tournament title and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Blue Hose finished with a mark of 10-5-2 (.647), helping Presbyterian notch consecutive winning seasons for the first time ever and in the process establishing program records for wins and winning percentage.
Potter will be taking over for Jason O’Keefe, who resigned in November to move closer to home. O’Keefe was hired in November 2020, and helped with the transition of the program into the first three seasons in the Horizon League (2020-21, 2021 and 2022).
O’Keefe helped guide the Colonials to berths in the Horizon League Tournament in each of the last two seasons. In the first round of the 2022 #HLMSOC Championships (11/6/22) last weekend in Rochester, Mich., the Colonials tied No. 4 seed Oakland, 2-2, with the Golden Grizzlies advancing thanks to a 6-5 edge in penalty kicks.