Brian Purcell (Head Women’s Soccer Coach)
Brian Purcell just completed his 29th year as the head coach of the Presbyterian College women’s soccer program. He is the longest serving head coach in the PC athletic department. Serving as the program’s only head coach since its inception in 1989, Purcell has posted an overall mark of 244-197-22.
The Decatur, Ga. native graduated from PC in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Social Studies and went on to earn his master’s from the U.S. Sports Academy in 1989. Purcell currently resides in Greenwood, SC, with his wife Kim and their two sons Jay (19) and Will (16).
Under Purcell’s guidance, the Blue Hose had their best year in the history of the program in 1999. The 15-2-1 squad spent a week at No. 1 on the NSCAA/adidas rankings and finished eighth in the Coaches Poll. PC captured its sixth SAC title and hosted a first-round match of the Division II national tournament against Belmont Abbey. Purcell was recognized as the NSCAA/adidas Southeast Region Coach of the Year and SAC Coach of the Year for his success with the team.
Purcell is a seven-time SAC Coach of the Year winner and earned National NSCAA Coach of the Year accolades in 1994 after leading the Blue Hose to a 15-3 record.
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Tanner Osborne (Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach)
Osborne begins his second year as the full time assistant with the Women’s Soccer program at PC. Tanner was four-year letterman at PC who graduated in the spring of 2014 with a psychology degree and athletic coaching minor. Prior to his role with the PC Women’s team he served as the second assistant with the PC Men’s Soccer program. Tanner has worked dozens of camps and brings a wealth of experience to the PC Soccer Camp Staff. A Goalkeeper in his playing days, Osborne coordinates all Goalkeeper training at the camp.