Potts picks Loyola Marymount, rounds out signings for Lake Tahoe CC soccer programs
When Jordan Potts first came to America to play soccer and pursue a college education, he almost immediately wanted to return to his native England. Two years later, the Lake Tahoe Community College center midfielder is glad he stayed.
“I’m a very happy man,” Potts said. “I appreciate all of the support everyone has given me.”
Potts took the next step in his soccer career Monday by signing with Loyola Marymount University during a ceremony at LTCC. By putting pen to paper and committing to the Los Angeles school, he became the last sophomore from the Coyotes’ inaugural men’s soccer team to sign with a four-year university.
“Back home I’d just be working a standard job, but over here I can do a lot more and get my degree,” Potts said. “There’s more opportunity in America than there is back home, so I appreciate the opportunity to be out here.”
In signing with LMU, Potts completed a milestone for the Coyotes’ first-year soccer programs. All eligible sophomores on both the men’s and women’s teams will play at four-year schools next fall — a goal both teams set before the 2014 season.
“I’m happy for everyone — we’ve all worked so hard and it hasn’t been easy for the majority of us,” the Stockport, England native said. “There’s been obstacles in the way, but I’m glad everyone has made the move they’ve wanted to.”
For Potts, Loyola Marymount was the move he ultimately decided to make. He chose the Lions over Hope International University, and joins a team that finished fourth in the West Coast Conference with a 9-6-4 overall record last season.
“I wanted to go to a place where they’ll be competing for stuff,” Potts said. I want to win conferences, I want to win nationals — and I believe this is a team that can do it.
“It was inevitable that I would go somewhere — it was just about finding that right move.”
Potts plans to pursue a degree in graphic design, and would eventually like to create a clothing line or work in architecture. He has two weeks until starting preseason training with Loyola Marymount, and expects to contend for a central midfield spot — last season with LTCC he started 10 games and finished with a goal and two assists.
“I think I’ll definitely be fighting for a spot — at the end of the day it’s my spot to lose,” Potts said. “As long as I keep fighting and working hard, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
As he moves forward with his soccer and education, Potts looks back fondly on LTCC’s inaugural 2014 season. Though he and his teammates will be playing across the country this fall, Potts said they will always have a bond from the season they spent as Coyotes.
“The bond we’ve got is unbelievable — we’re all best mates and we’ll all stay in touch definitely,” Potts said. “It’s a bit hard that we all have to leave each other because we had a good team and won’t get to play with each other again — but we’ll stay friends forever and be friends for life.”
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