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Tanner Osborne

Tanner Osborne

Tanner Osborne joined the Gamecock staff as an Assistant Coach in the spring of 2024.

“We are very excited to welcome Tanner Osborne to our staff” Smith said. “We have known Tanner for a long time as a fellow college coach in the state, and have always been impressed by him working together over the years.  We are thrilled to be adding the type of person he is to our program, in addition to the years of coaching experience he brings. He is such a great addition to our staff and mentor for our players, and we are all celebrating that he is now officially joining our Gamecock Soccer family!”

Osborne, a South Carolina native, comes to the Gamecocks from having just completed his eighth season with the Presbyterian women’s soccer team. In the spring of 2023 he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. Osborne’s duties ranged from helping implement, coordinate, and run training sessions, acting as a recruiting coordinator, and working as the team’s goalkeeper coach.

During Osborne’s eight years with the program, he helped coach PC back into the Big South Conference tournament (2019), improve win totals, and get numerous players to post-season All-Conference selections.

Following the 2023 campaign, Lina Marie-Muller was named to the Big South All-Conference 2nd Team and the Big South All-Freshman Team. Sophomore, Sloan Spees was selected Big South All Conference Honorable Mention, and Junior Kelly Hall was selected for back-to-back seasons to the Big South All-Academic Team. In that same season, six Blue Hose players were selected for the CSC Academic All-District team.

In the 2022 campaign, Sloan Spees was named to the Big South All-Freshman team, while the Blue Hose set a new program best with five College Sports Communicators Academic All-District performers off the field.

In 2021, Kori Lawrence and Morgan Hutchison were named to the league’s second-team all-conference, while Kristen Bane and Sydni Dachs earned honorable mention. Megan Serrano set a single-season record with a 1.07 GAA. In 2019, Morgan Hutchison, Kristen Bane, Preston Robinette, and Kori Lawrence all garnered such awards. Hutchison claimed 2nd team All-Conference while Bane claimed All-Conference Honorable Mention. Robinette was tabbed an All–Academic award winner and Lawrence was selected for the All–Tournament team following the 2019 Big South Conference Tournament. During the 2018 season Kelsey Yeager received 1st team All–Conference along with an All–Academic selection. Osborne helped coach and guide Lawrence to an All–Freshman team selection during her freshman campaign in 2018. In 2017 he helped guide Kelsey Yeager to an All-Conference Honorable Mention spot and Sarah Yoss was selected for the All–Academic team. In Osborne’s first season in 2016, Kia Mattison was selected to the All-Academic team.

Along with coaching the Blue Hose, Osborne was an assistant coach with the USL II South Carolina United Bantams, South Carolina ODP, and was involved in private training for youth players.

Osborne joined the Bantams in 2018. On top of being an assistant, Osborne oversaw their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teams’ goalkeepers. In 2019 under Osborne’s direction, he coached the USL II Team of the Year GK (Bobby Edwards) and Southern Conference Team of the Year GK (Bobby Edwards). Edwards signed with Portadown Football Club in Northern Ireland in July 2019 and recently signed with FC Cincinnati of the MLS in January 2020. During Osborne’s five seasons with the Bantams, he coached and guided three players who are now playing professionally. In 2018 along with coaching Bobby Edwards he guided and coached Ian McGrane. McGrane most recently signed with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies in February of 2020. In 2021, goalkeeper Sean Murray competed for the Bantams and then signed with FC Tuscon of USL One in January 2022.

Prior to working with the women’s team, Osborne spent two seasons working as an assistant coach for the Blue Hose men’s soccer team and six years as the assistant varsity coach and goalkeeper coach at Lexington High School.

Osborne graduated from Presbyterian College in 2014 with a degree in psychology and a minor in athletic coaching. He was a four-year player for the Blue Hose, playing in eight games in net his sophomore year, five his junior year, and five his senior year.

During his high school career, Osborne was a four-year varsity player at Lexington High School in Lexington, SC, where he earned All-State honors as a senior, was named All-Region Player of the Year, and was also on the All-Region and All-Area teams.

Osborne currently holds his USSF C license and will be pursuing his B License. He holds his USC level I and II goalkeeper license as well.