Staff
Head Coach
Tyson John

Tyson John is in his third season as the head women’s soccer coach at USC Upstate.

In just his third season at the helm of the Spartans trireme, head coach Tyson John has steered the women’s soccer team to new heights. The Spartans ended the 2018 season with a Division I school record of 11 wins, besting their previous total of six wins during the 2017 campaign. USC Upstate set school records in points (93), goals (37), assists (19), shots attempted (327), goals against average (1.43) and shutouts (8).

For the first time in the Division I era the Spartans had a trio of players named to the All-Conference team. Jada Kinlaw (Greenville, S.C.), Abbie Ellis (Clemmons, N.C.) and Emelie Valenciano (Zarcero, Costa Rica) were all named to the Big South Second-Team. Ellis and Valenciano were also named to the Big South All-Tournament Team, another first for the women’s soccer program.

John led the 2017 Spartans to the greatest season in school history in record-setting fashion. Upstate’s 6-10-1 record set a program record for wins as well as fewest losses. The Spartans scored a record-breaking 27 goals and tallied a program-best 1.59 goals per game while attempting the highest number of corner kicks ever at 75. Upstate was strong on the back line as well as surrendering 32 goals, the second-fewest in team history, while only allowing 80 corner kicks. John earned his 100th career win on Sept. 16 as the Spartans earned their first-ever win over UNC Asheville. Upstate also defeated North Florida for the first time in the Division I era with a 2-1 victory.

Prior to arriving in Spartanburg, John compiled a 74-23-4 record in five seasons at Martin Methodist, including five consecutive NAIA Tournament appearances and two straight visits to the NAIA Quarterfinals. He was named the TSAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. As the head coach of the Redhawks, John coached 13 NAIA All-Americans and two NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Before joining Martin Methodist, John spent two seasons at Lyon College where he went 22-6-3 during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In seven seasons of coaching, John has put together an overall record of 96-29-7 with all 29 losses coming to teams ranked in the national top 25.

In John's seven seasons of coaching, he has directed 17 NAIA All-Americans and had six players earn NAIA scholar-athlete honors. A total of 12 players under John's direction have represented their national team. Fabiola Sanchez, a four-time All-American and 2015 SSAC Defensive Player of the Year, saw action in the World Cup and the Olympics for Costa Rica while three-time All-American and 2015 SSAC Offensive Player of the Year Jennifer Munoz started every match for Guatemala in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers.

John began his coaching career as an assistant coach with United Soccer League (USL) W-League FC Fredericksburg Gunner Women from 2007-09 and assisted the team in technical training, conditioning, fitness training and game plan preparation. During this time, John was also the head coach of the USL Women’s Super 20, USL Super Y Girls 16, USL Super Y Girls 14 and USL Super Girls 13.

A three-time NAIA All-American at Ottawa University and Southern Wesleyan University from 2005-07, John earned three All-Conference selections as well as three NAIA All-Region First Team awards. He garnered NSCAA South Region Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. John was chosen as the Southern Wesleyan University Male Athlete of the Year in 2007.

John played professionally for five seasons in the USL/PDL as well as the PASL. He is a native of Southern California.

Assistant Coach
Liz Manner

Liz Manner is in her third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the USC Upstate women’s soccer program.

The Sunflower State native assisted in the Spartans record breaking 2018 season. The Spartans ended the 2018 season with a Division I school record of 11 wins, besting their previous total of six wins during the 2017 campaign. USC Upstate set school records in points (93), goals (37), assists (19), shots attempted (327), goals against average (1.43) and shutouts (8). For the first time in the Division I era the Spartans had a trio of players named to the All-Conference team. Jada Kinlaw (Greenville, S.C.), Abbie Ellis (Clemmons, N.C.) and Emelie Valenciano (Zarcero, Costa Rica) were all named to the Big South Second-Team. Ellis and Valenciano were also named to the Big South All-Tournament Team, another first for the women’s soccer program.

Manner assisted the 2017 Spartans to the greatest season in school history in record-setting fashion. Upstate’s 6-10-1 record set a program record for wins as well as fewest losses. The Spartans scored a record-breaking 27 goals and tallied a program-best 1.59 goals per game while attempting the highest number of corner kicks ever at 75. Upstate was strong on the back line as well as surrendering 32 goals, the second-fewest in team history, while only allowing 80 corner kicks.

Manner comes to Upstate after coaching two years for the Pride Soccer Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. While at Pride Soccer Club, she coached a pair of U-13 teams as well as the Pride Soccer Developmental Winter Clinics and Summer Camp.

Manner played at Lyon College where she was a team captain for three-and-a-half seasons and earned Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete accolades during the 2010 and 2011 seasons while graduating Suma Cum Laude. Manner played for John during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

She was the first recipient of the Elizabeth Fuller Award (named after her), which is awarded to the senior who shows the greatest leadership, sportsmanship and work ethic.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Manner played her prep career at Wichita High School East where she lettered four years in soccer and two in volleyball. Manner earned Second Team All-State honors in soccer.

She graduated from Lyon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Art degree in psychology while also owning a Master of Science in criminal justice.