Lee Soccer Field


The Lee Soccer Field was constructed in 1989 and serves as the home pitch for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs. The facility was renovated in 2011 with the addition of new locker rooms and meeting areas for both the Flames and Lady Flames. Read More

Derek Potteiger

Head Coach


Derek Potteiger, a two-time All-American at Penn State University and former first assistant at the United States Naval Academy (2009-13), has been named Lee University’s men’s soccer coach.


Lee athletic director Larry Carpenter announced that Potteiger would become the new head coach at Lee, an institution of over five thousand students in Cleveland, Tennessee, on Thursday morning while attending the 2017 NCAA Convention in Nashville. At Penn State, Potteiger was selected All-Big 10 four times and captained the soccer team for three seasons, finishing with a 3.5 GPA.


“We are excited to have coach Potteiger join our coaching staff and to lead the men’s soccer program,” said Carpenter. “He is an outstanding coach with experience at both the NCAA DI and DIII levels.  He has transformed the soccer program at Gordon College, which is a small DIII school in the Boston area, and he should thrive at a larger DII institution like Lee which offers such excellent resources and athletic reputation.




Kwame Appiah

Assistant Coach


Kwame, a native of Asamankese, Ghana, enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Lee men’s soccer program in 2017.


Kwame played collegiately for Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio). After graduation, the center-back standout spent one year as a graduate assistant at Heidelberg University (Tiffin, Ohio).


Kwame anchored a Mount Vernon defense which posted 15 shutouts in 2009 en route to the NAIA national tournament, where he received all-tournament honors. In 2010, the Cougars finished with overall record of 17-7-2 and 11 shutouts. During his senior year, Kwame was a co-captain and helped maintained great leadership both on off the field of play.




Gabe Franco

Graduate Assistant Coach


Said head coach Derek Potteiger:

“Gabe had a great playing career here at Lee and it’s been great to see his passion for the program and school only increase since he graduated.  It really speaks to his character to invest in the way he has both in the day to day operations of the program but also relationally with the guys.”


“Not all good players make good coaches, but Gabe certainly has the ability to be a great coach.  He will have a lot of opportunities in front of him and am thankful he is spending these couple extra years here with his alma mater.”


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