LaGrange College

LaGrange College Athletics
601 Broad Street LaGrange, GA 30240
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Very Small National competitor


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Ryan Dickson

Ryan Dickson was named the men's soccer head coach following the 2017 season. The Portadown, Northern Ireland native came to LaGrange after being a volunteer coach at Emmanuel (Ga.) College for two seasons. Dickson came as a graduate assistant in the summer of 2015 to pursue a masters in philanthropy and development degree and assist the men’s soccer program. During his time at LC, the Panthers won their first ever USA South conference game and he helped lead the team during the 2017 season in qualifying for the conference tournament for the first time.

“I am very excited to get this opportunity to become the head coach at LaGrange College. It makes it even more exciting as I have already worked with these players for three seasons, and every year that I have been here we have been reaching new heights," said Dickson. "I would like to thank Matthew Evans for guiding me along the way for the last few years and leaving me with a good group of players, also I would like to thank Jennifer Claybrook for giving me this opportunity to continue to take this program forward. Go Panthers!”

In Northern Ireland, Dickson played for his local club Portadown FC and made his first semi pro debut at the age of 18. He then moved to Loughgall FC where he played in the Irish League for two seasons before coming to the United States. At the youth level he represented his local County Armagh for three years in the world famous Milk Cup tournament. He was also part of Manchester United's school of excellence for four years and also the Northern Ireland schools boy development programs.

He started his collegiate career at South Carolina-Salkehatchie Junior College where he scored 10 goals and had 9 assists. Dickson was named to the All-Region first 11 twice. He then transferred to Emmanuel College where he played another two years where he helped EC with an overall 21-16-2 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference. He scored seven goals and had nine assists in 38 starts.

Dickson graduated from Emmanuel in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He helped Emmanuel to a 16-20-2 record as they transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

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Connor Liney

Connor Liney enters his second season as a graduate-assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at LaGrange College in 2020.

Liney was a four-year starter at center back for the Panthers from 2015-18. He recorded six assists during his senior campaign, which were the most on the team and tied for fifth most in the USA South.

During his junior and senior campaigns, LaGrange qualified for the USA South Tournament. The 2018 team recorded the program's most wins (10) in a single season since the 1993 campaign. In total, Liney posted 11 assists in 71 career games.

Liney recorded his first-collegiate goal, which stood up as the game-winning tally, during a 1-0 victory over visiting Toccoa Falls on Oct. 6, 2015.

Liney earned the Panthers’ Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017 and 2018. He represented LaGrange on the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team during the 2018 campaign.

During his time as a Panther, Liney was an active member on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The driven student-athlete served as the head staff member for the LaGrange College orientation program, while also working as the director of finance at LCMiracle and a mentor for Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow (LIFT) on campus.

Liney worked as an information-technology and a human-resources intern at Priority Payment Systems in Alpharetta, Georgia. He also served in an intern capacity at Counseling Services, Inc., in LaGrange.

Liney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from LaGrange in 2019 and is working toward a master’s in clinical mental-health counseling.

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