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Clayton State University

Clayton State University Athletics
2000 Clayton State Blvd. Morrow, GA 30260
Division 2 Georgia Southeast
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Pete Peterson

Pete Petersen joined Laker Nation in April of 2004 and is the second longest active member of the Clayton State Athletic Department behind only Mike Mead of cross country and track & field.


Clayton State Career Highlights


- 164 career wins


- Six PBC Championships


- PBC Coach of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010, 2019)


- NSCAA Region Coach of the Year (2010)


- 10 All-American Selections


- Two COSIDA Academic All-America Selections (2019, Spring 2021)


- 57 All-Region Selections


- Four PBC Players of the Year (2007, 2009, 2010, 2019)


- Four PBC Freshmen of the Year (2007, 2008, 2010, 2017)


- Two PBC Tournament MVPs (2005, 2007)


One of the most successful coaches in Clayton State Athletics history, Petersen has represented the Lakers since 2004. During his run as leader of the men’s soccer program, he has compiled a 164-117-24 record while going 66-54-10 in Peach Belt Conference play.


Over the course of his career at Clayton State, Petersen has won six PBC titles and a Southeast Region Championship that came in 2010 when his team reached the Elite Eight for the first and only time in program history.


The 2019 season would see a resurgent year for Petersen as the Lakers finished the season with a 14-6 record, tying a program record for the third most wins in a season. That season saw six All-Region selections, the most since 2010, and three All-American selections. The team also had 12 conference weekly honors, marking the most for a Clayton State men’s soccer team.


Ryan King earned two of the All-American selections, two All-Region selections, was named PBC Player of the Year, first-team All-PBC and was awarded the league’s Gold Ball Award, which is given to the conference’s leading scorer.


Petersen also earned recognition as he picked up his fourth Conference Coach of the Year Award. In addition to the on-the-field honors, the Lakers made it count in the classroom as they earned a 3.3 team GPA and saw Dusan Stankovic earn PBC Elite 15 honors. At the conclusion of the season, Tim Neusesser became the first men's soccer player to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America.


After the spring 2021 season, Mitro Turunen joined Neusesser in the Academic All-America club. The duo represents two of the seven selections.


Over the course of the men’s soccer history, the Lakers have advanced to six NCAA tournament and have claimed eight PBC titles. Petersen has been responsible for four of the NCAA trips and six of the PBC titles.


He led the team to the NCAA Tournament in three of his first four years (2004, 2005, 2007) before making a fourth trip in 2010. That year would be the most successful in program history as the Lakers went 19-4 overall and won three straight one goal games to earn the Southeast Regional championship and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in team history. Following those wins over Lees-McRae (2-1), Flagler (1-0) and Anderson (1-0), it would take overtime for Rollins to slip past them by a 3-2 score in the national semifinals.


That season saw three All-American selections, 10 All-Region selections, PBC Player of the Year, PBC Freshman of the Year, PBC Coach of the Year and NSCAA Region Coach of the Year.


Four times his teams have finished the season in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings, including No. 15 in 2004, No. 12 in 2005, No. 22 in 2007 and No. 5 in 2010. The 2019 campaign also saw the Lakers reach as high as No. 19 in the country.


Petersen has coached 10 of the program’s 13 All-Americans and 57 of 63 All-Region selections.


Prior to Clayton State, Petersen served as an assistant coach at Presbyterian for one season after spending six seasons as head coach at Spartanburg Methodist. While there, he finished with a 79-28-6 record and helped lead his 1994 team to a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship. He was named NSCAA Coach of the Year following that season.


In 2012, he was named to the Spartanburg Methodist Hall of Honor.


Following his National Championship at Spartanburg Methodist, Petersen spent six seasons in the United Soccer Leagues where he worked with the South Carolina Shamrocks (1994-96), Jacksonville Cyclones (1997-98), Raleigh Capital Express (1999) and Atlanta Silverbacks (2000-01).


On May 28, 1999, the Express started veteran U.S. Women’s National Team forward Wendy Gebauer against the Boston Bulldogs. Already a member of the first Women’s World Cup Championship Team in 1991, she became the first woman to suit up in a professional men’s soccer game in the United States.


Petersen earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Presbyterian College where he was a four-year standout for the Blue Hose men’s soccer program. He scored 34 career goals including 13 in 1984 when he was named an NSCAA and NAIA All-American.


A long-standing member of the United Soccer Coaches, previously named the NSCAA, Petersen also holds a United State Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” License, National Goalkeeping License and is a United Soccer Coaches Premier certified coach. Additionally, these memberships and certifications have presented opportunities for him to coach 10 national team members (both the United States and other nations), 11 Major League Soccer players and five “A” League All-Stars.


After completing his studies at Presbyterian, Petersen enlisted in the United States Army from 1985-88. During that time he served as a First Lieutenant and Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Following his time in the Army, Petersen earned a Master’s in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in 1989.

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Avery Shepard

A former Laker and four-time All-Southeast Region selection, Avery Shepard returned to Clayton State as assistant men’s soccer coach in July of 2018 and enters his second year on staff.


CLAYTON STATE (2018-PRESENT)


A key member of the staff, Shepard helped guide the Lakers to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Semifinals for a second consecutive year. They earned that trip following an epic 0-0 (5-4 PK) shootout victory over North Georgia in the Quarterfinals on the road in Dahlonega.


In addition to his on field work, he has been instrumental in managing the day-to-day operations of the men’s soccer program and also handles the team’s social media presence.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Shepard has played professionally for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) for the past three seasons (2016-18).


In that time he has helped lead the club to the postseason and the 2016 and 2018 NPSL Southeast Conference Championships. He has also notched three game winning goals for the Silverbacks and has led the club in goals per minute.


COLLEGIATE PLAYING CAREER


CLAYTON STATE (2014-15)


Prior to making the jump to the professional ranks, Shepard played two years at Clayton State in 2014 and 2015, joining the program following his first two seasons with nearby NAIA Southern Poly Tech. During that stretch he made his mark as he recorded 23 goals and four assists for 50 points on his way to a number of awards.


Following his junior season of 2014, in which he produced 12 goals and 25 points, the Kennesaw, Georgia native was named to a pair of All-Southeast Region teams, collecting Daktronics Second-Team and NSCAA Third-Team honors while being named an All-Peach Belt Conference First-Team selection.


He would follow that up with an even more impressive campaign as a senior, registering 11 goals and three assists for another 25 points. That netted him All-Southeast Region Second-Team recognition with both the NSCAA and Daktronics, giving him four such honors over the course of two seasons.


It also capped a season in which he earned his second straight All-PBC First-Team selection and first ever PBC Gold Ball Award. The latter represents the league’s leading goal scorer and was just the third time a Laker had achieved that feat in program history.


SOUTHERN POLY (2011-13)


While at Southern Poly, Shepard played in 29 games and helped lead the program to a sterling 32-9-3 overall record and back-to-back berths in the NAIA Elite Eight.


As a sophomore in 2012 he played in 22 games with eight starts and notched seven goals and an assist for 15 points on a 15-6-1 club. His first year would see him contribute a pair of goals and an assist for a team that went 17-3-2. That season resulted in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship while the club earned a runner-up finish in his second season.


EDUCATION


A 2016 graduate of Clayton State, Shepard earned a degree in Marketing in May of that year.

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Trent Orndorf

Trent Orndorf joined Laker Nation in 2011 and has worked with the goalkeepers for both the men’s and women’s programs at Clayton State.


Working for both programs as an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach, Orndorf has coached all 13 Peach Belt Conference Goalkeeper of the Week winners. Former women’s keeper Charlotte McCormack leads all goalkeepers with five awards, just beating out Theo Blachon who has earned the award four times.


Viltsu Tuumi and Nick Punter each added two PBC weekly awards.


Blachon also earned first-team All-PBC and first-team All-Southeast Region honors in 2019 after helping the Lakers to a 14-6 record. He accounted for 86 saves and two assists and finished the season with a 0.98 goals against average.


Outside of Clayton State, Orndorf has worked in the professional, collegiate and club ranks for over 30 years. He has been on the coaching staffs at both NAIA Life University and NCAA Division I Georgia State. He has also served as the goalkeeper coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the A-League and the Atlanta Blackhawks of the PDL.


In 2021, Orndorf was named the First Team Assistant for The Georgia Storm, which competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). In this role, he responsible for training and player development.


In the Storm’s inaugural season, they finished the season ranked second in the Southeast Conference and led the conference in goals scored (26) and fewest goals allowed (9).


The Storm had three players, Fabian Pekruhl (GK), Wilfried Kamdem Tchoupa (MF), and Stephen Bivens (F), selected to the All-Conference team while Kamdem was named to the All-Region Team.


Additionally, he has trained and coached a number of current and former professional goalkeepers, including several who were or are currently in the United States and Irish National Team programs. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Roswell Santos Soccer Club and coached in various positions for over 20 years on the Georgia and Colorado ODP staffs. He is also a Georgia Soccer Coaching Instructor and runs USSF and United Soccer Coaches (USC) courses across the country.


A native of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Orndorf played collegiately at Northeastern Christian Junior College in Philadelphia. He led the Knights to their only two winning seasons and set the school’s single-season and career records for saves. He went on to play three years in the Rio Grande Interregional Soccer League (RGISL) for Las Cruces.


Orndorf’s professional playing career included stints with the El Paso Spurs of the IUSISL and El Paso Patriots of the SISL.


A veteran of the United States Army, Orndorf holds a Masters of Administration (Leadership) and a Graduate Certificate in Training Development from Central Michigan University. He also holds a USSF “A” and a USSF National Youth License.


Orndorf has two sons, Nolan and Gareth. Gareth is a member of the men’s soccer program at Clayton State.

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Jordan Davis

Davis returned to Clayton State in August of 2021 after spending two seasons at Columbus State.


From 2009-14, Davis worked under Petersen and was on staff for the best season in program history when the 2010 squad reached the NCAA Elite Eight.


Outside of Clayton State, Davis serves as a youth club director for Southern Soccer Academy in Atlanta, working as the club's college recruiting coordinator since 2008. While at Southern Soccer Academy, Davis helped teams to State Cup titles, participated in regional and national events, and traveled abroad for coaching trips in England and Italy.


Additionally, Davis has worked on the US Soccer Olympic Development Program Region Staff, Georgia ODP, and has previous collegiate experience at Columbus State University (women's soccer) and the University of West Georgia (women's soccer).


In 2016, Davis was hired as the first head coach for Peachtree City MOBA in the Premier Development League and also has USL experience coaching with the Atlanta Metros U20 men's and women's teams.


He played four seasons of collegiate soccer, splitting time at Georgia State University (2002-05) and Charleston Southern University (2001). He graduated from GSU in 2005 with a bachelor of science in psychology and is currently working on his master's of coaching education and kinesiology degree.


As a professional, Davis played in the NASL with the Atlanta Silverbacks along with playing in the PDL in Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Va. and the NPSL with the Georgia Revolution. In 2011, Davis was the only player to compete in all 28 league games of the NASL season with the Silverbacks. He is also an avid runner, qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Davis currently holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma.


Jordan is married to the former Chrissy Culver, and resides with his wife and stepson, Michael, in Marietta, Ga. Chrissy Davis, an All-SEC forward for Auburn University Women's Soccer (2001-2004), is in her 17th year teaching at Cherokee High School and coaches the girls soccer team.

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