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Jeff Carr, BCC Athletic Director
BCC Soccer, Volleyball Teams Begin Practice
Aug. 1, 2012 - Brevard Community College launched its fall sports seasons on Wednesday as the women's soccer and volleyball teams held their first practices.
Under Athletic Director and head coach Jeff Carr and his staff, the soccer team got under way with a grueling fitness practice at 6:30 AM on the outfield portion of the Bruce Bochy Baseball Field. Carr followed up by putting his players through drills at 10 AM and a scrimmage at 2 PM.
Assistant volleyball coach and former BCC player Kim Tokumoto put the team through a 90-minute workout in the Cocoa campus YMCA pool at 9 AM and she, her husband and head coach Herb Tokumoto and assistant coach Pete Klonowski welcomed the players to a 4-7 PM practice in the newly-named and soon to be refurbished gym, the Titan Coliseum. The gym has been painted and this fall will get a new wood floor for the first time..
Carr's message to his team was simple: The goal is to win the national championship and the drive to that began with the morning's fitness test and sprints. To reinforce the message he mandated the players wear their burnt-orange colored T-shirts as a reminder that the defending national champion is Tyler Junior College of Texas. Burnt orange is associated with Texas since it is the main color of the University of Texas athletic teams.
For his part Tokumoto stressed that the beginning of volleyball season was the beginning of a journey for each player.
"This is a beginning for each of them, that we see them as what they choose to be not what they were," he said. "Your journey has been filled with paths and this path has brought you to this point to us, to our program.
"This will be challenging. School and volleyball will be hard. It will seem like it won't end. Then it will be over but the journey will continue. They will be treated as adults and the responsibility that comes with it. Our goal is multi-faceted. Academically we want them to achieve to the utmost, athletically to be able to achieve the next level, be a good, forthright human beings."
Soccer opens with scrimmages against Flagler College (Aug. 17), at Florida Tech (Aug. 22), at Eckerd College (Aug. 25) and at Webber International (Aug. 29) before beginning its regular season at 2 PM Sept. 1 against St. Louis Community College at Viera Regional Park. Volleyball begins at the Florida State College at Jacksonville tournament on Aug. 24-25.
Volleyball will christen the new floor on Oct. 9, hosting Miami Dade.
Soccer finished 9-4-1 in 2011, its second season of existence, and missed qualifying for the NJCAA Division I national championship tournament by one goal. The tournament returns to Melbourne Central Catholic Nov. 12-17 and it is the aim of Carr and his players to be the winning participant and not just the host.
Volleyball finished 19-20 last season, its best performance since 2005.
The golf team, under head coach Jamie Howell, is expected to begin practice on Aug. 17 at the Fred Gay Golf Academy/Home Training Facility Driving Range in Cocoa. Its six-tournament fall schedule begins Sept. 10-11 at Wallace State in Alabama.
Softball and baseball, which like golf hold their main seasons in the spring, play informal fall seasons. Softball is set to begin practice at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at its Palm Bay campus field and games in September. Baseball will begin practice on Aug. 31 in advance of games beginning in September.