Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC's First Men's Soccer Coach Hired

October 9, 2012 - Brevard Community College announced the hiring Tuesday of Oliver Twelvetrees as its inaugural men's soccer coach. Twelvetrees also will serve as BCC's strength and conditioning coach.

Twelvetrees, a native of Swansea City in Wales, Great Britain, will start at BCC in December once he completes his seventh season as the head coach of the men's soccer program at Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS.

BCC's men's soccer program begins play at the NJCAA's Division I level next fall.

"We are very excited to add Oliver to our staff as our new men's soccer coach," said BCC Athletic Director Jeff Carr. "He has had great success at Barton and we know he will have one of the top programs in the country here at BCC. 

"He is an exceptional coach and a fantastic person. We are very fortunate to have him coming to Brevard. I can't wait for him to come on board in December."

Twelvetrees is thrilled as well.

"I am excited to start something special at Brevard," he said. "All the resources are there to make this program one of the best junior college men's soccer programs in the nation. 

"It is an honor to be selected as the first men's soccer coach in Titans athletics history. I want to personally thank the Athletic Director Jeff Carr and President Dr. James H. Richey for putting faith in me to lead the program. It is my goal to run the program with a strong purpose and vision to develop, graduate and educate the best young soccer players in Florida. I will recruit the type of student athletes that Brevard County can be proud of both on and off the pitch."

Twelvetrees has a specific type of player in mind for his recruits, a specific style of play and a specific goal for his players.

"I will recruit players with high levels of technical ability and athleticism, players who have great feet and who are exciting to watch," he said. "I will instill steel and determination into these players to create a hardworking and highly competitive team. We will always build up our attack from the back and play through the midfield with all the players being comfortable on the ball. Our goal will be to maintain ball possession, attacking with numbers and a purpose. We will be organized defensively and very difficult to break down. 

"The players graduating from my program will be ready to take the step in their soccer careers into the NCAA, NAIA or professional soccer."

Twelvetrees, who holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, led Barton to its highest finish in school history and two straight appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament.

Despite not reaching the national tournament in 2011, Twelvetrees led the Cougars to a 16-4 record. His 2010 team finished 21-4-1 with a second straight national tournament appearance, finishing third.

In 2009, the Cougars finished with a 20-4-1 record and a seventh-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament.

So far this season, Barton is 10-2-1 bringing Twelvetrees' coaching record to 121-21-3.

Twelvetrees moved to Barton from NCAA Division II Wayne State College in Nebraska where he was the head coach of the women's soccer team. Twelvetrees also served as an assistant at Division II Bemidji State University in Minnesota for two seasons.

He played soccer in Europe and graduated from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom in 1999. Twelvetrees earned his master's degree at Bemidji State in 2004. He has achieved his Advanced National NSCAA Diploma coaching credential.

The addition of men's soccer and women's tennis will bring the number of intercollegiate athletic teams at BCC to nine making it the only NJCAA institution in Florida with that number.

The hiring process for a women's tennis coach is ongoing.