BCC Men’s Soccer To Conduct First-Ever Camp

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Brevard Community College’s new intercollegiate men’s soccer program will hold its first-ever event, a camp and combine for boys ages 14 to 18 this weekend in Melbourne.

Oliver Twelvetrees is the first-ever men’s soccer coach in the history of Brevard Community College. (image courtesy Brevard Community College)

The event will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at BCC’s Melbourne Campus.

The men’s program debuts in the fall of 2013 under the direction of head coach Oliver Twelvetrees who also will direct the camp.

“The goal of this unique camp is provide players with a clear evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses,” Twelvetrees said. “Players will be tested in all areas of the game and evaluated in accordance with the NSCAA National Standards Project.

“We will test the players dribbling, first touch, passing, ball striking, speed, strength and flexibility. The players also will be given insight into what it takes to be a collegiate athlete. Our staff of college coaches will also evaluate the players’ tactical, technical and psychological game in small-sided and 11 vs. 11 match play.”

Cost of the camp is $50 and includes lunch, T-shirt and full player evaluations.

A brochure with more information and a registration form can be downloaded from the men’s soccer program website at www.brevardcc.edu/go/menssoccer.

Assisting Twelvetrees with the camp will be BCC Athletic Director and head women’s soccer coach Jeff Carr, who led the Titans to a national second-place finish and a record of 16-2 in 2012, and Graeme Japp, assistant men’s coach at NCAA Division II Rollins College in Winter Park.

Jeff Carr is athletic director and women’s soccer coach for Brevard Community College. (Image courtesy of Brevard Community College)

The addition of men’s soccer and women’s tennis, set to debut next fall, brings the number of intercollegiate sports at BCC to nine making it the only NJCAA institution in Florida with that many.

The women’s soccer program, added just three years ago, and the golf team have been the most successful of late with the women coming within a goal of competing in the national tournament in 2011 and reaching the national final in 2012 and the golf team reaching the national tournament for 10 straight years.

Also this year BCC’s men’s basketball team is off to its best start in 13 seasons with a 13-4 record.

Expectations are high for a successful debut for men’s soccer and the camp will help lay the foundation.

“The reason behind this camp is to identify the players in Brevard County and beyond who have the potential to play for the Titans’ first-ever men’s soccer team,” Twelvetrees said. “I am looking for players with the desire and potential to go on and play at the NCAA Division I level after graduating from BCC.”

Twelvetrees, a native of Swansea City in Wales, Great Britain who holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, previously served seven seasons as the head coach of the men’s soccer program at Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

His coaching philosophy focuses on technique and tenacity.

“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.”