MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Buoyed by mounting success, Brevard Community College is adding new tennis and soccer programs to its growing roster of varsity sports, along with an intramural program. The programs were announced May 14 to the College’s Board of Trustees, providing more opportunities for student-athletes and enhancing BCC’s collegiate experience.
BCC already fields teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, golf, women’s soccer and volleyball, and has been gaining state and national recognition for their achievements.
"The new programs allow the College to build on that success and will give students another reason to enroll at the College," said BCC Athletic Director Jeff Carr. “BCC builds champions through academic achievement, athletic excellence and national recognition in the classroom and on the playing field. The new programs will broaden opportunities for our students, strengthening our commitment to them."
"Men’s soccer, is scheduled to begin in 2013-14. Brevard County high school and local clubs produce some of the top soccer players in Florida, giving the BCC program a chance to quickly gain prominence," added Carr. "Women’s tennis, is scheduled to begin in 2013-14. Women’s tennis is also very popular in Brevard and the program will open the door for more students to participate."
Meanwhile, intramural sports in basketball, volleyball and flag-football, were announced and are scheduled to begin in fall 2012. The intramural sports are in response to what Carr called “significant interest” from students and will revive the long-dormant program. The intramural sports will be offered on all four BCC campuses – Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay, Florida. The program will be administered from the Melbourne campus.
Currently, there are 116 student-athletes on BCC’s varsity athletic teams. The Lady Titans women’s soccer team was ranked 11th in the U.S. this year in just its second season, and golfer Billy Anderson won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Men’s Golf National Championship in 2011. Furthermore, the women’s softball team has gone to the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament seven of the past eight years.
The College also hosted the NJCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship in November 2011 and will host the event again this year and in 2013. To learn more about BCC’s sports programs, go to the College’s website atwww.brevardcc.edu/student-life/athletics/