Coach Oliver Twelvetrees:
Oliver Twelvetrees was named head coach of the new men's soccer program at Fort Hays State University, which will be starting in 2011-12. Twelvetrees comes to the program from Barton (Kan.) Community College, where he has been the head coach for the last four years. Twelvetrees will begin his position at Fort Hays State on December 1, 2010. Twelvetrees made the Barton men's soccer program a perennial powerhouse at the NJCAA level. He has guided the school to a record of 90-12-3 (.882 winning percentage) over the past five years. He led Barton to Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Championships in 2007 and 2008, Region VI Championships in 2007 and 2009, and a District Championship in 2009, which qualified the Cougars for the eight-team national championship tournament. Barton has ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation for four weeks under Twelvetrees and spent numerous weeks within the top 10. Twelvetrees was named KJCCC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008, NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2009, and has been among the final four selections for National Coach of the Year.
Barton has won at least 15 games each year under Twelvetrees, going 15-1 overall in 2006, 19-4 overall in 2007, 20-0-2 overall in 2008, 20-5 overall in 2009 and 15-3 in 2010. Barton lost only one conference or region match in four years, posting a record of 35-1-1 in KJCCC play and 47-1-2 in Region VI play since 2006.
Six NJCAA All-Americans have played under Twelvetrees at Barton. He has also coached the KJCCC Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year. Eighteen of his players have moved on to play at four-year colleges.
Twelvetrees has coaching experience at the NCAA Division II level. Prior to his head coaching position at Barton, he was the head women's soccer coach at Wayne State (Neb.) College for two years from 2004 to 2006. He guided the Wildcats to a playoff berth both years. Prior to his stint at Wayne State, he was the assistant women's soccer coach at Bemidji State University in Minnesota for two years.
Twelvetrees has plenty of coaching experience at the club level as well. He has been the Kansas Olympic Development Boys Head Coach since 2006.