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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

July 12, 2005

Former Northwest Assistant Named Head Men's Soccer Coach at Chowan (N.C.) College

story courtesy of Chowan Sports Information

. - Chowan College Athletic Director Jim Tribbett announced May 24 the hiring of Rob Battisson as the new men's soccer coach. "I am pleased that Rob has accepted the position and am ready to see the program flourish under his direction," stated Tribbett.

Battisson comes to Chowan by way of Missouri where for the past two seasons he served as the assistant coach for the Northwest Missouri State University's women's soccer program. There he helped to develop a competitive NMSU program that saw two all conference players during his tenure.

A native of England, Battisson brings with him over 12 years of coaching experience and 17 years of playing experience both in the United States and across the pond. Battisson played both semi-professional and professional soccer while at home in England and attended Lock Haven University (PA) where he played four years of varsity soccer.

Along with his collegiate coaching experience, Battison has coached semi-professional soccer and club level soccer in England. He has been associated with several top soccer clinics in the United States and England, included the Kansas Olympic Development Program and The English Club Soccer School.

Battisson currently holds an English Football Association Coaching Certificate along with a USSF "C" License, a NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma, and a NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping license.

Battisson earned his B.A. from Lock Haven University where he graduated as the top student in the Arts and Sciences Department. He went on to earn his M.A. from Northwest Missouri State in English Literature.

"I am excited about the position as head men's soccer coach and hope that my playing and coaching experiences over the years will help me along the way," stated Battisson.

The men's soccer program is in need of some rekindling after compiling a 12-62-3 record since the program's reinstatement in 2000. "The team had a solid comeback year last season. It's my hope for this upcoming year to set the tone for the new direction we are heading with NCAA Division II status," Battisson said.

The Braves return nine players from last year's roster including top midfielder Trae Burgess and defender Josh Rivera, both natives of Virginia. "I hope to get as many as ten new players for the fall and start the season with a roster of 18 to 20 players," continued Battisson.

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