Alun Oliver was hired as the ninth head coach of the Seahawk men’s soccer program in February 2011. Oliver's background includes more than a decade of playing and coaching experiences both in the United States and overseas. He served as a St. Mary's assistant coach for five seasons (2004-07, 2010) before taking over the head coaching duties.
In his short tenure, Oliver has collected nine All-Capital Athletic Conference selections, including a pair of first team nods in 2014, and mentored the 2015 CAC Rookie of the Year (Alessandro Burlew '18). He has also guided the team in its pursuit of academic excellence. The Seahawks has earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award every season under Oliver's tutelage, having achieved a team grade-point average above 3.0.
Last season, St. Mary’s enjoyed its first 10-win season since the Seahawks went 12-7-1 in 2005. As the sixth seed, the Seahawks also made their first trip to the conference tournament semifinals since 2006. St. Mary's notched five conference wins as well for the fourth time in program history. Oliver also mentored the program's fourth CAC Rookie of the Year in Alessandro Burlew '18.
St. Mary's posted a team 1.85 GAA in 2013 while collecting six shutouts for the season. The team battled on the pitch all season long in 2012, dropping eight contests by a one-goal margin including three overtime losses.
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In 2011, he guided the team to the most wins since 2008, a 4-0 start to the season, and two weeks in the regional rankings, reaching as high as No. 4 in the South Atlantic region.
The Ponty-Pool, Wales native had an illustrious playing career at St. Mary’s, not only leaving his mark on the school record books but also helping to set the standard of play within the conference. Oliver, a member of the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame Class of 2010, left the College as the all-time assists leader with 41, ranking third in the league annals. He is also a former CAC Rookie of the Year (2000) and CAC Player of the Year (2002), earning a spot on the CAC Silver Anniversary Men's Soccer Team in 2014.
Oliver, a two-time NSCAA/adidas® All-South Region selection and four-time league all-star selection, is also the program’s second all-time points leader with 123 points while ranking third all-time with 41 career goals. These numbers rank him fourth and eighth, respectively, in the conference record books. He led the Seahawks to three straight 10-win seasons as well as three CAC semifinal appearances in a row as a player in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
He played for Oldham Athletic Football Club in England as a youth and reserve team player. Oliver also competed for the Sioux Falls Spitfire (2001 and 2002) of the summer Player Development League (PDL) in South Dakota. As a member of the Spitfire, he was the only Division III player on the squad and the team reached the final four of the PDL championships in 2001.
Oliver has also brought his passion for soccer to many local summer soccer camps. For the last four seasons, he has served as an assistant coach for the boys' Olympic Development Program team as well.
He graduated from St. Mary's in 2004 with a degree in economics and later received his Master of Arts in Teaching from St. Mary’s as well in 2009. In January 2013, Oliver earned his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “B” License.
Oliver is married to Cathy Haan and the couple resides in Leonardtown with their daughters, Rebecca and Samantha.