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 mentored five All-Capital Athletic Conference selections and guided the team in its pursuit of academic excellence. The Seahawks picked up an NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2011 after achieving a team grade-point average above 3.0.
|OLIVER'S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD|
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Last year's team battled on the pitch all season long, dropping eight contests by a one-goal margin including three overtime losses.
In 2011, Oliver 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 to rank third in the league annals. He is also a former CAC Rookie of the Year (2000) and Player of the Year (2002).
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.
Oliver played for Oldham Athletic Football Club in England as a youth and reserve team player. He 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.
Along with serving as an assistant at St. Mary’s, he has coached both the Freestate U19 Diamondbacks (2007-08) and the U16 Girls St. Mary’s United Freedom (2008-09), guiding the Diamondbacks to the U19’s NCSL Division 1 Championship. Oliver has also brought his passion for soccer to many local summer soccer camps. He has also served as an assistant coach for the ’95 boys Olympic Development Program team for the past two seasons.
Oliver 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.
Oliver is married to Cathy Haan and the couple resides in Leonardtown with their daughter, Rebecca.