Beginning his fourth season as the SHC men’s soccer head coach, Tim Brooks has built a 24-29-2 record with the Badgers and a 48-45-3 overall mark in his six-year career. Prior to coming to Mobile, Brooks enjoyed a three-year tenure at the University of Great Falls in Montana where he held an overall record of 24-16-1. During his two years at SHC, Brooks has coached nine SSAC All-Academic Team members, five Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes and a 3rd team CoSIDA Academic All-America Team member in goalkeeper Cory Bronenkamp. In 2011, Tyler Hartlage earned SSAC All-Freshmen Team honors with Hartlage, Arturo Garcia, Salvador Sanchis also appearing on the All-SSAC 2nd team in 2012. Goalkeeper Jacob Files and Andrew McInnis were named to the 2012 SSAC All-Freshman Team. At UGF, Brooks’ Argonauts squad was a finalist at NAIA Unaffiliated/Independent Conference Tournament in 2009 in only its third year of competition and finished with a 15-5 record. In 2008, UGF compiled an 8-8-1 record in its first full season of play and was a semifinalist at the UIC Tournament. Before taking the reins at Great Falls, Brooks was the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach/Goalkeepers Coach at the University of the Cumberlands from 2004 to 2007. As a player, Brooks was a 2nd Team All American at Cumberland College and earned 1st Team All Conference accolades. He was chosen his team’s Most Valuable player (MVP) and served as the football team’s kicker and punter in his senior year. He completed his B.S. in Health, Movement and Leisure Studies from Cumberland College, in Williamsburg, Ky., in 2004 and earned a Masters degree in Organizational Management-Human Development from the University of Great Falls in 2009. Tim and his wife, Misty, have a daughter, Faith, and a son, Isaac.
In his second season on the SHC staff, DeLange is a well-known figure in the Mobile soccer community. He has worked with the Davidson High School boys’ soccer team since 2008 and previously worked with SHC teams in the 1990s and 2004. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Mobile, earning a BS in Psychology in 1997 and a BS in Mathematics in 2008.
A graduate of the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola, Tanner played four seasons for the Argonauts where his team won four consecutive Gulf South Conference (GSC) titles and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in four consecutive seasons including a Final Four appearance in 2006. In 2009, Tanner was voted to both the GSC All-Conference and All-Tournament teams. He proved his leadership skills in 2010 by appearing on the UWF Dean’s List following the fall semester when he also served as the Argos’ team captain. Tanner, a native of Gulf Shores, Ala., has served as a volunteer club coach in Gulf Shores since 2011 at the 10-18 year-old level as well as working with the Mobile Bay Football Club (MBFC) as an assistant coach in 2011 when his U-17 Boys team was ranked 2nd in the region. In 2012, he accepted a head coaching position with the MBFC U-17 Girls and finished as runner-up at the Alabama State Cup finals.
PREVIEW 2013 The Spring Hill College men’s soccer team has reached an important marker in the program’s development under head coach Tim Brooks. The 2013 version of the Badgers will no longer be the young team of the previous three seasons. A team that was once dominated by freshmen and sophomores is now a seasoned corps of juniors and sophomores. Junior forward Tyler Hartlage of Tampa, Fla., started 17 of 19 games last season and led the Badgers with 11 goals and 23 points. “We’re looking for another big year from Tyler,” says Brooks. “And we also have senior Patrick Culotta (of New Orleans, La.) returning at another forward, so we should be improved on offense.” Junior Mario Escalante of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, started 12 matches for the Badgers in 2012 and will continue to play a vital part this season. The midfield line up is more settled this year than it was at this time in 2012. “We are still tweaking our options among our midfielders, but we should be dangerous moving forward,” says Brooks. Junior Nick Smith of Huntsville, Ala., has started all 38 games played by SHC as a freshman and sophomore in the midfield and he will be joined by sophomore Jose Scheuren of Miami. “We have increased depth in our midfield this year,” Brooks says. “We are going to have different ways of getting results this year and not appear so one dimensional.” Adding to the depth, junior Esteban Angel of Guayaquil, Ecuador, started all 19 games for the Badgers last season. Brooks is also confident in his defensive front. Senior Nick Link of Elizabethtown, Ky., will be a four-year starter and junior Salvador Sanchis of Miami effectively converted from the midfield to defense in the 2011 season. “Our interior defense will be experienced and strong,” says Brooks. “We are still experimenting on the outside, but that’s mainly due to the fact that we are now much more experienced at that position than last year.” Junior Jabu Thompson of Miami developed into a solid presence in 2012 with 19 starts and junior Dylan Gardner of Waterloo, Ill., appeared in 16 matches as a sophomore. The goalkeeping position will be handled by returning starter sophomore Jacob Files of Clinton, Miss. “Our goalkeepers have been playing well in the early practices,” says Brooks. “And this season will revolve around how well our defense plays. If we can dictate how people attack us, we will win games.” Junior Patrick Danner of Tampa who built a 3-1 record in four starts as a freshman in 2011 will also be a factor in goal for the Badgers. In past seasons, Spring Hill tended to suffer a lack of quality depth in its reserve players, but Brooks has a talented and experienced bench this year. Senior Andres Garcia of Navarre, Fla., returns with three years of experience in the Badger offense while junior Tanyi Mubang of Tampa and sophomores Nico Olvera from Miami and Andrew McInnis of Mandeville, La., will look to add punch to the Badgers “up top.” The midfield reserves include junior Eric Schwing of Mandeville, sophomore Seth Hagan of Covington, La., and sophomore Grant Quinlan of New Iberia, La. On defense, junior Sam Keiser of Athens, Ala., will lead sophomore Arturo Garcia from Guayaquil and redshirt freshmen Nick De Felice of Chicago, Ill., Lloyd Mohney of Peachtree City, Ga., Terence Hinton of Mobile’s Daphne High School and Samuel Grace of New Orleans. Brooks added six freshmen newcomers to his arsenal this season as Thelen Pumford of Lafayette, La., Luiz Ortiz of Tampa, Ricardo Poveda from Guayquil, Juan Sicco of Miami, Victor Villarreal from Flower Mound, Texas, and Ibrahima Ndaw of Mobile each look to make their mark on the 2013 season. With five Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) teams ranked in the NAIA Preseason Top 25, the 2012 schedule will be another tough trek for Spring Hill, but Brooks is not intimidated by the high rankings. “Over the last several years the SSAC have been the cream of the crop in the NAIA,” he says. “This conference is a tough conference. As coaches, we like the challenge, but more importantly, our players now love the challenge of playing that caliber of talent.”