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In-depth Look at Carroll Adding Men's Soccer, Softball

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Bruce Parker has taken another step in adding to his legacy at Carroll College.

Parker has added eight teams to Carroll athletics during his 11 year tenure. The addition of Men's Soccer and Softball on Tuesday now brings that total to 10.

Parker says the goal of adding both sports was to boost enrollment and to give high school soccer & softball players an opportunity to continue collegiate careers in Montana.

Parker added that both sports will have similar budgets and scholarship allocation will be slow to begin with. As of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the search for coaches for both was underway. He hopes to have coaches in place in the next few weeks, so they can start recruiting as soon as possible. The goal is for both programs to add about 20 new students each, but once both sports are in full swing the rosters reach up to 28 players each.

As for where they will put their new players, Parker says he will work with an architect and committee to build a facility to create more locker room space, offices for the coaches and anything else needed.

Men's soccer details

The rumor of adding Men's soccer had been going on for a couple years. But now that it's official, Carroll is hoping to launch their full, inaugural Men's Soccer season in the Fall of 2014.

The team will be practicing at Centennial Fields around the corner from Carroll College and will play their games at Nelson Stadium.

Until they find a head coach, current Women's Soccer Head Coach Dave Thorvilson will be putting together the schedule, fielding questions from potential recruits, and taking care of any other duties needed to help get the program up and running.

One Helena high soccer player has expressed interest in playing for Carroll Soccer, saying that he's already applied to Carroll College, and had talked to Bruce about the possibility of donning a Saints soccer uniform.

Softball details

The University of Great Falls played a key role in helping Carroll get the ball rolling on adding Softball. The Argos provided the blueprint for their softball program to the Saints Athletic Administration.

Softball is likely to be the more expensive of the two sports being added. Bruce Parker told us last year that softball will have to travel "a lot" during the first couple of years due to a lack of teams in the area. Local competition includes the University of Great Falls and NCAA schools MSU Billings and the University of Montana (which just began their program), but Saints fans can expect a lot of games with schools in North Dakota and the Northwest regions.

Carroll Softball will be practicing and playing their games at Batch Fields, also located around the corner from the campus. Volleyball head coach Moe Boyle, who has three years of collegiate softball coaching experience, will be developing the softball program until a head coach is hired. Duties include fielding questions from potential recruits and perspective coaches.

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