Hiwassee College

Hiwassee College Athletics
225 Hiwassee College Dr. Madisonville, TN 37354
NCCAA Tennessee Southeast
Private Very Small Developing team


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Eric Best

Eric Best is in his fourth year as head coach. He has created and developed both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Coach Best is responsible for the creation of a once canceled historic soccer program that saw many region championships won in the early 2000's. He built two teams from the ground up, filling both team rosters, rebuilding a field, creating infrastructure for the soccer program, and bringing back the pride of a soccer program that was once held so highly at the college.

Coach Best lead the programs to a victory in its first season with an all freshmen team. His duties include individual development, recruiting, assisting coaches, monitoring academic progress, fundraising for the programs, scheduling and budgeting for both teams, and helping to create a graduate plan for each athlete.

Coach Best is from Tellico Plains, TN where he fell in love with his high school sweetheart. Three years after high school, he married Blaina Best. Both are graduates of Hiwassee College. Eric and Blaina have full custody of a beautiful nine-year old named Jocilynn.

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Ricardo Torres

Ricardo Torres is in his first season as the assistant soccer coach for Hiwassee College. His duties include recruiting and helping aid in practices and games.

Coach Torres started his soccer coaching career in 2008. He coached players with the McMinn United FC in Athens, Tennessee. Torres also worked with the U8 boys’ soccer team. After one season, he moved to Williamson County where he helped the Williamson County Soccer Association impart the 2009 Summer camps. In that same year, he attended and obtained the state D License in the state of Tennessee. The following year, Coach Torres attended and successfully obtained the National “Y” coaching license held in Franklin, Tennessee. He is a United States Soccer Federation certified coach.

In 2011, Coach Torres moved back to Sweetwater, Tennessee. and started to help as a volunteer coach with the 1277 AYSO Region. Torres also helped coach the U12 and U14 boys’ teams from 2012 to 2014. He volunteered as coach for the SJHS boys’ soccer team. In 2015, he was head coach of the boys’ team at SQHS in Madisonville, Tennessee. That position required him to develop the entire soccer program, recruit players, plan the practice sessions, and make sure the team’s records were up to date. During that year, Coach Torres completed the Interscholastic course from the NHSF.

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