Collegiate Soccer Experience at the University of Minnesota
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We are pleased to bring Virginia Tech's Head Soccer Coach, Mike Brizendine, to host Collegiate Soccer Experience at the UMN campus recreation facilities!
With overnight and day camp options, field players and goalkeepers alike will find training for their individual needs. Featuring a professional coaching staff, beautiful facilities and top athletic training staff, each player receives both individual and team training to help accelerate his soccer development. After the end of the week all overnight campers receive a detailed evaluation of their performance. Players will leave camp having improved their skills and excited to bring what they've learned to their home teams!
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- Top-notch coaching from college professionals
- Certificate and evaluation
- 10:1 Camper to Coach Ratio
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Camp Director Mike Brizendine
After serving 10 years as a college assistant soccer coach, including five at Virginia Tech, Mike Brizendine finally got his opportunity to be a head coach when former AD Jim Weaver promoted him to the head coach of the Tech men’s soccer program on June 11, 2009.View Mike 's Bio ⟩
In 2014, Brizendine's young squad produced seven wins, including victories over Wake Forest, NC State, SIUE and UNCG. Freshman Ricardo John, who tallied 11 points, was named all-conference and all-region. Underclassmen scored all 19 goals and freshman keeper Ben Lundgaard recorded six shutouts in seeing nearly 75 percent of the minutes in goal.
he 2013 season saw a school-record three players either get drafted into the MLS or sign professional contracts following the season. The Hokies also earned the most points in ACC play (eight) since 2007. Those eight points came in the form of a victory over No. 17 Syracuse and ties with No. 1 North Carolina, No. 16 Clemson, No. 19 Virginia, Duke and Pittsburgh. Under Brizendine’s direction, the Hokie defense only allowed 23 goals all season, the lowest total allowed since 2005. Tech was able to produce an Academic All-American selection, as well as the second first-team All-ACC selection in school history.
An experienced coach on all levels, Brizendine helped guide the Hokies to their first NCAA College Cup appearance in school history in 2007. For his contributions, Brizendine was recognized as the NSCAA’s Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007. Brizendine joined the Hokie staff after a successful stint with Bridgewater (Va.) College, a Division III program that participates in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Brizendine led Bridgewater to its two best single-season records, 12-6 in 2003 and 11-7 in 2002, for a 23-13 mark over two seasons and a .639 winning percentage. For this significant turn-around, his peers named him ODAC Coach of the Year in 2003.
Prior to his time at Bridgewater College, he was an assistant coach at Ferrum College for the men’s soccer team in 1999. He has also been active guiding and encouraging kids in youth soccer programs throughout his coaching career.
Brizendine graduated from James Madison University in 1999 and earned his Master of Education from Virginia Tech in 2005. As a player, he lettered four seasons at James Madison University from 1995-98 and ended his career sixth in all-time scoring for the Dukes. He earned All-Conference and All-Region recognition during his four-year career. He also played professionally with the Roanoke Wrath (1999) and the Northern Virginia Royals (2000 and 2001) of the Division 3 league.
Soccer players in the state of Minnesota can now experience the Nike Soccer Camp program, enjoy meeting new friends and having serious fun on campus at University of Minnesota! Campers will learn principles of attacking and defending, combination play, pressure-cover-balance, flank play, counter attacking, zonal defending, finishing, and more.
We break down the game, and focus on individual topics for each session and then practice in small sided games. Our system of coaching gives players the chance to make better decisions while playing at a faster pace, reaching a new level of awareness and understanding of the game. We make camp competitive as the players push themselves. During the week players compete in small sided tournaments and evening games. Registration is limited to ages 10-18.Show Less See More Camp Details
Our goalkeeping camps are run in conjunction with our residential camps. The structure of the goalkeeper camp offers a balance of specific goalkeeper training, training with the team, and playing in games. The goalkeepers start off the day with specific goalkeeper training. Focus is on the many facets of the game such as crosses, shot stopping, shot handling, breakaways, angle play, set pieces, and distribution. In the afternoon sessions, the goalkeepers are integrated into the field sessions when there is a finishing or crossing topic. Otherwise, the goalkeepers stay together for specific training. The final session of the day is games compteition. The goalkeepers are placed on a team and receive valuable game experience. Registration is limited to ages 10-18.
If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Groups can register online or via mail/fax.
To register a group online: Please have one person contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our REGISTRATION FORM providing credit card number or a check. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415.526.5945. Mail registrations to Nike Soccer Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING (Overnight Campers)
(1) Pair molded soccer cleats
(1) Pair shin guards
(5) Pair shorts
(1) Pillow case, Long student bed sheets
(8) Pair socks
(1) Laundry bag
(1) Alarm clock (optional)
(1) Small carrying bag
(1) Pair of sneakers or indoor soccer shoes
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 am Wake Up
- 7:15-8:30 am Breakfast
- 8:30 am Day Campers arrive at dorm
- 9:00-11:00 am Training Session 1 (Technical Training)
- 11:30 am-12:45 pm Lunch/Rest
- 1:30-3:30 pm Training Session 2 (Tactical Training)
- 4:00-5:15 pm Dinner
- 6:30-8:00 pm Evening Soccer Games
- 8:15-8:30 pm Camp Meeting
- 8:30 pm Day Campers leave from meeting
- 8:30-10:00 pm Special Games, Pizza, Movies
- 9:45-10:15 pm In Rooms/Lights Out (10-14 yrs)
- 10:00-10:15 pm In Rooms/Lights Out (15-18 yrs)
The University of Minnesota is not affiliated in any way with the activities conducted by Nike Soccer Camps on the University of Minnesota campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota and Nike Soccer Camps is solely that of licensor and licensee.
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