Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience at Virginia Tech

Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience at Virginia Tech
Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience at Virginia Tech

The Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience is held on the beautiful campus of Virginia Tech.

With a variety of  overnight and day camp options, field players and goalkeepers alike are able to find the best soccer training for their individual needs. Featuring world class coaches, facilities and 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. We look forward to having the opportunity to help you become the best soccer player possible.

Highlights Include

  • Nike Camp T-shirt
  • Certificate and evaluation
  • 10:1 camper to staff ratio
  • Top-notch coaching from college professionals
  • Air-conditioned dorms
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Mike Brizendine
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.

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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.

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Patrick McSorley
Coach

Patrick McSorley

Patrick McSorely is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to Blacksburg, McSorley spent six years at his alma mater, James Madison University,...

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Patrick McSorely is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

Prior to coming to Blacksburg, McSorley spent six years at his alma mater, James Madison University, where he was an assistant coach and associate head coach. Before JMU, McSorley spent four years as the top assistant coach at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

While at JMU, McSorley recruited and coached four players who were later drafted by the MLS, two All-Americans and numerous All-Conference and All-Region players. He also helped lead the Dukes to a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.

As a player at JMU, McSorley was a third-team All-American as a senior in 1995 and played on four NCAA Tournament teams (quarter-finalist in 1994 and 1995; first round in 1992 and 1993) and three Colonial Athletic Association champion teams (1992, 1993, 1994). McSorley’s 42 goals and 103 points still stand as all-time JMU career records, and he is tied for 15th place on the Dukes’ career assist list with 19. He earned All-South Atlantic Region first-team, all-state first team, All-CAA second-team honors and was named to the Nike College Challenge Senior All-Star Team in 1995 in addition to being voted JMU’s offensive MVP. That year, he was also named one of the Top-10 midfielders in the nation by Soccer News and earned Soccer News All-America honorable mention, making him one of only five players in JMU history at the time to earn All-America recognition.

In 2000, he was named one of the school’s Top-50 athletes of all time by the JMU student newspaper, The Breeze. McSorley was inducted into the JMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

McSorley played professional soccer for four years, most recently with the USL Roanoke Wrath (1998-2000).

A native of Springfield, Virginia, McSorley earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from JMU in 1996 and a master’s degree in sports recreation and leadership from JMU in 2007. He is married to the former Bridget Brugger, a director in compliance at Virginia Tech. They have three children, Morgan, Addison and Connor.

Jeff Kinney
Coach

Jeff Kinney

Assistant Camp Director Jeff Kinney eff Kinney is in his fourth year as a full-time assistant coach at Virginia Tech after serving as the volunteer assistant for the men’s soccer...

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Assistant Camp Director Jeff Kinney eff Kinney is in his fourth year as a full-time assistant coach at Virginia Tech after serving as the volunteer assistant for the men’s soccer program for two seasons. Before coming to Blacksburg, Kinney spent seven years as an assistant coach at American University.

He has worked with the Olympic Development Program Region I staff as well as the D.C. United Youth Development Program. He held the position of Director of Coaching for RFC, formerly known as the Reston Football Club, a nationally prominent club before coaching with D.C. United’s U18 Academy, leading the team to the USSF Academy championship game in his first year.

Coach

Matt Gow

Matt Gow has been the Hokies' specialized goalkeeping coach since 2014, after volunteer coaching for a number of years prior. Before to coming to Tech, Gow spent two seasons as an...

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Matt Gow has been the Hokies' specialized goalkeeping coach since 2014, after volunteer coaching for a number of years prior. Before to coming to Tech, Gow spent two seasons as an assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University, one of the nation’s top NAIA programs. While at MNU, Gow was responsible for all goalkeeper training.

At MNU, Gow helped his team to both a national semifinal and national quarterfinal appearance, coaching 15 all-conference selections, four All-Region selections and four All-America selections. In addition, the starting goalkeeper at MNU was able to achieve two All-America selections under the direction and instruction of Gow.

While coaching at MNU, Gow was one of the founding coaches of Toca Futbol Club, a faith-based soccer club located in the Kansas City metro area. As the Director of Goalkeeping, Gow also coached multiple teams ranging in ages eight to 18.Prior to coaching at MidAmerica Nazarene and Toca FC, Gow played for the Southern California Seahorses, a member of the Premier Developmental League.

Camp Details

Our residential camps are a great opportunity for you to spend time with our coaching staff and to use the fabulous facilities at Virginia Tech. Players receive instruction from a variety of college coaches from the East Coast. Our camps are designed for players who want to improve their game for high school, club, and, looking to the future, college soccer. Senior college coaches cover many topics: 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.

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2016 Session Information 

GOALKEEPER CAMP:

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 received valuable game experience under the instruction from Coaches Kevin and Jesse. Registration is limited to ages 10-18.

DAY CAMP:

Is your camper under 10 years old?  If so, CLICK HERE to learn more about The Collegiate Soccer Experience Day Camp run by the Virginia Tech Soccer Staff.  Open for all boys ages 5-10 years old, the camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon. We strive to teach soccer skills in an instructional environment that is challenging and fun. Players with experience will improve their skills and their understanding of the tactical aspects of the game. Players new to the game will create a strong base of good habits for their future.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every Nike Soccer Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities. This camp is owned, controlled and operated by Mike Brizendine and US Sports Camps, Inc. The word “Hokies”, or any other reference to Virginia Tech are by permission of the University, and do not indicate, express or imply any fashion involvement of the University in the operation or control of the camp.

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, each camper will receive a $25 discount.  If ten or more campers register together, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

ARRIVAL ON FIRST DAY OF CAMP
Check-in at Cassell Coliseum: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
First camp meeting: 2:30 PM
First field session: 3:00 PM
First meal in camp: Dinner

DEPARTURE ON LAST DAY OF CAMP
Last field session/games: 9:00-10:45 AM
Closing ceremonies: 10:45-11:00 AM (at turf practice field)
Check-out at dormitory: 11:00-noon
Last meal in camp: Breakfast

DIRECTIONS TO CAMP TO REACH THE CAMPUS FROM INTERSTATE 81 (SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND): I-81 to exit 118B, US 460 West towards Blacksburg.  Make sure to follow signs to Blacksburg/Virginia Tech.  Stay on US 460 West for approximately 8 miles.  At the first traffic light, turn right onto campus at Southgate Drive.  Follow Southgate to the second stoplight and turn left onto Spring Road.  Follow Spring Rd. past the football stadium and turn left into the parking lot on your left. Cassell Coliseum, where you register for camp, is the last building on the right hand side of Spring Rd.  You should see signs directing you to registration.

QUICK FACTS FOR REGISTERED CAMPERS:

AIRPORT PICK-UP - Players requiring an airport pick up from the Roanoke Airport must contact us at least 2 weeks prior to camp. A cost of $20/way and a faxed airline itinerary is required. Phone: 540-231-0783  Fax: 540-231-3613.  Campers are asked to bring a check with them to camp for the transportation fee.  Check can be made out to Virginia Tech Soccer.

CAMP STORE
Our Camp Store will offer a variety of snacks, drinks and an option for campers to place pizza orders.  We suggest campers bring extra spending money.

COLLEGE RECRUITING SEMINAR
Our College Recruiting Seminars provides an opportunity for high school players to have all of their college questions answered. The seminar will cover topics such as the difference in college programs (Division 1, 2, 3, & NAIA), information on different conferences, NCAA rules and the stages of the recruiting process.

CAMPUS TOUR
All overnight campers will have the opportunity to tour Virginia Tech’s beautiful campus and facilities.

ROOM KEY AND DEPOSIT
Each camper participating in the overnight camp will receive a room key with lanyard giving access into his dorm.  A $100 DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED DURING CHECK IN (cash or check) which will be returned after the key is turned back in at check-out.

MEALS
All players will have three meals a day at our awarding winning dinning halls. "Restaurants & Institutions" magazine recently named Student Programs' Housing and Dining a winner of the Ivy Award, which honors the best food service operations and restaurants in the industry.

LINEN OPTION
All overnight campers have the option to rent linens for a $15.00 fee. Linens include sheets, pillow case, towels, washcloth and small blanket. You will still need to bring a pillow and heavier blanket (if needed). Rental option is available during enrollment and the fee will be collected immediately.

CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
(1) Pair molded soccer cleats
(1) Pair shin guards
(5) Pair shorts
(1) Pillow
(5) T-shirts
(1) Pillow case, Long student bed sheets
(8) Pair socks
(1) Blanket
(4) Towels/washcloths
(1) Laundry bag
(1) Alarm clock (optional)
(1) Small carrying bag
(1) Pair of sneakers or indoor soccer shoes
*Toiletry articles

NOTE: In case of lost luggage, campers that are traveling by airplane should pack a carry on bag containing at least all necessary medications, toiletry items, money, soccer shoes, soccer ball, shin guards, shorts, t-shirts and any other essential items. US Sports and Virginia Tech are not responsible for lost or stolen personal items. is highly recommended that each camper lock his room when he leaves.  It is also the responsibility of the camper to keep track of his soccer ball.

DISCOUNT: Now offering a Refer-a-Friend Discount! Refer a friend to camp and have them mention your name in the Comments field during registration. Both campers will receive $25 off the registration price!

Facilities

PLAYING SURFACES
All fields used for the Collegiate Soccer Experience are located on Virginia Tech's Campus. With a wide variety of facilities Virginia Tech features some of the best playing surfaces in the country. All campers use the practice training fields (grass and field turf for all playing conditions) as well as have access to Rector Field House (indoor soccer complex).

 

RESIDENCE HALLS
All overnight campers will stay on campus in the air-conditioned student dorms, conveniently located near all dining halls and soccer facilities. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.

DINING FACILITIES
The Collegiate Soccer Experience is pleased to offer some of the best dinning in the country to our camp participants. Virginia Tech serves the best food in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s "Best 371 Colleges: 2010 Edition”. The university’s Dining Services also received a No. 1 ranking for “Best Campus Food” in 2008 from the Princeton Review, and was honored with the prestigious Ivy Award from “Restaurants and Institutions” magazine. Virginia Tech's award winning dinning facilities will offer a wide variety of nutritious meals at the newly renovated D2, which features all you can eat dining.

DAY CAMP - Is your camper under 10 years old? If so, CLICK HERE to learn more about The Collegiate Soccer Experience Day Camp run by the Virginia Tech Soccer Staff.  Open for all boys ages 5-10 years old, the camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon. We strive to teach soccer skills in an instructional environment that is challenging and fun. Players with experience will improve their skills and their understanding of the tactical aspects of the game. Players new to the game will create a strong base of good habits for their future.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake Up
  • 7:15-8:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Day Campers arrive at Dorm
  • 9:00-11:00am Training session 1 (Technical Training)
  • 11:30-12:45pm Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30pm Training session 2 (Tactical Training)
  • 4:00-5:15pm Dinner
  • 6:30-8:00pm Evening Games
  • 8:15-8:30pm Camp meeting at turf practice field
  • 8:30pm Day Campers leave from meeting
  • 8:30-10:00pm Special Games, Pizza, Movies
  • 9:45-10:15pm In Rooms and Lights Out (10-11 yrs & 12-14 yrs)
  • 10:00-10:30pm In Rooms and Lights Out (15-16 yrs & 17-18 yrs)

Camper Reviews

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Excellent level of competition

My son, a rising senior, had an outstanding experience at the Nike Soccer Camp at Virginia Tech. The training, coaching enthusiasm, and level of competition were excellent.  He is striving to have his best year yet, and feels the camp was an excellent addition to his summer program.

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Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Attended the past three summers

My two boys have enjoyed the camp for the past three summers and have recommended to friends and teammates. Always a great experience.  

Virginia Tech Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Best Training I've Experienced

The training was excellent. Best I've experienced, and I've been to a lot of soccer camps.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Learned a Great Deal

Fantastic camp for kids! Excellent coaches and a great opportunity to improve and expand upon current soccer skills. Highly recommend this Nike camp. Our son has attended the last 2 years and has learned a great deal.

Virginia Tech Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great experience

This camp was so much fun!  It was a great experience to have with my friends since a couple of my teammates attended the camp with me.  I also made some new friends that I hope to see again next year.  My coach was a super soccer player and he did a great job helping me to be better too. I can't wait to go back next year.

Virginia Tech Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Good as it Gets

The facilities at Virginia Tech are as good as it gets. They get great players to come to the camp which makes it very enjoyable camp. 

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Big improvements

We have seen a big improvement in our son's skills since attending camp. He had a great time and before the parents left they made it very clear that the staff was there for the children day or night and made sure the littler ones understood they could come and get them anytime for any reason- which made me and my son feel comfortable.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Had a blast

This camp was a great experience.  The food was fantastic and the air conditioned dorm was a plus.  My son went with a group from his team and had a blast.  We would definitely recommend this camp to other soccer players.

Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Beyond anything I have experienced

I would attend this camp again because the level of training is excellent and the level of the coaching is beyond anything else I have experienced. Thanks you for the great week.

Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Made new friends

Great tactical and technical training. Met lots of great coaches made new friends.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Very organized

The camp was very organized, the boys were pushed and the campus experience is a bonus for boys who are looking at colleges and play soccer.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 5/5.
By far the biggest return

My son has attended a lot of soccer camps but the Virginia Tech camp by far had the biggest return on
investment. The experience and skills that my son gained at the camp completely outshined those of other camps. He will definitely be attending again.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Helpful and engaged staff

I felt quite safe leaving my child at Virginia Tech. The coach made a wonderful appeal as to the expectations of the campers during their stay at Virginia Tech. All of the staff were very helpful and engaged us as we registered.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Enjoyed the "college life"

This was our first year at the VT camp. My son and his teammate came to the camp. They learned new tactical and technical moves they will take back to their team. They enjoyed the "college life" and the said the food was amazing! We enjoyed being able to watch their evening games. They will definitely return next year.

Virginia Tech Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Absolutely the best coaching

Best camp I've ever attended. I've even experienced ODP and UVA camp. VT camp was absolutely the best coaching I've seen. Wow!

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Made my son start looking into colleges

The camp showed my son what he needed to improve on to get a college to look at him, while also improving  his soccer skills and showing him what it is like to live away from home. It made him start looking a schools to see what it takes to get a soccer scholarship. Before this camp we had to ask him to practice now he practice without us saying anything. 

Virginia Tech Camper '13

  • 4/5.
Recommend to anyone

Nike soccer camp was a great experience. The coaches and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful in perfecting my game. I would recommend this camp to anyone!! 

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Excellent program

The Nike camp at VT is an excellent program. My son had fun, worked hard, learned some new techniques, and made several new friends. On the way home he asked if he could return next year! Thanks VT & Nike, for a great experience! 

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.