Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia
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The Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience is held on the campus of Virginia Tech. With a variety of choices of overnight and day camps, field players and goalkeepers alike are able to find the best soccer training for their individual needs.
With 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.
- Nike Camp T-shirt
- Certificate and evaluation
- 10:1 camper to staff ratio
- Top-notch coaching from College professionals
- Air-conditioned dorms
All fields used for the Collegiate Soccer Experience are located on Virginia Techs 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).
All overnight campers will stay on campus in the air-conditioned student dorms, conveniently located near all dining halls and soccer 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.
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.
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.Meet your coaching staff
Mike Brizendine enters his fourth year as Virginia Tech’s head coach after spending five years as the Hokies’ top assistant. Brizendine’s 2011 squad played five top-25 nationally ranked opponents; including a 1-0 double-overtime win over 2011 NCAA champion North Carolina. The victory was the program’s first over a No. 1 ranked opponent since 2004. Academically, his teams in 2009-10 and 2010-11 earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award, which honors teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Tech was one of three men’s soccer programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference to earn the honor in both years.Read Full Bio
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). After assisting both the men’s and women’s programs at Bridgewater in 2000, he became the head men’s coach from 2001 to 2003, guiding the team from non-competitive status to a full-fledged Division III program. 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.
Patrick McSorley enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, McSorley spent six years at his alma mater, James Madison University, where he was an assistant coach and associate head coach. Prior to JMU, McSorley spent four years as the top assistant coach at Virginia Military Institute.
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). In the 1994 NCAA Tournament, McSorley scored the game-winning goal against North Carolina in a 3-0 first round victory and assisted on the game-winner in a 2-1 second round victory over Duke. McSorley played professional soccer for four years, most recently with the USL Roanoke Wrath (1998-2000).
Assistant Camp Director Jeff Kinney begins his first year as a full-time assistant coach at Virginia Tech in 2012 after serving as the volunteer assistant for the men’s soccer program for the past two seasons. Before coming to Blacksburg, Kinney spent seven years as an assistant coach at American University. A 2003 graduate of American, Kinney was known as one of the toughest players on the team, dominating play in the midfield. Coach Kinney has been involved with top-level youth soccer in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for the past seven years.
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.
Chris Rich begins his first year as the volunteer assistant coach and goalkeeper instructor at Virginia Tech in 2012 after serving as the assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at Florida International University last year. Prior to FIU, Rich spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Barry University, where he was the goalkeeper coach for the men’s team for four seasons and the women’s team for three seasons.
As a student-athlete at Barry, Rich was a captain and a four-year starter in goal for the Buccaneers. An All-Sunshine State Conference pick, Rich notched 28 career wins and eight shutouts between the pipes. Aside from working as the assistant coach at FIU, Rich also coached at Kendall Soccer Coalition, where he was the head coach for the boys’ 96 Pre-Academy and U13 teams. Rich holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, a USSF 'B' license, and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. In addition, he is currently an associate staff instructor for the NSCAA.
Institutions represented by our staff in previous years
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 gamse. 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.
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.
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.
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 metting
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.Read camper reviews