Nike Boys Soccer Camp Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia
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At NIKE Soccer Camps, our goal is to stimulate a love for the game in young athletes by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success.
This camp presents an incredible opportunity for high school players to get a taste of playing for Berry College.
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
- Camp completion certificate
- Skill development, team play, games and tournaments
- High School only boys session
- Players grouped by age and ability
Berry College has the world’s largest contiguous college campus, spanning more than 26,000 acres of woodlands, meadows and streams. Founded in 1902, Berry is a private coeducational institution located in Rome, GA, about an hour north of Atlanta. Berry boasts some of the finest athletic facilities including a state of the art 131,000 square-foot athletic and recreation center, three full size game soccer fields which are professionally manicured and provide a wonderful playing surface that players and coaches love. Campers will be housed in Berry’s brand new Morgan/Deerfield Dorms.Meet your coaching staff
Konrad Jacobs is in his tenth year as a full time assistant coach for the Berry College men’s soccer program. He is in his ninth year working with the program in a coaching capacity after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2002. Jacobs, a four- year starter in the Berry defense, graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. Jacobs holds a USSF “B” license and an NSCAA National diploma. He is the Director for the Academy program at the Rome Arsenal soccer club. As an assistant coach, Jacobs was key in the Vikings’ run to consecutive top-10 national rankings in the final poll and back-to-back appearances in the NAIA national semifinals in 2003 and 2004.
Coach Jacobs is also the goalkeeper trainer. Under his training, Berry net minder Byron Schueneman earned three consecutive honorable mention All-America honors from 2002-04 and Mike Wentzler earned All-American accolades in 2007.
One of the most successful coaches in the history of a program known for producing championship-caliber coaches, Richard Vardy has been the head men's soccer coach at Berry College since the 2002 season.
He owns a career 155-59-16 record in his first 12 seasons as the Vikings' head coach. Vardy led the 2013 team to a 10-6-3 record and a 4-1-2 mark in conference. Overall, he has a 165-59-16 (.720 win percentage) record leading Berry College.
In 2012, Berry's first season in the new Southern Athletic Association, the team went 14-3-2 and 5-1-1 in conference. The Vikings tied for the regular-season crown and won the inaugural SAA Tournament championship.
Vardy led the Vikings to one of the best records in school history in 2010, guiding Berry to a 15-1-1 overall mark. His team was 12-2-4 in 2009, Berry's first year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.
The previous season, Vardy's team was a goal away from claiming the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament title. The Vikings finished the year 12-7-1 and recorded a 6-2 win over a Bethel (Tenn.) team that won the NAIA National Championship.
Vardy led the 2007 team a sweep of both the SSAC regular season and tournament titles, finishing the year ranked No. 9 in the NAIA National Poll.
In a program that has been referred to as the “Cradle of Coaches,” Vardy is surpassing the results of several former Berry College coaches who have gone on to become some of the top leaders in the sport.
Vardy's teams posted back-to-back semifinal appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and team record victory totals in 2003 and 2004, as Vardy has continually taken the Vikings to heights never before seen.
That’s pretty heady stuff when you consider Berry has produced coaches who have gone on to lead nationally-known programs such as Bob Warming at Penn State (and formerly Creighton and St. Louis), Bret Simon at Stanford (and formerly Creighton) and Kurt Swanbeck at the United States Military Academy.
In just his third season as a head coach, Vardy led Berry to a 23-4-0 overall record in 2004. The Vikings won the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season crown, as well as the NAIA Region XIII Tournament championship. Vardy was honored as the Coach of the Year in Region XIII and the National Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Regional Coach of the Year.
That came on the heels of a 2003 season in which Vardy guided Berry to a 21-2-1 record, TranSouth Athletic Conference and NAIA Region XI titles and the team’s first appearance in the semifinals of the National Tournament. Vardy’s squad was ranked second in the final NAIA national poll, and its win total was the most in school history until the 2004 team surpassed the mark.
Prior to becoming the Vikings’ head coach, Vardy spent four years as an assistant at Berry under former head coach Kurt Swanbeck.
Vardy played four years of soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina from 1991 to 1995, and he was named an NCAA Division II All-American in 1993. He served as an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne for one season before coming to Berry.
Vardy, a native of York, England, earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lenoir-Rhyne. He holds a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy, and also a USSF "A" coaching license.
Berry College Soccer Camp is directed and staffed by both the Berry Coaches and its current players. College coaches from the area along with former Berry soccer players will also be highlighted as part of the camp staff.
2014 Camp Information
Berry College Soccer Camp is directed and staffed by both the Berry Coaches and its current players. College coaches from the area along with former Berry soccer players will also be highlighted as part of the camp staff. The camp is geared towards players that want to push themselves for success at the high school or club level and those that are looking at playing at the collegiate level. The Camp involves intense morning training, afternoon sessions that focus on tactics and small sided play, and full sided evening competition.
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction, all meals, housing, supervision and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9am-9pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities.
Soccer balls may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Campers are not required to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 9:00am Technical Training Session
- 12:00pm Lunch & Rest time
- 1:00pm Soccer Film Competitions
- 2:30-4:00pm Technical/Tactical Training
- 4:00pm Swimming (optional)
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 7:00 Evening Matches
- 10:30pm Lights Out
Check-in: between 12:00-2:00pm on Sunday, June 15th
Check-out: between 12:00-1:30pm on Wednesday, June 18th
24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Soccer Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Soccer cleats, shin guards, goalies must bring own equipment.
Facility: Campers train on grass and turf fields.
Dorm: Centennial Hall
Campers Per Room: 1 or 2
Roommates: If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp. We will do our best to grant roommate requests. Due to the large number of single rooms, not all requests will be able to be granted.
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: YES
Key Deposit: $25 for room key and $25 for dorm entrance key – Bring a check made out to US Sports
Spending Money: $20-$30, please DO NOT bring a pre-written check
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer and off campus hospital
Closest Airport: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and Atlanta International Airport
Transportation: Not provided
If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 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.Read camper reviews