Nike Collegiate Soccer Experience at Virginia Tech
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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 a world class coaching staff, facilities, and athletic training staff, each player receives both individual and team training to help accelerate his soccer development. At the end of the session all 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
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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 ⟩
The 2016 season marked a resurgence of the Tech soccer program, winning six straight games to open the season en route to a No. 15 ranking. After opening the season by upsetting No. 18 Ohio State and No. 24 Georgetown, the Hokies would end the season 10-1-3 against non-league opponents. The Hokies compiled their best ACC record in Brizendine’s tenure, finishing 3-4-1 to earn the nine seed in the ACC Tournament. Tech’s four losses all came against programs ranked in the top-10: tenth-ranked Syracuse, seventh-ranked Clemson, third-ranked UNC and top-ranked Notre Dame. The team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the program’s first in a decade, opening with a 1-0 victory over East Tennessee State. The Hokies then went on to defeat Charlotte and Indiana, advancing to the Elite Eight. The program ended the season ranked eighth nationally.
Brizendine was named the 2016 VaSID Coach of the Year with junior Marcelo Acuna earning third-team All-America honors. Senior Juan Pablo Saavedra joined an elite group of former Hokies when he was drafted by FC Toronto in the 2016 MLS Draft.
Brizendine has coached 21 players that have gone on to play professional soccer, as well as six MLS draftees. After taking over a program facing significant recruiting restrictions and coming off a four-win season, his leadership has returned Virginia Tech to one of the most competitive programs in the nation.
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.
Coach Jeff Kinney
After 5 years as a full-time assistant coach at Virginia Tech, Assistant Camp Director Jeff Kinney was named Associate Head Coach by Mike Brizendine. He has been directly responsible for recruiting, managing the budget, training sessions, and scheduling during his time as a Hokie.View Jeff Kinney's Bio ⟩
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 Patrick McSorley
Patrick McSorely is in his ninth season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to Blacksburg, McSorley spent six years at his alma mater, James Madison University.View Patrick McSorley's Bio ⟩
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.
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.Show Less See More Camp Details
2018 Session Information
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 competition. 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.
ARRIVAL ON FIRST DAY OF CAMP
Check-in at Cassell Coliseum: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
First camp meeting: 1:30 PM
First field session: 2:00 PM
First meal in camp: Dinner
DEPARTURE ON LAST DAY OF CAMP
Last field session/games: 9:00-10:45 AM
Closing ceremonies: 1:45-2:00 PM (at turf practice field)
Check-out at dormitory: 2:00-3:00 PM
Last meal in camp: Lunch
Is your camper under 10 years old? Open for all boys ages 5-10 years old, the camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to Noon. We strive to teach soccer skills in an instructional environment that is challenging and fun. Players with experience improve their skills and their understanding of the tactical aspects of the game. Players new to the game create a strong base of good habits for their future.
QUICK FACTS FOR REGISTERED CAMPERS:
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.
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:540-230-8942 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.
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.
If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount.
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.
***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.
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)
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).
All overnight campers stay on campus in the air-conditioned student dorms, conveniently located near all dining halls and soccer facilities. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.
The Collegiate Soccer Experience is pleased to offer some of the best dining 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 dining facilities offer a wide variety of nutritious meals at the newly renovated D2, which features all you can eat dining.
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This was the first time my son has been on his own and it was 4 hours away from home. As a parent, I was worried how it would go. After seeing the campus and the security at the dorms and listening to the instructors I felt more at ease. Then speaking with my child nightly and knowing he was tired, ate 3 meals a day and was showering I knew he was in good hands and doing just fine. He said he had the best time of his life and the experience was amazing! He will be attending next year! Thank you all for providing a great life experience and memories for my son!
— Amy W., Parent 2017
I would like to see the camp take place for a longer period of time! 2.5-3 days is just not long enough when traveling from Cincinnati, OH. My son really enjoyed the experience and even though he is only going into 8th grade I think he gained an appreciation for what a great school Virginia Tech is but a cumulative 22 hours of driving in 4 days is too much. Thanks for the great experience!
— Michael F., Parent 2017
I cannot thank you enough for providing such a fantastic camp for my son! As a mom, you cannot put a price on safety and I THANK YOU for providing such a great environment! I loved the great organization and the ease of getting Will checked in and out. The experience was life-changing and I truly appreciate it! Also, I (and my son too) LOVED the Player Evaluation Card! It provided great and honest insight. It gave us a plan, so to speak, on where Will needs to work on certain skills. Thank you again for such a great camp! We will be back next year!!
— Amanda A. Parent 2017
Skills improve every year
I have attended the camp for two consecutive years. Each year, I learn more and build on the skills I improved on from the previous year. Feedback is instant and constructive. Good pace and structure.
— Kyle L., Camper 2016
This is a great camp! My son has been to this camp five times and plans to come back next summer. Excellent positive coaching. Highly skilled players. Lots of fun. Food at Virginia Tech is excellent.
— Lois A., Parent 2016
Best camp; will go back
Best soccer camp by far my son has ever attended. For the first time with any soccer camp, he talked about going back next year even as we were going home.
— Robert G., Parent 2016
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.
— Jim M,, Parent 2015
Excellent experience. This was my son's second year attending the camp! He loved every minute. He has already said he'll do it again next summer. Thank you, Nike and the experienced coaching staff.
— Selena P., Parent 2015
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.
— Larry C., Parent 2015
Best Training I've Experienced
The training was excellent. Best I've experienced, and I've been to a lot of soccer camps.
— Colin H., Camper 2015
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.
— Janette K., Parent 2015
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.
— Justin W., Camper 2015
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.
— Owen C., Camper 2015
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.
— Gary S., Parent 2014
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.
— Phil D., Parent 2014
for the younger camps U13----more 1 on 1 or very small group work. my sons report card did not match up with his skill except in 1 area and that made me listen more to what he was actually saying in regards to the attention to the boys by the coaching staff. I don't feel that there was enough focus on small group or individual or they would have been more accurate in their assessment of my son and his friend who had the same issue. I sent my son to this camp because my older son had 2 great experiences there. I am hesitant to send my younger son again with the cost of camp for 3 days. I know it has been better from my older and i expect that for all the boys.
— James B., Parent 2016
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.
— Tom L., Camper 2014
My son went with two friends, and they all really enjoyed everything about this camp. Also, they've done other camps in the past, and very much appreciated having air conditioned dorms, and excellent dining, in addition to the soccer experience itself.
— Maggie S., Parent 2016
Needs better sleeping arrangement
Same kids have been going together each year, but this year you put all three in the same room. Not very well thought out. Not done before. As parents, we had to rearrange everything. Paid all this money for one child to sleep on the floor? Not good. Everything else was great however and the kids, which is the most important issue, is they had fun. They had two different rooms last several years.
— Jennifer S., Parent 2016
Made new friends
Great tactical and technical training. Met lots of great coaches made new friends.
— Nick O., Camper 2014
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.
— Patricia J., Parent 2014
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.
— Tamar C., Parent 2014
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.
— Ingrid S., Parent 2014
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.
— Tiffany B., Parent 2013
Needs better evaluation
More individual focus or smaller group focus. Actually work on items on your "report card" it's like a teacher giving a grade for something they never addressed all year.
— Thomas B., Camper 2016
Option to use any indoor facilities, if available. The week my son was there (July 24-27) was brutally hot, nearly 100 degrees in the afternoon and much hotter on the artificial turf.
— Cynthia W., Parent 2016
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!
— Giorgi R., Camper 2013
Skill improvement; reccomend
My son CJ had a wonderful experience at VA Tech camp. The coaches were very engaging, and helped him improve his game. We definitely recommend this camp!
— Mary C., Parent 2016
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.
— Sam G., Parent 2013
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!!
— Luis T., Camper 2013
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!
— Omar S., Parent 2013