Bridges United Nike Soccer College ID Camp - Pennington School
Showcase your talent in front of some of the top college and university coaches in the nation
Join us for the Bridges United Nike Soccer College ID Camp at the Pennington School, located in Pennington, New Jersey. Led by Chad Bridges, head coach at The Pennington School, and former MLS draftee and collegiate All-American, Mamadou Diouf, campers will showcase in front of some of the top college and university coaches in the nation on one of three state-of-the-art grass or turf fields. Campers will train and play small-sided matches in front of top college coaches in the morning and play a 90-minute full-field match in the afternoon officiated by licensed referees. Coaches in attendance will come from all over the United States at Division I, II, III, and JUCO levels.
All matches will be recorded so players will have the opportunity to download them, review the films, and create highlight reels for their college recruiting profiles. Included in registration is lunch in our air-conditioned dining hall facility, an afternoon presentation with experts in the college soccer recruiting landscape, and a BOC-certified athletic trainer. Registration is limited to the first 100 campers in order to maximize players’ ability to showcase in front of the coaches.
- Unique and structured curriculum
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
- 90-minute full-field match in the afternoon officiated by licensed referees
- Campers receive an overall evaluation from their trainer/coaches
- SAT/ACT Boot Camp option available
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Nike T-shirt
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Founder - Bridges United Chad Bridges
Chad Bridges is the founder of Bridges United and has a long history of soccer from his time as a player, coach, and club director. Bridges is the current Head Boys’ Soccer Coach of the nationally ranked Pennington Boys’ Soccer team and has been named Prep Coach of the Year 7 times, Mercer County Coach of the Year 3 times, New Jersey Soccer Coach of the Year twice, and was honored as an All-American Coach in 2016.View Chad's Bio ⟩
A graduate of Drew University in Madison, NJ, Bridges earned a B.A. in Political Science, graduating with high honors. In his senior year, Bridges received the Norman Guy Award for Excellence in Academics and won the Larry Horner Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award for Leadership.
On the pitch at Drew University, Bridges was captain of the nationally-ranked men’s soccer program and earned numerous accolades during his time, including All-Conference and All-Region. Bridges also excelled on the basketball court, where he was a four-year letter winner and captained the team during his senior year. Bridges’ playing career saw his teams win two East Coast Athletic Championship titles, two conference titles, a Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship, and two trips to the Men’s NCAA tournament. His tenure at Drew was the start of a record-setting time in the program's history that saw seven consecutive berths to the NCAA tournament and a place in the National Championship in 2003.
Bridges' coaching career began shortly after his playing career finished, and he now has over 25 years of youth and high school coaching experience. His program has been recognized as one of the top high school programs in the nation and he has sent numerous student-athletes to the collegiate and pro level during his time on the sidelines. Bridges has been honored as the Trentonian’s Sports Person of the Year in 2017, as well as being inducted into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.
Bridges has earned a multitude of badges and licenses through numerous coaching education programs and completed his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with high honors. Bridges is the co-founder of Next Level Soccer Academy (NLSA) based in New Jersey that offers youth playing opportunities for boys and girls throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
During his time as a mentor to student-athletes, Bridges has worked with hundreds of student-athletes and their families in several sports to help identify and provide opportunities to pursue a successful academic and athletic career. He has worked with college and high school coaches, college counselors, agents, club directors, and consultants during his time. He has built strong connections through his passion and dedication to providing opportunities for all those interested in pursuing their sport at a new level.
Goalkeeper Trainer - Bridges United Tim Summiel
Tim Summiel returns as the Goalkeeper trainer for Bridges United Nike College ID Camp. Under Coach Summiel's guidance, soccer players have moved into top collegiate and MLS Academy programs.View Tim's Bio ⟩
Coach Summiel is a founding member and a former Regional Director of Steel United California. Prior to his stint at Steel, Summiel coached top teams with LA Galaxy South Bay, where he also served as the Director of Soccer Operations. Summiel holds a US Soccer Federation A License and a National Strength and Conditioning - Certified Personal Trainer license.
Volunteer Assistant Coach - University of Virginia Mike Lyons
Mike Lyons joins the Virginia coaching staff following a two-year stint at Skyline Elite in the ECNL, first serving as a coach before accepting a position as a member of the technical staff.View Mike's Bio ⟩
Lyons’ professional career began overseas in Brazil in 2012 when he played at the U-20 level for Atletico Goianiense in Serie A of Brazil. Lyons then signed his first professional contract in 2013 with Associao Esportiva Evangelica (ASEEV) who played in the Campeonato Goiano.
In 2014 Lyons made the move to Ireland where he was on trial with Longford Town in the League of Ireland before signing a contract to play for Cabinteely FC in 2015. Lyons signed with Athlone Town, another League of Ireland side in 2016/17. At the end of the season, he returned to the United States to pursue his degree.
While in school at Lynchburg University, Lyons began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Jefferson Forest High School boys soccer team, where his duties included planning training sessions and devising tactical strategies. In his time with Jefferson Forest Lyons and the staff led the team to its first appearance in the state final since the 2010 season.
Lyons holds his USSF C license in coaching.
Lyons resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Abigail and their daughter Kai.
Assistant Coach - Babson College Tim Peng
Tim Peng is in his fifth season as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Babson. He was elevated from part-time to full-time assistant in September 2022.View Tim's Bio ⟩
Over his first four years with the program, the Beavers have captured a pair of NEWMAC regular season titles to go along with conference tournament championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2019 and 2021. Babson went 12-3-4 overall and 5-0-2 in league play in 2018 and followed it up by posting a 14-6-2 mark, which included wins over eventual Division III champion Tufts and NCAA quarterfinalist Connecticut College during the regular season. The Green and White captured NEWMAC titles in both 2019 and 2021, advancing to the second round last fall.
Peng came to Babson after earning his degree in psychology from Trinity College in 2018. A four-year member of the men’s soccer team, he appeared in 34 career matches and made seven of his nine starts as a senior captain in 2017.
Peng, who scored his first goal in a 1-0 win over Western Connecticut State on October 8, 2017, was a three-time NESCAC Academic All-Conference selection for the Bantams.
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Peng played his high school soccer in nearby Sharon.
Assistant Coach - College of Charleston Max Correa
Max Correa is entering his second season at the College of Charleston, his first as an assistant after spending one season as the director of operations and player development.View Max's Bio ⟩
Correa comes to CofC from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he was an assistant coach since 2019. He assisted with training sessions as well as recruiting and travel logistics and planned scouting reports and ID clinics.
He also coached with the United Soccer Academy from 2017-20 and the Montclair United Soccer Club from 2019-20.
Correa was a two-time All-Landmark Conference selection during his playing career at Drew (N.J.) University. He ranks third in school history in career assists and played for a conference championship team and Sweet 16 qualifier in 2017.
He graduated from Drew in 2019.
Assistant Coach - Drew University Carlos Figueroa
Assistant Coach - Davidson College Jesse DiLuzio
Jesse DiLuzio is in his second season as an assistant coach on Mike Babst's staff.View Jesse's Bio ⟩
DiLuzio, the older brother of former Wildcat standout Jamie DiLuzio ’21, came to Davidson after almost two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville.
“It's funny how things work out- with Jamie Diluzio graduating and moving to Louisville for his fifth year of eligibility, we are able to bring in Jesse from Louisville where he was a Graduate Assistant for the past two seasons. He already has really valuable experience as a young coach and has an energy and ambition to help drive our program to a new level. And the familiarity he has with our program from his brother playing here for four years will really help him to transition into making an impact right away,” Babst said.
Along with assisting in a number of areas with the Louisville program, DiLuzio helped the Cardinals to an appearance in the 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
During his time in Kentucky, DiLuzio also served as a head coach of the Louisville City Academy.
As a standout player at Centre College, where he graduated from in 2018, DiLuzio guided the Colonels to their first SAA Championship in program history.
DiLuzio, who holds a USSF C License, is set to receive his Masters of Science Degree in Sports Administration from Louisville in May of 2021.
Assistant Coach - The College of New Jersey Brian Thomsen
Men's Soccer Assistant Coach at The College of New Jersey
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Camp Date: June 21-24, 2023 (Wed-Sat)*
Options: Day (9am-3pm) | Extended Day (9am-8:30pm) | and Overnight
- Check-in: First Day at 8am for Overnight | 9am for Day/Extended-Day
- Check-out: 12pm on final day for all campers
- Meals: Lunch is provided for day campers | Extended-Day/Overnight meal breakdown below
- Location: The Pennington School
*Final day is a half-day
**Check-in starts 15 minutes before camp start time
Colleges in Attendance*
*Information is based on previous years and is subject to change
- Drew University
- Drexel University
- Columbia University
- Connecticut College
- The University of Pennsylvania (UPENN)
- University of Central Florida
- The University of Delaware
- Oregon State University
- NC State
- University of Portland
- Rider University
- University of Connecticut (UCONN)
- Xavier University
- University of Virginia
- LaSalle University
- University of Dayton
- St. Bonaventure
- Dartmouth College
- Moravian University
- College of Charleston
- Babson College
- Davidson College
- The College of New Jersey
- More to come
Bridges United Goal & Commitment: Provide student-athletes from around the world an opportunity to earn a top education while also competing in their respective sport at a competitive level. Our mission is to bridge the gap between academics and athletics. We are BRIDGES UNITED. Bridges United identifies strong students and talented athletes from across the world and helps place them into high schools or colleges throughout the United States. Working with directors, coaches, and scouts, Bridges United will support these student-athletes and help place them in top academic and athletic programs. Our team stays involved with every student throughout their academic journey and partners with the school to ensure success.
- SAT Boot Camp: Available Add-On option. Prepare for the upcoming SAT with our SAT/ACT tutor. Following each camp day, athletes will spend time preparing for the SAT, taking practice assessments, and developing confidence as they prepare for the upcoming SATs. The session is recommended for those students entering their junior and senior year of high school.
- Athletic Assessment: Available Add-On option. PSCFit will be on hand throughout the camp and will provide those players who sign-up with an hour-long individual assessment, along with injury prevention recommendations, a training program for top soccer performance, a soccer-specific nutrition guide, all tailored to the individual athlete.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
Dorm: Buck Hall Dorm Room
Number of Campers Per Room: 2-3
Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual, If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel
Air Conditioning: Yes! A/C is available in rooms
Additional Amenities: Campers will have access to a lounge area, Wifi, and a Campus Center with ping pong tables, foosball, and televisions
Check-in: First Day at 8am
Check-in Location: TBA
Check out: Last day 12:00 pm on the last day following final games**
Check-out Location: TBA
Meals: Day 1: Lunch, Dinner | Days 2-3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch
A closing ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes prior to camp check-out on the last day. Parents are invited to attend! Departure immediately follows the closing ceremony.
DAY & EXTENDED DAY INFORMATION
- Day Camp Hours: 9am-3pm (Final day ends at 12pm)*
- Extended Day Camp Hours: 9am-8:30pm (Final day ends at 12pm)*
- Daily Check-In & Out locations: TBA
- Lunch is provided for Day Campers.
- Extended-Day meal breakdown: Day 1: Lunch, Dinner | Days 2-3: Lunch, Dinner | Day 4: Lunch
*Early/Late drop-off available at checkout (Includes breakfast for day campers
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Training from the Bridges United coaching staff.
- Meals & Housing: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt and a chance to win prizes
- Evaluation: All campers will receive an overall evaluation from their trainer/coaches
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
Ratio: Low camper-to-coach ratio
Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
Equipment Needed: All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle. A further list of 'recommended items' will be in the Information Packet.
Facility: The Pennington School
Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Athletic clothing (1-2 pairs/day)
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, 1 pair/day)
- Undergarments (1-2 pair/day)
- Swimsuit and beach towel
- Flip flops
- Laundry bag
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, facewash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
- Personal items & medications
- Eye mask, ear plugs (optional)
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Fan (optional)
- Bed sheets
- Comforter or sleeping bag
- Pillow and pillowcase
- Athletic clothing
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks (optional)
- Small gym bag/backpack
Nike Soccer Camp Balls can be purchased during registration. Players can choose between a size 4 or size 5 ball, which will be passed out on the first day of camp. Please note that it is not required to bring a soccer ball to camp as they are provided by the staff for camp instruction.
If you have a group of 4 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. If you have a group of 8 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please fill out the Team Discount - Soccer form with the name of your group and the names of each camper enrolling in the camp and we will create a unique discount code for your group.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SOCCER CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our soccer camps please see our FAQ page.
***Camps are open to any and all entrants. Enrollment in our camps is limited only by age, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 8-8:45am Breakfast
- 9-11am Morning Training Session
- 11-12pm Lunch
- 12-1pm College Speaker Program
- 1-2:30pm Showcase matches
- 2:30-3pm Review/ Day campers depart
- 3-5pm Afternoon activities
- 5-6pm Dinner
- 6-9pm Camper Activity (varies depending on day)
- 9-10pm Free time on campus
- 10-10:30pm In dorms/lights out
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stood out immediately
In a summer of camps, Bridges United ID Camp stood out immediately for quality of competition and ratio of coaches and scouts to players. However, most notable was Chad Bridges, his knowledge about the college recruitment process and the interest he took in the players attending. When you invest time and money in an ID Camp, you hope it can deliver a good experience for your son. Bridges United did just that, and so much more. Our son made many connections in the 3 day camp that almost immediately significantly advanced his recruitment process. Chad was not only helpful thorough out the camp in communicating with coaches in attendance, but generous to offer advice and assistance after camp, connecting with colleges that were not able to be in attendance.The college search process can be a roller coaster and can feel confusing and even impersonal at times. To find a camp director so well-respected and connected in the college soccer landscape, who is knowledgeable, kind and generous with his time can make all the difference. Chad Bridges and the well organized, competitive Bridges United ID Camp provided broad exposure to top programs and sound advice to players and their families. Highly recommend!
— Parent of College ID Camp Attendee (From Bridges United Testimonial)
I will definitely be back next year!
I had an incredible experience this summer coaching at Bridges United Camp at Pennington. The facilities were incredible, the staff excellent and accommodating, and the players were respectful and eager to learn. The camp allowed opportunities for players to learn from different coaches as well as showcase their abilities in front of a great selection of colleges. I will definitely be back next year!
— Coach Peng, Babson College (From Bridges United Testimonial)
It was a great help for our recruiting
Coaching at Bridges United Camp this summer was a great experience. The level of play was at a very high level, and the kids were very open to learning. It was a great help for our recruiting, as we got to see some high-level players that we may not have seen before! The facilities are top notch and Chad did a great job organizing the camp. I hope to be able to return next year.
— Coach Lyons, University of Virginia (From Bridges United Testimonial)
I think Coach Bridges is one of the best high school coaches in the country
I think Coach Bridges is one of the best high school coaches in the country, so if you’re working with him, that is a massive plus.
— National Championship-winning Coach (From Bridges United Testimonial)
Being able to compete at a high level with quality resources gave me an advantage over others
Bridges United is a great organization that helped me take both my academic and athletic careers to the next level. Being able to compete at a high level with quality resources gave me an advantage over others.
— Kyle Galloway, Division I Student-Athlete (From Bridges United Testimonial)
Bridges United brought me to the US from Brazil and gave me the chance to compete at high level
Bridges United brought me to the US from Brazil and gave me the chance to compete at high level on the pitch, while getting the most from my academics. Because of Bridges United, I fulfilled my dream of staying in the US with a full-time position after college.
— Marco Di Natale, Bridges United high school and collegiate student-athlete (From Bridges United Testimonial)
When it came time for college, they supported him throughout the recruiting process
Bridges United helped my son come to the United States and provided him with the opportunity of a lifetime to study and play soccer for his junior and senior years of high school. It was difficult to see our son leave, but we knew he was in good hands. The coaches were exceptional throughout the process, helping us make sure that he was prepared for his new school. They made the experience so easy for us and our family was so happy with the decision. When it came time for college, they supported him throughout the recruiting process and they helped him find his home for the next four years, where he was a student-athlete at a top university. He is now graduated and working at a great financial corporation and studying to earn his M.B.A. The path for our son started with Coach Bridges and his mentorship of our son.
— Bridges United Parent of a 2018 College Graduate (From Bridges United Testimonial)
I have so many opportunities for my future
Coach Bridges and Coach Diouf are like my big brothers who supported me and allowed me the chance to study in the United States. In high school, I improved my English, earned my high-school diploma, pursued soccer at the highest level, and earned a scholarship to a top-25 Division I program. While in college, I was on the Honor Roll for academics while also competing for a conference and NCAA Championship. Although it is still my dream to become a professional, my foundation for life after soccer will be there for me. Thanks to a dream that started when I was younger and through the support of my Coaches, I have so many opportunities for my future.
— Current DI Student-Athlete, Class of 2025 (From Bridges United Testimonial)
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