Nike Soccer Camp at Concordia University - St. Paul
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The Nike Soccer Camp at Concordia University - St. Paul, Minnesota is directed by the Women's Head Coach Steve Bellis, who will be accompanied by his coaching staff.
The camp is designed for boys and girls, of all abilities, ages 6-16, to develop athletically, refine their fundamental skills and enhance their technique, players will also get to develop position-specific skills via focused training. An amazing opportunity for any player to learn from a top college coaching staff and supplement their training in a fun and competitive setting!
- Concordia University coaching staff
- Focus on individual players learning in competitive enviornments
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers grouped by age and ability level
- Nike Camp T-shirt
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Coach Steve Bellis
Steve Bellis was hired as head women's soccer coach at Concordia University on February 4, 2011. He joined the Golden Bear sidelines after five seasons as head coach of St. Catherine University women's soccer...View Steve's Bio ⟩
He led the 2015 Golden Bears to the NSIC Tournament after a four game winning streak in league play set up a strong finish that had the Golden Bears producing two wins and a tie in the last four games to surge into the postseason.
In his first two seasons, the Golden Bears narrowly missed the eight team NSIC Tournament field with ninth place finishes despite a pair of strong seasons.
In his first season with Concordia, the Golden Bears went 7-10 overall and 6-7 in conference play, finishing just a win out of sixth and four points (a win and a tie) out of fourth place in a closely contested NSIC slate.
In his second season in 2012, the Golden Bears added the win and the tie necessary the previous season but still missed out on postseason play, just two points out of eighth and a win (three points) out of seventh in the 16-team league.
While competing hard on the field, the team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award under Bellis in each of his first four years leading the program.
Bellis became the first coach in Concordia's DII era history to lead his program to back to back double digit winning season finishing 10-8-1 in 2017, and 10-6-3 in 2018.
The 2019 Golden Bear soccer team had an historic season under Steve Bellis as he led his squad to the best record in program history with a 17-3-3 record and a 12-1-2 record in conference play along with a NSIC regular season title. With the best record in program history and hosting and playing in their first ever conference tournament championship game Bellis led the team to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and winning their first ever NCAA Tournament game in a shootout victory over Northeastern State. Bellis was named NSIC Coach of the Year and he and he and his staff were awarded the Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Bellis oversaw one of the best defenses in the country in 2019, setting a program record with 15 shutouts, and a .63 goals against average, while holding their opponents to only 8.6 shots per game. Bellis's 2019 team had a streak of six shutouts in a row and a stretch of seven wins in a row during the season.
Along with their tenacious defense in 2019 the Golden Bears had one of the best offensive seasons in program history as well. They set a program record in total goals (43), points (121), shots (382), shots on goal (192), game winning goals (17) and shots per game (16.6). They also finished the season tied for second in program history in assists (35) and second in program history in goals per game (1.87).
Bellis brings 15-plus years of soccer coaching experience to Concordia University, with a strong passion for the game of soccer and a commitment to a well-rounded student-athlete experience.
His previous three seasons at St. Kate's included the Wildcats earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award, while he guided the team to one of their most successful campaigns on the field in school history. The 2008 Wildcats posted a 9-7-2 overall finish which included a program record four MIAC victories.
He was no stranger to success coaching in the MIAC prior to his St. Kate's days, as he was an assistant coach for Macalester College, helping them reach two consecutive NCAA Division III National Championship contests, winning the 1998 National Championship before finishing as 1999 National Runner-Up. In addition to his assistant coaching duties at Macalester from 1998-2004, Bellis was head coach of the Junior Varsity squad for the Scots.
His strong recruitment efforts, based on his connections with Minnesota Thunder Academy (2008-10), Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (2000-present) and Coerver Coaching (2000-present) helped him solidify a Junior Varsity program at St. Kate's in his tenure as well.
Between his MIAC stints with Macalester and St. Kate's, Bellis coached the Wings Soccer Club as full time director of coaching and player development from 1998-2007 and was head girls varsity soccer coach at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minn.
Bellis is a native of Manchester, England and earned a bachelor of arts (BA) in applied sport studies and social science from Lancaster University in Lancaster, U.K.
His breakthrough in coaching came after receiving his degree when he worked as a Center of Excellence U13 Coach for Manchester United Football Club from 1995 to 1998. There, he coached players who would later move on to professional experience with Manchester United.
He holds the UEFA B coaching license, the NSCAA Advanced National, the USSF B and National Youth coaching licenses. He is a member of the NSCAA and the English FA coaching association.
He played from 1992 to 1998 for Chorley AFC in Lancashire, U.K.
Bellis earned his Master's degree in sport management from Concordia University in August, 2018.
Steve resides in Minneapolis with his daughters, Pippa and Ruby.
Assistant Coach Danielle Mendez
Danielle Mendez was introduced as the first full time assistant women's soccer coach prior to the 2022 season. She brings seven years of college coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and III levels to the program.View Danielle's Bio ⟩
Most recently, Mendez spent the previous three seasons at St. Olaf College as an assistant coach working with goalkeepers where she was also responsible for the program's social media presence along with a key hand in the program's recruiting efforts.
Her coaching career began at the University of North Dakota in 2017 where she helped the Fighting Hawks reach their highest RPI as a program, achieved the program's most wins in the Big Sky Conference along with the highest-ever finish in the league. Working with the goalkeepers, she implemented a program that produced the program's first-ever Big Sky Goalkeeper of the Year.
Following her time at UND (2017-18), she continued her career at the University of Montana (2018-19), once again working with goalkeepers and working towards a 2018 Big Sky Conference championship.
She's coached all-conference goalies at each of her previous stops, and also has experience locally at the club level at Salvo Soccer Club (2021-present), Eagan Wave Soccer Club (2019-20) and Burnsville Fire Soccer Club (2014-16).
Mendez earned her degree from St. Catherine University in exercise sports science with a minor in psychology in 2016 and completed a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in sports and exercise science in 2022.
She was a four-year starter as a college keeper at St. Kate's, setting the program record for goals against average (1.45), shutouts (19) and registered the second-most saves in program history (274). She was a senior captain and holds the distinction of fewest goals allowed in a season (16). Following her college playing career, she played at the semi-pro level for the Minnesota Twinstars where she was the goalkeeper in 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Her coaching career includes a Coaching E Liscence (2014), US Soccedr Grassroots 11v11 Liscence (2022) and Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches (2017).
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Due to local and state regulations, we anticipate having to reduce our enrollment numbers significantly this year. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- June 26-29, 2023
- July 17-20, 2023 (Full Day option Just added!)
- Ages: 6-16
- Gender: Coed
- Full Day Hours: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm*
- Half Day Hours: 9:00 am - 11:30 am*
- Check-in & out Locations: Sea Foam Stadium
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided
*Check-in starts 15 minutes before camp start time
This program is geared toward Player Development & High-Performance campers. Players will work on mastering the proper fundamentals, techniques and advancing their overall skills and knowledge of the game. A great opportunity for players to learn through a mix of drills, games, and competitive play. With a number of different camp options for all to enjoy!
Player Development is for campers of all skill levels. These camps are designed to maximize player participation and ensure each camper develops in all aspects of the game in a fun and engaging environment. Coaches will implement a wide range of technical, physical, and tactical activities with a focus on fun so campers get to improve with a smile on their faces.
High Performance is for campers looking to improve their game in a fun and fast-paced environment. These camps are designed so players leave the camp week more prepared for their club and high school seasons. Experienced coaches will provide campers with a fresh perspective and challenge them to develop technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of their game through a progressive curriculum.
*NOTE: If you believe your camper should be in a different skill level than the age requirement listed, please add a note at check-out and mention it to the camp director on day 1.
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!
We are super excited to add a GK component to our camp in 2023. Our GK lead Coach will be Danielle Mendez. She is the CSP Full-time GK Coach and spent many years at NCAA D1 and D3 schools
For our younger keepers, it may be their first formal introduction to serious goalkeeper training. The focus will be on handling, footwork, and all the technical components. We will break down the different components of the goalkeeper’s technical knowledge and tactical understanding - The primary tactical focus is on decision-making, reading the tactics of the game and organizing the defense. At the week’s end, each student will leave the camp a better goalkeeper, with the knowledge and tools to continue to improve throughout the year. Each day they will integrate with outfield players in our small-sided games.
For all campers, it will be an opportunity to train and play with other goalkeepers in a fun setting!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Training from the Concordia University - St. Paul coaching staff
- Supervision: Staff members are strategically placed throughout the camp to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt and prizes
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: Sea Foam Stadium
- 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
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
Nike Soccer Balls can be purchased during registration. Players can choose between a size 4 or size 5 ball, which will be passed out on the last 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.
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.
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.
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
- 9:00 am Campers arrive, warm up
- 10:00-10:30am Introduction/ fun games
- 10:30-11:00am Tech Training (Speed & Agility and Escape Dribbling)
- 11:00-12:00pm Lunch
- 1:30-2:20pm Offense and Defense training (1v1, 2v2, 3v1, 4v2)
- 2:20-2:30 pm Cool down and clean up
Sea Foam Stadium: 281 Hamline Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104
Sea Foam Stadium went from a vision of the athletic department to a reality when Mr. Phil Fandrei’s generous donation of $5 million on behalf of Sea Foam Sales Co. moved the project forward. Upon Mr. Fandrei’s gift, the University was able to successfully fundraise the entire cost of Sea Foam Stadium on behalf of benefactor donations.
The stadium is a year-round, multi-purpose facility that the football, women's soccer and men's & women's track & field team call their official home.
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