Nike Soccer Camp at the Darlington School
Nike Soccer Camps announces our newest location for the summer of 2019, the Darlington School in Rome, GA.
Our staff shares a passion for teaching the game of soccer to youth players. All of the sessions are designed to be fun, educational, challenging and competitive.
- State-of-the-art athletic facilities
- Low 10:1 camper to coach ratio
- Evaluation written by coaching staff
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
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Director Chad Liddle
Chad Liddle founded Darlington School Soccer Academy in 2004 and serves as director of the program. A member of the U.S. Soccer National Instructor Staff, he also serves as a coach for NSCAA and Region III ODP as well as an Id2 national scout for U.S. Club Soccer.View Chad's Bio ⟩
Chad has traveled the world through the game of soccer, serving as an instructor for the International Sports Coalition in Africa and working with U.S. National Team program, the Bahamian Federation, Bermuda National Team program and Guyana Football Federation. In 2009, he negotiated partnerships with several EPL and Brazilian Clubs. Chad holds a USFF “A” license, an NSCAA Premier license and is a member of many other professional soccer organizations. As a player, he was the Georgia State Player of the Year, Atlanta Journal Constitution State and Gwinnett County Player of the Year, one of only 20 U.S. recipients of the Ford-Pele Scholarship, and a goalkeeper for NCAA Division I Winthrop University, Big South Conference. Chad holds a B.S. from Berry College and a M.S.M. from the University of Georgia.
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.
Coed: July 10 - 13, 2019
Ages: 10 - 18
Check-in Hours: Wednesday, TBA
Check-out Hours: Saturday, TBA
Ratio: 1:10 Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
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.
We hold camp rain or shine.
What's included in the fee?
Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
Extended Day campers (9 am-8 pm - except on ﬁrst and last day): Lunch and dinner are provided.
24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Soccer Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Checklist of Things to Bring for Overnight Campers
(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
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring is emailed to all registered campers. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and are collected on the first day of camp.
Transportation is not provided by the camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
- 8:30-9:00 am Day Campers arrive
- 9:00-11:00 am Training session 1: Technical Training
- 11:30-12:30 pm Small sided practice and tournaments
- 1:00-3:30 pm Training Session 2: Tactical Training
- 4:00-5:15 pm Dinner
- 6:30-8:00 pm Evening Games
- 8:00 pm Day campers depart
- 8:30-10:00 pm Special games, pizza, movies