Nike Boys Soccer Camp at University of St. Thomas
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Join us for an amazing week of camp at Nike Soccer Camp at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. Team up with Men's Soccer Assistant Coach Evan Sassano for the ultimate soccer training camp! With a mix of traditional and modern soccer coaching methodologies, the curriculum is one that allows every camper the opportunity to continue to progress to a higher level of soccer play. This youth soccer camp provides the perfect blend of instruction and fun! Make friends and create memories with our team that will last a lifetime!
- Unique and structured curriculum
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
- Competitive and Fun Scrimmages
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers grouped by age and ability level
- Nike Camp T-shirt & Prizes
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Men's Soccer Assistant Coach - University of St. Thomas Evan Sassano
Evan Sassano is entering his second season as the assistant coach of the St. Thomas men's soccer team in 2022.View Evan's Bio ⟩
Sassano has previous experience as a head coach at Holy Names University, and in an assistant's role at both San Francisco State University and at his alma mater, University of California Berkeley.
He spent his college days competing as a starting defender for the Cal Golden Bears, contributing to two Pac-12 Conference championships. After his collegiate career, Sassano played professionally overseas in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in the U.S. for the Minnesota Stars of the North American Soccer League.
Men's Soccer Head Coach - University of St. Thomas Jon Lowery
The 2023 year marks the 12th season for Jon Lowery as head coach of St. Thomas Men's Soccer.View Jon's Bio ⟩
Lowery's 2022 team went 3-12-2, posting shutouts in wins over Eastern Illinois and Lindenwood and in a tie against Denver.
Lowery and his program made the historic jump from D-III directly into D-I in 2021. The Purple won its final three games of the season, finishing 3-12-1.
A Division III National Coach of the Year in 2016 and Region Coaching Staff of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, Lowery guided St. Thomas men's soccer's improvement from nine wins in 2014 to 12 wins in 2015, a school-record 20 wins in 2016, a school-record 22 victories in 2017, and 16 wins in 2018.
After a slow start in 2019, a young St. Thomas team reeled off 11 consecutive wins to share the MIAC championship.
The 2018 Toms tied for ninth in the country after winning two NCAA playoff games. Senior Will Kidd made All-America, and All-Region senior keeper Aidan Hogan became the first MIAC goalie to close his career with 50 wins and 30 shutouts.
The 2017 Tommies became just the third conference team in the last 27 seasons to post a 10-0 MIAC finish. They also became the first program since the conference playoffs were established in 2003 to sweep the solo regular-season title and playoff title in consecutive seasons. Lowery's No. 4-ranked St. Thomas team lost in the national playoff quarterfinals, 1-0 on the road at No. 5-ranked North Park (Ill.), to end the season 22-2. The Toms had a 19-game win streak halted and fell one victory shy of a return trip to the national semifinals. St. Thomas won 3-0 the previous day over No. 10-ranked Otterbein, the team's 33rd victory in a row when it scores multiple goals. The 2017 UST squad broke a school record for goals with 56. St. Thomas senior Shae Bottum was named National Player of the Year and MIAC Player of the Year, and repeated as All-America. Justin Oliver also made second-team All-America.
Lowery holds an ‘A’ License from the United State Soccer Federation as well as having an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA and completed his Masters in Sport Management from UMass-Amherst in 2006. He and his wife Gretchen are the proud parents to two boys, Owen and Issac.
Men's Soccer Assistant Coach - University of St. Thomas Martin Alba
Volunteer Men's Soccer Assistant Coach - University of St. Thomas Nathan Spores
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Due to local and state regulations, we anticipate having to reduce our enrollment numbers significantly this year. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Camp Date: June 19-23, 2023 (Mon-Fri)
Half-Day Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm
Full-Day Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm
- Full Day & Half Day Check-in & out Locations: South Soccer Field
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided. Please bring packed lunch
*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.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
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 University of St. Thomas Men's Soccer coaching staff
Day campers: Lunch or snacks are not provided. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be a water station available to fill up and stay hydrated
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.
Facility: University of St. Thomas
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 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.Show Less See More Camp Details
Important Information & Sample Daily Schedule
- 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.
- 9:00am Check-in
- 9:00-9:30am Rosters and juggling
- 9:30-10:00am Speed, agility, quickness drills
- 10:00-10:30am Technical introduction
- 10:30-11:00am Technical development
- 11:00-11:45am Full pressure activity
- 12:00-12:45pm Lunch/Half-day campers depart
- 12:45-1:45pm Small-sided games
- 1:45-2:45pm Scrimmages
- 3:00pm Campers depart
Nice mix of skill training and game play.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.