This past Sunday, April 7th, Almaden FC hosted our college ID camp from 9am to 4pm. Led by our technical director, John Devine, and ten other college coaches from the area, players who attended the camp got a chance to experience a training session similar to the level of college play. Our players also got a chance to hear about what it's like to be a collegiate student-athlete playing for each of these schools. Our Technical Director John Devine wanted to pass on his message of thanks and congratulations to all involved:
Just a few lines to congratulate all involved in the first ever Almaden FC College ID camp on Sunday April 7th, 2019 at O’Malley field.
There were boys and girls from mainly AFC teams in the age range from 01/02/03/04 brackets.
On the day attending to the practices were 10 college coaches in attendance, from varying college levels and different coaching positions ranging from Head college coach to assistant coach.
In charge of Ladies’ side was Emily Scheese who did a great job. The Girls’ coaches involved:
|Head Coach||NAIA - Cal Pac|
|Jennifer Kerwin||West Valley College||Head Coach||CCCAA – Coast South|
|Lauren Nadler||UC Santa Cruz||Head Coach||DIII – AD3I|
|Claire Lim||UC Santa Cruz||
Asst. Coach, alumna
|DIII – AD3I|
|Jacob Pickard||CSU East Bay||Assistant Coach||DII – CCAA|
|Scout / Coach||N/A|
Manuel Montero was in charge of the boy's side and did a great job. The Boys' coaches involved:
|Manuel Montero||De Anza College||Assistant Coach||CCCAA – Coast South|
|Simon Tobin||San Jose State||Head Coach||DI – WAC|
|Johnathan Lester||San Jose State||Assistant Coach||DI – WAC|
|CSU Monterey Bay||Head Coach||
DII - CCAA
|Keith Lambert||Menlo College||Head Coach||NAIA - GSAC|
This event was, in my opinion, the most important event of my time here as TD for Almaden FC. It is an indication to all AFC parents/Players that AFC is clearly committed to developing relationships with Colleges/Coaches, to enhance all our players chances of getting exposure to college coaches and further strengthen their opportunities to get to College.
It has taken 2 years to get to this point and we are already making new relationships with other colleges, I have had tremendous support along the way from Simon Tobin, Shane Carew, Emily Scheese, Manuel Montero, Gordon Mackintosh,Patrick Stine, Kelly Johnson Matt Bambrick and also our Breakers Academy affiliation Head Coach, Paolo Carbone who has also given AFC players the opportunity to play Academy level Soccer, and I thank him for this as it shows everyone the very clear pathway to College I have created with all their help, now at AFC we start with Rec/Comp/GPS/Bayern/ Breakers Academy/College, so we have a real live pathway to College that will be further developed as we go forward.
This was the start of this process and I look forward to more exciting times ahead,
Thank you all for your support with this, good Luck
We are grateful to all of these fantastic college coaches for taking the time to share their knowledge and experiences with our players. This program was free to AFC competitive players and we hope that our players that attended have a better understanding of what they need to improve on in order to become successful collegiate athletes in the future.