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Recap: Almaden FC College ID Camp

By Almaden Soccer, 04/14/19, 4:00PM EDT


First Ever Almaden FC College ID Camp

College ID Camp

Inaugural College ID Camp

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:  

"Hello all,
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:

Name College Position Division/Conference
Emily Scheese

CSU Maritime


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

and Philippine

Women’s National


Jacob Pickard CSU East Bay Assistant Coach DII – CCAA
Rogelio Rubio

GPS International


Scout / Coach N/A


Manuel Montero was in charge of the boy's side and did a great job.  The Boys' coaches involved:

Name College Position Division/Conference
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

Shane Carew

CSU Monterey Bay Head Coach


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
John Devine.

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.