Boys Soccer Junior Camp - Individual
Junior Camp Philosophy
Our junior camps are designed to teach young players (ages 9-13) the fundamentals of soccer. Teaching players the correct technique is the basis of this camp. The coaches use the newest coaching methods and small sided games increase the touches on the ball to maximize the learning curve. The emphasis is on fun and certified trainers are on duty for the duration of the camp.
- Emphasis on teaching individual fundamentals
- Instruction to improve technical and positional skills
- Specialized goalkeeper training
- Evaluations provided to help with continued development
- Help to develop a passion for the game of soccer
Individual Campers Rates
Resident Camper - $370
Day Camper - $310
Resident Camper - $370
Day Camper - $310
Teams of 10-14 players receive $5 off per player
Teams of 15-19 players receive $10 off per player
Teams of 20+ players receive $15 off per player
All teams are invited to spend a week with us in the mountains. We are proud of the many teams that have gone through our camp, especially those who return year after year. We appreciate the coaches that continue to chose Appalachian as a place to further develop and enhance their team.
Coach with 8+ players: Free
Resident Coach with under 8 players: $185
Day Coach with under 8 players: $120
Second Resident Coach with 8+ players: Free
Second Day Coach: Free
Mountaineer Goalkeeper Academy
- Fitness - agility, flexibility, conditioning, upper body strength
- Tactics - positioning, game reading, angle play, reactions
- Technique - catching, diving boxing, collecting crosses
- Mental Aspects - Alertness, concentration, leadership
Each session will be run by Matthew Nelson, the current head coach at Appalachian State University. We are committed to providing a challenging, educational, and professional learning environment for each camper. The goalkeepers will train specifically as a group but will also be put in game situations to learn the positioning and decision making process needed to elevate their game. Detailed Gk evaluations will be handed out to promote development.
- Head Coach Matthew Nelson -Prior to his arrival at ASU in 2008, Nelson had assistant-coaching stints at Virginia Wesleyan (2003-05) and William & Mary (2005-06). He was a standout goalkeeper at NCAA Division II powerhouse Lynn University from 1996-99, where he tallied 49 wins and 31 shutouts while allowing just 30 goals and making 134 saves over 59 career games. An all-conference and all-region performer, Nelson ranks second in Lynn history in games, starts (57), wins, shutouts, goals against, goals-against average (.54), saves and save percentage (.817). A after earning scholar all-America recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 1999, he graduated from Lynn in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in international business Nelson played professionally for Kilkenny City A.F.C. of the Irish Premier League as well as for the Cape Cod Crusaders, South Jersey Barons, Virginia Beach Mariners, Harrisburg City Islanders and Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). He earned all-USL Second Division accolades in 2000 and 2007 and was a USL First Division all-star in 2006.
- Assistant Coach Jeff Bilyk - Appalachian State University men's soccer head coach Matt Nelson announced the hiring of assistant coach Jeff Bilyk on January 24, 2012. Bilyk comes to Appalachian having served as an assistant at Southern Conference-rival Davidson and Director of Coaching for North Meck Soccer Club in Cornelius, N.C. Bilyk's collegiate soccer experience began at his alma mater, Clemson. The Bayport, N.Y. native played four seasons with the Tigers and earned all-ACC, all-South region and all-ACC Tournament honors after captaining his squad to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship during his senior year. Bilyk went on to play for several teams in Major League Soccer (MLS) and United Soccer Leagues (USL), including the Miami Fusion, Milwaukee Rampage, Virginia Beach Mariners and Charlotte Eagles. In 2001, his Fusion team captured the MLS Supporters' Shield as regular-season champions, while his '02 Rampage squad were the USL A-League playoff champions.
- Assistant Coach Chris Whalley - Whalley joins the Mountaineers after coaching for two years at Milwaukee and with FC Milwaukee of the US Development Academy. Whalley who double the Panther's win total from the previous year before his arrival, led his team to an upset of nationally ranked Northern Illinois in 2011 marking UWM's first win over a ranked team since 2006. Prior to his time at Milwaukee, Whalley coached a nearby Lees-McRae College, where he led the Bobcats to the NCAA Division II national championship game. He also coached a team that ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense (2.74 goals per game) and ninth nationally in team defense (0.72 goals against). In five seasons at Lees-McRae, Whalley compiled a 72-22-12 record. In 2009, Whalley led the Bobcats to an 18-3-2 overall mark and a No. 1 national ranking during the year. He led teams to the three -straight regular-season conference titles and a pair of league tournament championships. In addition to a run to the national final in 2009, the Bobcats advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and the Elite Eight in 2007. Whalley won almost 85 percent of his games in his final three seasons with the Bobcats, including a 21-win campaign in 2007. Whalley was a two-time Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year as well as the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2007. On two occassions, he was a National Coach of the Year Nominee (2007, '09).
- Volunteer Coach Drake Branson - A former player at Appalachian State, Drake Branson returns in 2011 to assist with coaching duties. Branson played three seasons for the Mountaineers, starting 12 games and playing in 14. He recorded 32 career saves, five wins, and three shutouts. Branson is a native of Hendersonville, N.C. and a graduate of East Henderson High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Appalachian State in spring of 2011.
- Dave Balfrey - Former Appalachian Asst., former pro, Greensboro Dynamo
- Jordy Broder - Professional Player, Atlanta Silverbacks, former Appalachian player
- Terry Foley - Coach, Reston FC (VA), UEFA "A" License
- Brian Jillings - Coach, East Burke HS, former Appalachian player.
- Ken Kirsch - Coach Nease HS (FL), former Player-Stetson University
- David Knox - Coach, Charlotte Country Day School, former youth dir. Tranmere FC, England
- Andy McMorran - Northern Ireland Schoolboys National Team Coach
- Steve Oliver - Asst. Coach, Univ. of Arkansas, former pro GK, Southend Utd, England, UEFA "A" Lic.
- Cam Ormsby - Asst. Coach, Bucknell University, former Appalachian Player
- Chris Robinson - Former Pro, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, former Appalachian GK.
- Mark Thornton - Coach, CSA former Appalachian player
- Rob Wilcher - Coach TC Roberson HS, 2002 National COY, former Appalachian player
- Appalachian Soccer Stadium (Grass)
- State Farm Fields (Grass - lighted)
- Quinn Center (Indoor)
- Kidd Brewer Stadium (Field Turf - lighted)
- Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex (Field Turf - lighted)
My teams have been attending this camp for the past five years and every year it gets better. Appalachian State Boys Soccer camp is a perfect mixture of environment, facilities, and professional coaching. I highly endorse this camp and recommend any coach who wishes to enhance his teams play as well as increasing individual skill to attend the Appalachian State Boys Soccer Camp.
-Ken Kirsch, Head Coach, Nease High School. 2007 and 2008 Florida State Champs
My GK coach was very thorough and could show me how to do things properly. He's the best GK coach I've had.
-Bryan Newbold, 16, Smoky Mtn. HS, Sylva, NC
App. Soccer Camp was a great leaning experience for my team. Our coach was great, and he showed us a lot. The camp really brought us together as a team and made us much better.
-Jennifer Dillard, Coach, Concord HS (NC)
Our coach worked with us on our communication and our mental game. We got better every day. I'll be back next year.
-Chris Hartle, 15, '88 North Meck Red, Huntersville, NC
Dear Coach, We want to thank you for providing such a conducive learning environment for our team at this year's camp - the coaching was thorough and structured but flexible to incorporate our team's needs - The facilities were excellent and the cool summer weather and the mountain scenery was particularly nice for us - We would like to recommend the camp to other teams and individuals of all levels.
-Ken Kirsch and Richard Stupple, Coaches, Lake Mary Prep HS (FL)
The camp is tailored to the specific needs of each team. The best technical camp we have attended in 10 years of going to them. Coaching staff is genuinely interested in everyone improving skills and knowledge of the game.
-Coach Kevin Hicks, Dixon HS, Jacksonville, NC (NC Class 1A State Finalists in 2003)
Please complete our online registration form whether paying by credit card or check.
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If you decide to cancel your registration, a $50 cancellation fee will be withheld from the refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.
For registration information, contact the Office of Conference & Camp Services by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828-262-8718.
For program information, contact the program director, Coach Matt Nelson, by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (828) 262-6747.
According to NCAA rules and regulations all camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants regardless of skill level
(limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).