Soccer Boys Academy ID - CANCELED

Camp Type: 
Athletic
Classification: 
Soccer (Men's)
Dates: 
Jul 24 2020 to Jul 26 2020

Appalachian State University has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19 closely and has provided the campus community with guidance regarding campus activities, events and conferences. 

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Soccer Boys Academy ID - (Individual camp) - Registration closed! 


Dates: July 24-26th

Check-in: 11:00 am -12:00 pm on campus (E-mail communications will provide exact residence hall)

Rates:

Resident Camper Early Registration (Before/On April 15) $425

Day Camper Early Registration (Before/On April 15) $365

Rates: (after April 15th)

Resident Camper $475

Day Camper $415


FREE BALL included with Registration

App State Men's Soccer Academy ID camp is intended for players who must be at least entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2020 that want to advance to the collegiate level. Morning and afternoon sessions are spent working on tactical and technical aspects of the game while evening sessions will consist of 11v11 matches.  Each camp will have a goalkeeper specific training element where the keepers will work with our goalkeeper coach, Matty Evans. Off the field, emphasis will be placed on informing the players about the college recruiting process and what it takes to reach the next level. The ASU staff and several other area college coaches (TBA) will be on hand to evaluate players.  One third of our roster comes from the ID camps, including 75% of the 2020 recruiting class.

20_okeefe_0.jpgHead Coach Jason O'Keefe enters his fifth year at the helm of the Appalachian State University men's soccer program.

O'Keefe took the program to new heights in 2019, posting 11 wins, the most for the Mountaineers since 2002, along with eight shutouts, the most clean sheets since 2011. Over the course of the season, App State took down four top 60 teams including Central Arkansas, High Point, Loyola Maryland and RV North Carolina. App State's win over the Tar Heels was its first since 1980, and marked the second straight season the Mountaineers beat a ranked team (def. No. 22 Coastal Carolina in 2018).

The Mountaineers consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast region in the United Soccer Coaches poll, ranking as high as No. 4. App State's RPI took a huge leap as well, jumping from 121 in 2018 to 68 in 2019. The Mountaineers ranked as high as 43 in the RPI during the 2019 season. App State scored 26 goals over the course of the season, the most since 2009.

For the second straight season, App State received a Sun Belt Player of the Year in Zeiko Harris. Harris earned Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring the App State defense that ended the regular season leading the Sun Belt in shutouts (7), T-2nd in goals allowed (20) and 3rd in goals against average (1.153). App State's shutout percentage of .412 sat at 37th nationally at the end of the regular season. Along with Harris' defensive effort, he scored two goals in 2019, including the game-winner in the 2-0 win over George Mason. Alex McGrath, a senior midfielder also earned a spot on the All-Sun Belt second team and the Sun Belt All-Tournament team under O'Keefe.

Many first-year Mountaineers saw success this season under O'Keefe and his staff including Jacob Madden, Kelan Swales and Nick Rogers. Madden, a redshirt freshman, made a splash at goalkeeper for the Mountaineers, starting every game between the posts and notching all eight shutouts. Madden ended the season with a 1.17 goals against average, allowing only 22 goals in 1,694 minutes. The keeper made 56 saves and his shutout percentage of .412 at the end of the regular season ranked him 37th in the NCAA.

Kelan Swales and Nick Rogers both made their presence known offensively, as Kelan Swales, a sophomore transfer, scored four goals and tallied two assists in his first season as a Mountaineer. Nick Rogers, a freshman forward, scored three goals in his rookie season and also managed one assist. Camden Holbrook, coming off a standout freshman season, had four goals as well, including three game-winners which ranked him fourth in the Sun Belt.

Off the field, the Mountaineers excelled both in the classroom and in the community. In hours recorded by the Helper Helper platform, which tracks service hours for schools representing 46 states and is the official partner for NCAA Team Works, App State men's soccer ranked No. 4 among Division I programs.

The Mountaineers received the United Soccer Coaches team academic award for the third time under O'Keefe and 13th time since 2002. College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2018-19 academic year. The Mountaineers also placed seven student-athletes on the Sun Belt Commissioner's List and 10 on the Sun Belt Honor Roll.

During his third season in 2018, O'Keefe helped the Mountaineers post a breakout season in which they finished 8-6-3 for their first winning campaign since 2012, while placing third in the Sun Belt for their highest standing since joining the conference. App State went 2-1-1 in league play highlighted by a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph over then-No. 22 Coastal Carolina for the Black and Gold's first win over a ranked opponent since 2009. Appalachian was one of 19 undefeated teams in the country at one point with a 4-0 start to the campaign and its best start since 2008. In App State's first three seasons with O'Keefe, the Mountaineers have increased their win percentage each season.

Appalachian boasted the best defense in the Sun Belt in 2018, as its 15 goals allowed were the best in the league and its goals-against average of .844 topped the conference and ranked 29th in the country. The offense also had quite the turnaround, increasing its scoring total by eight goals from 2017.

Also, the Mountaineers raked in the awards with seven Mountaineers earning all-conference honors, which led the Sun Belt and was the highest number of players for App to receive all-league recognition since 1980 when it landed seven players on the All-Southern Conference team. Jake Chasteen was the first player for the Black and Gold since 1989 (Carlos Lee) to be named Conference Player of the Year after he was named Co-Sun Belt Player of the Year. Chasteen was also named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team and later named to the Academic All-American Second Team for his efforts off the field.

Under O'Keefe's tutelage, freshman Camden Holbrook made a splash, where he was the only first-year player in the Sun Belt to lead his team in goals (six) and points (13). Holbrook led the team with 17 shots on goal and a solid shot-on-goal percentage of .739. He was named one of the top 100 freshmen according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, joining players from such schools as Stanford, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Pitt, Virginia and Washington. During the season, Holbrook was mentioned on the weekly freshman top 10 list with players from Northwestern, Syracuse and NC State.

During the 2017 campaign, the Mountaineers played well with a daunting schedule that featured seven eventual NCAA opponents with three wins coming against those foes. Appalachian's RPI also increased by 39 points from 160 to 121 in his second year. Thanks to the formidable slate last season, the Apps' strength of schedule jumped up all the way to 67th in the country after a ranking of 166 in his first year.

The defense was one of the best in the Sun Belt in 2017, as the six shutouts doubled the amount of shutouts in 2016 and was tied for second in the conference. Appalachian's save percentage of .765 was the second highest in the league with the 1.21 goals allowed per game also being the second best in the conference. The Mountaineers' 1.12 goals against averaged proved to be the second lowest as well. Under O'Keefe and the staff, Jake Chasteen finished second in goals against averaged at 1.083 and second with four blank sheets.

His first recruiting class made some noise with Juan Hernandez posting a team-high two goals, while seven of the Mountaineers that scored a goal were freshmen. In addition, first-year Mountaineer Reed Hunnicutt led the team and was fifth in the league with three assists. Hernandez' two goals against Central Arkansas was tied for the second most in a match in the league, which led to a Sun Belt Player of the Week honor. Off the field, the team was recognized the NSCAA Academic Award for a second-straight season under O'Keefe and 10th overall.

During his first year leading the Mountaineers, O'Keefe led the Mountaineers at one point to six-straight unbeaten in a tough stretch of matches that included draws with No. 8 Charlotte and No. 23 Hartwick on the road. During the 2016 season, O'Keefe coached two-time, first team all-Sun Belt Stephen Chapman who, along with eight goals on the season, was named CoSIDA Academic All-America and NSCAA All-Region. The team was also honored with the NSCAA Academic Award for their efforts in the classroom.

A 17-year veteran, O'Keefe's coaching experience includes stints with some of the nation's most successful men's soccer programs, including North Carolina, Saint Louis and Wake Forest.

O'Keefe spent the past two seasons (2014-15) at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to a pair of top-10 finishes (No. 5 and No. 9 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America polls in 2014 and 2015, respectively). UNC earned NCAA Tournament berths both seasons that O'Keefe was on the Heels' coaching staff and fell just one win short of advancing to the 2014 College Cup, falling to No. 2 seed UCLA on penalty kicks in the national quarterfinals.

As North Carolina's recruiting coordinator, O'Keefe helped the Tar Heels land back-to-back top-10 signing classes, including what is currently ranked as the nation's No. 1 class for 2016, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Prior to his two seasons at UNC, O'Keefe was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Louis for four seasons (2010-13). With O'Keefe on staff, SLU won two Atlantic 10 Conference championships (2012 tournament, 2013 regular season), earned a No. 8 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and were ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region in both 2012 and 2013.

For his efforts at Saint Louis, O'Keefe was named the NSCAA's Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 and, in 2013, he was tabbed as one of the nation's top 15 assistant coaches by CollegeSoccerNews.com.

O'Keefe's successful time at SLU was preceded by three seasons (2007-09) at Elon, where he coached in the same conference (Southern) as Appalachian State. He was an assistant coach for his first two seasons at Elon before being promoted to associate head coach for his final campaign with the Phoenix. His promotion to associate head coach came after he helped lead Elon to the first regular-season SoCon championship in school history in 2008.

During his three years at Elon, O'Keefe recruited and/or coached four SoCon Players of the Year, including 2009 SoCon Freshman of the Year and 2010 and 2012 SoCon Player of the Year Chris Thomas.

Prior to his three seasons at Elon, O'Keefe helped lead Cincinnati to the first Big East Conference championship in school history and an NCAA Tournament berth in his lone season with the Bearcats in 2006. During his time, he also coached the the 2006 Big East Offensive Player of the Year.

O'Keefe's first opportunity as a Division I coach came at Wake Forest, where he helped lead the Demon Deacons to three NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons (2003-05). WFU won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2004. All three of O'Keefe's Demon Deacon squads won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the third round in both 2004 and 2005.

At Wake Forest, O'Keefe coached the ACC's 2003 and 2004 Offensive Players of the Year and the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year.

O'Keefe's began his coaching career with three seasons (2000-02) at his alma mater, Greensboro College. During his three-season coaching stint at Greensboro, the Pride won three-consecutive Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

As a student-athlete at Greensboro, he helped the Pride to three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, the 1996 South Region championship and the 1994 Dixie Conference title.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, O'Keefe has also served as a scout for the US Soccer Development Academy (2012-16), a head coach in the North Carolina Olympic Development program (2007-10), director of coaching for the Burlington Soccer Club in Burlington, N.C. (2007-10) and assistant director of coaching for the Twin City Soccer Association in Winston-Salem (2003-06).

A Dean's List student, O'Keefe graduated from Greensboro College in 1997 with a B.A. in history. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) advanced national diploma.

O'Keefe and his wife, Julie Isley O'Keefe, have one son Jonah Craig O'Keefe.

"I am humbled and honored to become the next head coach of the App State men's soccer program," O'Keefe said. "I am grateful to Dr. Sheri N. Everts and Doug Gillin for giving me this tremendous opportunity. I can't wait to get started with the staff and team. We will work extremely hard every day to make everyone involved with App State — alumni, students, faculty, staff, community members and fans — proud of our program and our student-athletes on and off the field."

O'KEEFE'S COACHING CAREER AT A GLANCE
2000-02 — Greensboro College (assistant coach – three USA South Championships, three NCAA tournaments)
2003-05 — Wake Forest (assistant coach — ACC championship, three NCAA Tournaments)
2006 — Cincinnati (assistant coach — Big East championship, NCAA Tournament)
2007-09 — Elon (assistant coach/associate head coach — Southern Conference championship)
2010-13 — Saint Louis (assistant coach — two Atlantic 10 championships, 2012 NCAA Tournament)
2014-15 — North Carolina (assistant coach — two NCAA Tournaments, 2014 Elite 8, 2015 ACC Coastal Division Champions)
2016- — Appalachian State (head coach)

HONORS AND AWARDS
2012 — Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year - National Soccer Coaches Association of America
2013 — One of the nation's top 15 assistant coaches - CollegeSoccerNews.com
2015 — Nation's No. 7 recruiting class - TopDrawerSoccer.com
2016 — Nation's No. 1 recruiting class - TopDrawerSoccer.com

 

bradleyfranks_0.jpgAssistant Coach Brad Franks 

In Franks' first season with the Mountaineers, they posted their first winning season since 2012 with an 8-6-3 mark and a 2-1-1 record in the Sun Belt. Appalachian also
defeated then-No. 22 Coastal Carolina for its first win over ranked opponent since 2009. The Black and Gold at one point was one of only 19 undefeated teams in the
nation.

Franks played a pivotal role in the offense making a resurgence, posting an eight-goal increase from 2017 (12 goals) to 20 goals in 2018. The 20 goals scored were
the most since the 2014 campaign. In addition, App State attempted 88 shots on goal, a vast improvement from the 53 shots on goal in 2017. The Mountaineers
had seven players make the All-Sun Belt team, which were the most for App since 1980 and also led the conference.

The Mountaineers followed up the 2018 season with a standout 2019 season, posting 11 wins, the most for the Mountaineers since 2002, along with eight shutouts, the most clean sheets since 2011. Over the course of the season, App State took down four top 60 teams including Central Arkansas, High Point, Loyola Maryland and RV North Carolina. App State's win over the Tar Heels was its first since 1980, and marked the second straight season the Mountaineers beat a ranked team (def. No. 22 Coastal Carolina in 2018).

The Mountaineers consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast region in the United Soccer Coaches poll, ranking as high as No. 4. App State's RPI took a huge leap as well, jumping from 121 in 2018 to 68 in 2019. The Mountaineers ranked as high as 43 in the RPI during the 2019 season. App State scored 26 goals over the course of the season, the most since 2009.

Kelan Swales and Nick Rogers both made their presence known offensively under Franks, as Kelan Swales, a sophomore transfer, scored four goals and tallied two assists in his first season as a Mountaineer. Nick Rogers, a freshman forward, scored three goals in his rookie season and also managed one assist. Camden Holbrook, coming off a standout freshman season, had four goals as well, including three game-winners which ranked him fourth in the Sun Belt.

"I am very excited for Brad to join our staff here at App State," coach O'Keefe said. "I would like to thank Shaun Utterson for his time as he helped our program grow tremendously while he was here. I have known Brad and his family for about 12 years. I coached his brother Jamie at Wake Forest and then coached Brad at Elon. Brad will help our program continue to strive for excellence every day and help us achieve all our goals in the future. Brad is a tremendous young coach who has an excellent eye for the game. Brad accomplished many things at Elon (as a player and asst. coach) that we want for our players here at App State. He will be a huge support for them as we continue in the process we are in. He will be instrumental in our players' development as young men and athletes."

The newly-hired assistant coach has been successful at all of his stops before arriving to the High Country, where High Point (2011-13) and Elon (2014-17) were a combined 66-46-24 and 31-17-15 in conference action.

In his most recent stint of four seasons at Elon, the Phoenix amassed a solid 37-23-15 overall mark and a 16-8-8 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. In 2015, Franks contributed to 14 wins en route to a share of the CAA regular-season title while also seeing Elon achieve the program's highest national ranking ever at No. 8 in the country. Franks and the Phoenix returned to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence and recorded the program's first-ever victory in the national tournament after a 3-0 win over Winthrop.

In 2014, Franks helped the Phoenix to nine victories during its first season in the Colonial Athletic Association. Franks was also critical in the development of Miguel Salazar becoming first team All-CAA while helping five other members to All-CAA accolades.

As a volunteer assistant at High Point, Franks' role included taking care of the Panthers' day-to-day operations, the planning and execution of practices and all video analysis. High Point won 21 games and achieved its first NSCAA national ranking during Franks' first tenure with the squad.

A four-year starter under Powell at Elon from 2007-10, Franks appeared in 77 matches for the Phoenix and tallied 22 points on five goals and 12 assists throughout his career. He earned first-team All-Southern Conference as a senior and second team accolades as a junior.

"A sincere thank you to Jason (O'Keefe), Doug Gillin and Appalachian State for this tremendous opportunity," Franks mentioned. "I am incredibly excited to get the chance to work with Jason and help continue to transform the App State Men's Soccer program. Through my time as a player at Elon, I watched Jason help turn Elon into a top program through the culture and accountability on and off the field. Jason shares my belief in developing these young men in all aspects of their lives. I wish my alma mater nothing but the best and want to say thank you to Dave Blank and Marc Reeves Reeves for the unbelievable working environment during my time at Elon.

Franks earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Elon in sport and event management in 2011. He also holds a National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

 

matty_evans_2.jpgAssistant Coach Matty Evans

In his first season with App State, the Mountaineers had a breakout season, posting 11 wins, the most for the Mountaineers since 2002, along with eight shutouts, the most clean sheets since 2011. Over the course of the season, App State took down four top 60 teams including Central Arkansas, High Point, Loyola Maryland and RV North Carolina. App State’s win over the Tar Heels was its first since 1980, and marked the second straight season the Mountaineers beat a ranked team (def. No. 22 Coastal Carolina in 2018).
 
The Mountaineers consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast region in the United Soccer Coaches poll, ranking as high as No. 4. App State’s RPI took a huge leap as well, jumping from 121 in 2018 to 68 in 2019. The Mountaineers ranked as high as 43 in the RPI during the 2019 season. App State scored 26 goals over the course of the season, the most since 2009.
 
Under the development of Evans, Jacob Madden, a redshirt freshman, made a splash at goalkeeper for the Mountaineers, starting every game between the posts and notching all eight shutouts. Madden ended the season with a 1.17 goals against average, allowing only 22 goals in 1,694 minutes. The keeper made 56 saves and his shutout percentage of .412 at the end of the regular season ranked him 37th in the NCAA.
 
"We are very excited to add Matty to our staff," O'Keefe stated. "Matty has worked some of our camps in the past and will be a fantastic addition to our program.  He has hit the ground running and already helped the program in many ways.  He brings international experience to the staff coming from England, where he grew up playing and then came over to the US to play and get his degree.  He has worked with two of the top Division II programs over the past couple of years, so he knows what it takes to win a championship.  He brings a great wealth of knowledge and background of successfully training goalkeepers to develop and exceed their potential." 

The newly-hired assistant is no stranger to success, as both of his stints at West Chester and most recently, Lander, combined for a 30-5-5 mark and deep runs in the postseason. In his one-year stint at Lander, he helped the Bearcats boast a 16-2-3 record and a 6-1 Peach Belt Conference record. Lander finished as a regular season and tournament runner-up while earning a Southeast Regional championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Lander finished the season ranked fifth in the nation. The Bearcats allowed just 12 goals during the season thanks in large part to a stellar 16 shutouts and a Lander record of 942 minutes without suffering a score. Lander saw six players earn all-conference recognition, five all-region selections and one All-American in Jordan Skelton. Among Lander's all-region selections was its goalkeeper, Jacob Withers, who was first in the nation for save percentage, had a 0.38 GAA and posted 13 clean sheets out of the 16 opponents he faced.

While at West Chester, he contributed to the Golden Rams' 14-3-2 season and an unblemished 11-0 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, capturing a conference championship. West Chester advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the first time in over 50 years. Five players earned all-conference honors with four being named all-region. The Golden Rams finished 17th in the country in the final rankings. 

Evans played semi-professionally in the USL league 2 in 2016 for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. 

As a player at Seton Hill, Evans was a successful goalkeeper, starting in 36 career matches and totaling over 3,000 minutes of playing time between the posts. He helped the team to a school record 12 wins in 2015, while his eight shutouts were the fourth most in conference history. He totaled 131 saves in two seasons with a career save percentage of .744. 

"I want to give a big thank you to coach O'Keefe and Doug Gillin for the opportunity to coach in an extremely successful athletics department," coach Evans said.  "I am excited to be able to work with Jason & Brad (Franks) in continuing to transform Appalachian State men's soccer into a championship-winning program. I have been able to get to know Jason over the past few months and our philosophies, coaching style, and beliefs are very similar. His love for the game is contagious and I am excited to be apart of his coaching staff. I want to say thank you to Lee Squires at Lander University for being an incredible mentor as I continued to make the transition from being a player to a coach. I wish Lee and the program all the best for the future" 

Evans graduated from Seton Hill University with a bachelor's of science degree in sports management. He will be joined in Boone by his wife, Rachel. 


Facilities

• Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex (Field Turf - lighted)
• Sofield Indoor Facility (Field Turf-Indoor)

Testimonials: 

I really enjoyed my time at the App St summer camp. It was well organized, and the campus is awesome! The workouts were challenging but fun. I liked the fact I was able to compete against other college prospects and see where I stood. It was nice to be able to talk to Coach O'Keefe directly about my play-what I did well, and what I need to improve on. For me, camp was one the most important pieces in my effort to earn a spot on the 2017-2018 App St soccer roster. -Justin Pruitt

Attending the ID camp gave me the opportunity to compare where I was in my development against college level players.  As a goalkeeper, I was challenged during the skill sessions as well as the games and benefitted from the competition.  Spending time on campus allowed me to spend time with the coaches and players and helped me realize it was the right program for me. -Austin Shuping

App State’s ID camp was a great opportunity to actually experience App State soccer. I could see first hand Coach O’Keefe’s priorities and approach to soccer. Being around the coaching staff and players gave me a real feel of what playing at App will be like. -Wyatt Williams

The id camp was such a great experience. As soon as I stepped foot in the dorm all three coaches greeted me and I felt at home. Every drill was competitive and it really gave me an opportunity to showcase my talent. Being able to stay on campus was a huge part of the camp, it showed me how the life would be like in a dorm and playing soccer. Being able to play with the current players was a tremendous opportunity. I got to compare my talent to theirs. I went into the camp being confident and I played my game and the coaches were so encouraging the whole camp and at the end of the camp I knew this is where I want to play my 4 years. -Mason Robicheaux 

Being able to experience the Appalachian environment made me feel welcomed. Being coached by Division One coach’s gave me a different perspective on the game. Being able to stay for a few days felt as if I were at home and now I’m ready to get the full experience. -Alex Hernandez

Questions:

- For registration information, contact the Office of Conference & Camp Services or by e-mailing Jack Chambers at chambersje@appstate.edu 

- For program information, contact Bradley Franks at franksbr@appstate.edu

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)