2017 Bates College Men’s Soccer ID Summer Camp is for prospective male college players (High School grades 10-12) looking for an elite education and soccer experience.
At the camp players will be offered technical sessions, tactical sessions, and a round-robin tournament where they will have the opportunity to be seen by a number of college coaches.
Current Bates players identified at the camp include All-NESCAC striker Peabo Knoth, and regular starters Jack Martell and PJ DiBenedetto.
The camp will be ran by Stewart Flaherty who is head coach of Bates College and a head coach for the SoccerMaine ODP staff.
Campers are placed in small groups according to age and are supervised by qualified counselors. The small groups give campers many opportunities to participate, learn new skills and make friends. The program features fun recreational activities, such as arts & crafts, games, dance, computer and enrichment classes. The sports program includes fitness, soccer, and basketball instructions and games. Trained and experienced staff will supervise, teach and coach these activities. The swimming lessons are taught and supervised by certified lifeguards and a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor. The camp also offers field trips, theme days, an annual carnival and talent show event.
Since its founding in 1855 by Maine abolitionists, Bates College has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. Bates is located in central Maine, 35 miles from Portland, 140 miles from Boston, and 340 miles from New York City.
A private, highly selective, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the liberal arts, Bates has always stood firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom. Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition, and is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color.
Stewart Flaherty became head coach of the Bates College men’s soccer team after the 2011 season, promoted into the head spot after assisting former head coach (and now Senior Coach of Soccer Programs) George Purgavie during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
A 2004 graduate of Loughborough University in England with a master’s degree in sport psychology, Flaherty has accumulated extensive experience with player development and recruitment in the US. In addition to his coaching at Bates, for the past three years he has served as assistant coach with the Portland Phoenix senior team in the PDL, the third level of soccer in the US under MLS and the USL.
Players Flaherty has coached at the PDL level include MLS draft picks Charlie Rugg (Los Angeles Galaxy 2013), Aaron Schoenfeld (Columbus Crew 2013) and Pierre Omanga (New England Revolution 2014). Additionally, Michael Donald (Ayr United) and Clement Bopart (Marseille) have continued onto professional careers in Europe.
After graduating from Loughborough University, Flaherty served his first coaching role as a volunteer assistant with Loughborough College in England. He accepted his first head coaching position as girls’ soccer coach at Cody High School in Wyoming, where he helped the Fillies break the school’s all-time record for wins in a single season in 2005 and landed Cody’s first two all-state players, Sarah Kramp and Crystal Umphlett, who also won the Gatorade Player of the Year Award for Wyoming in 2005 and went onto play for the University of Wyoming.
During his tenure at Bates, the team has put considerable time into off the field endeavors in the community. The Bobcats have volunteered at Hillview School, Tree Street Youth, Trinity Soup Kitchen, and MLK Reading Day. In 2013, Flaherty became the first athletic department staff member to earn the Harward Center Award for community volunteerism, leadership, and engagement.
Flaherty is also an assistant coach for the Portland Phoenix PDL team – a Premier Development League for semi-professional players. Former members of the Phoenix now play professionally in Europe, Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues.
Other notable camp alumni include Wyatt Omsberg (Dartmouth starter) and Seb Blickman (Bucknell starter and 2014 Patriot League Tournament MVP). Recent camp alumni are currently playing at Southern New Hampshire, Franklin-Pierce, Fordham, Bryant, Gettysburg, Williams and Amherst among other schools.