DePaul Men’s Soccer H.S. Elite ID Camp is a one day camp, targeted towards any and all young male players who desire to play at the NCAA Division I level and in the Big East Conference and are high school aged, incoming freshmen, junior college students, and four-year college transfers (with a release). The camp will take place at DePaul University – Sullivan Athletics Center.
The DePaul University has students from 100 different countries and 50 states, 63 % of the students is from Illinois, which give a great diverse environment on the campus. The university has a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio which gives rich opportunity to develop and learn new skills. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in over 37 countries where DePaul has programs up running. DePaul has been awarded as being among the nation’s Most Innovative schools and is located in the 3rd best college city in the U.S. with the students being among the happiest in the country as well. The athletic program offers 15 different NCAA Division 1 athletic teams, including soccer.
The camp staff consists of experienced top coaches from DePaul Men’s Soccer team as well as current and previous players from the team. Head Coach Craig Blazer has been in the position for the past 15 years. During his time here he has helped The Blue Devils achieving the BIG EAST tournament championship in 2015 and finished the season in 2014 as one of the top soccer conferences in the nation. Assistant coach Craig Reynolds has in his four seasons with The Blue Devils developed a lot of young talent, where several of them have been honored in the BIG EAST tournament. Assistant Coach Anthony Szymel joined The blue Devils in 2014 and is specialized in developing the goalkeepers.
All NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and Junior College schools from the Chicago-area will be invited to attend, watch and evaluate players. Previous schools that attended the camp: Northwestern University, Loyola University – Chicago, University of Illinois – Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Millikin University, Knox College, Benedictine University, Robert Morris College, Aurora University, Roosevelt University, Elmhurst College, North Central College, and The University of Chicago among others.
The H.S. Elite ID Camp has the purpose of exposing young soccer talents to a Division 1 college atmosphere and give them a taste of what college soccer is like. There will both be technical and tactical sessions, small sided games, and big sided games included in the program for the day.