SMU Women’s Soccer College Prep/ID Camp is 1-day camps targeted towards young female players between 13-18 years old, who would like to have a taste of what playing soccer on a college level is all about. The camp will take place at the Westcott Field close to SMU’s campus.
The Southern Methodist University is a private university located near the center of Dallas. It is nationally ranked and it’s 11,000 students come from all 50 states and 90 different countries to study at a low student-to-faculty ratio university. The university is focusing on providing their students with hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs, as well as a variation in the topics of humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools. Students also have wide opportunities to study abroad trough more than 150 programs in 50 countries. The athletic program has 17 sports competing in the American Athletic Conference at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
The staff at SMU Women’s Soccer College Prep/ID Camp will consist of experienced college coaches from all around Texas and the US. The staff from SMU who will attend the camps will consist of Head Coach Chris Petrucelli, who is a two-time National Coach of the Year and 1995 NCAA Championship Coach, enters his 6th season at SMU’s Mustangs. He has led the Mustangs to an undefeated record at home, 8 players who earned All-American Athletic Conference recognition and earned a 3rd place finish in AAC regular season and runner-up in the conference tournament. Assistant Coach Nicole Nelson has been on the team for 5 seasons and has helped seven Mustangs earn all-conference honors. Assistant Athletic Trainer Mat Cosgriff has been on the team for three seasons and is mainly in charge of the training of the goalkeepers.
SMU Women’s Soccer College Prep/ID Camp will give the players insight into the recruiting process, what coaches look for in recruitable players and a day with a taste of the day to day life of a college soccer athlete. The players on the camp will be broken down into smaller groups based on age and skill level so that each player can get as much attention as possible. The program on the camp will consist of technique sessions with a focus on individual creativity to enhance the players’ confidence and positive attitude, tactical sessions with the use of small-sided games. There will be opportunities to play nightly games where the players can try the new tactics and techniques they’ve learned throughout the day, watched and coached by the college coaches and staff. The coaches and staff will also be available for answering any questions the players must have throughout the week.
Goalkeeping practice is available at the camp with the goalkeeper specialist from the Mustangs team.