UW River Falls Midwest Elite Soccer Camp (MESC) is open to those who are in grades 9-12 (http://midwestelitesoccer.com/). Midwest Elite Soccer Camp is an overnight soccer camp held ath the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (near Minnesota border). It is for high school girls soccer players who are serious about playing college soccer and interested in DIII ID Camps & Exposure.
The purpose of UWRF MESC is to give girls that don’t get opportunities for recruitment at tournaments, the opportunity to get access to opportunities to be trained and observed by both Division III and D1 college coaches. In addition, girls get access to great facilities on a nice regional college campus at UW River Falls. The camp is designed for girls that are going to be in 9th grade through 12th grade. UW River Falls offers two sessions:
- Session I: Sun, 6/30 (check-in by 3:00pm) to Wed, 7/3 (check-out 12:30pm-2pm)
- Session II: Mon, 7/8 (check-in by 3:00pm) to Thu, 7/11 (check-out 12:30pm-2pm)
This Midwest Summer ID camp offers discounts throughout the year for ID camps. For instance, in March, they typically have special pricing of $554 through 3/31 including housing and meals, plus a camp shirt and bag. This is a discount from the normal fee of $599. Other facts include:
- 150 girls per session (300 girls total) from 20-30 states & 3-7 different countries. College coaches representing 20-30 different colleges in D1, D2, D3, and NAIA college soccer.
- Gameplay will include 7 vs. 7 and 11 vs. 11 showcasing of girls players.
- The Advanced GK Academy is run by college GK coaches. The sessions teach advanced goalkeeping techniques and prepare GKs for HS and college success. GK training has been provided in the past by Ileana Moschos (Florida State University – DI), Katie Berkopec (Loyola University Chicago – DI), and Alex Piekarski (Wayne State University – DII).
Organizer: Sean McKuras, Head Women’s Soccer Coach @ UW River Falls
He has led the Falcons to a 144-140-27 (.484) record in 16 seasons. The Falcons are 55-58-13 (.460) in WIAC games over that span. He has a 6-10-2 record in WIAC playoff games. McKuras earned his 50th career win in a 7-0 win over UW-Superior on Sept. 27, 2006. In 2012 he earned his 100th career win with a 2-1 win over UW-Superior.
McKuras has led the Falcons to seven WIAC semifinal playoff games and one final in his 12 seasons. In 2003 the Falcons advanced to the WIAC playoff championship match only to lose in double overtime (2-1).
In 2005 UWRF finished 12-3-3 overall and 3-3-2 in the WIAC. Falcon Sarah Carlson was named the WIAC’s Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete. In 2004 UWRF finished 12-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 and in fourth place in the WIAC. In 2003 the Falcons won the WIAC regular season championship for the first time in school history. UWRF finished 6-2 in WIAC play and at the time was the only other team than UW-Stevens Point to win a regular season crown. The Falcons advanced to and hosted the WIAC playoff championship match and lost to UWSP, 2-1, in two overtimes. McKuras was named the WIAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Falcons to a school best 17-4 overall record.
In 2002 McKuras led the Falcons to a third place finish in the WIAC regular season. The Falcons advanced to the WIAC semifinals. McKuras was named the WIAC Coach of the Year after the Falcons finished with a six-win improvement over the 2001 season. The Falcons were the fourth most improved team in the nation in 2003 under McKuras’ leadership. He was the team’s assistant coach in 2001 when the Falcons finished 6-10-1 overall and 2-6 and in seventh place in the WIAC.
McKuras has coached the WIAC Player of the Year twice – Sarah Carlson earned the honor in both 2003 and 2005. He has coached 15 players to a total of 33 selections to the All-WIAC team and has had two players named to the All-Region squad.
In the fall of 2000, he was the head boy’s coach at Shakopee, Minn., High School. In 1998 and 1999 McKuras was the head coach of the UW-Eau Claire men’s club team and helped lead the team to one its most successful seasons. He was an assistant varsity boy’s and girl’s coach and head coach of the junior varsity at Eau Claire North High School in 1998 and 1999. From 1994 to 2000 he was a coach with the Valley United Soccer Club in Apple Valley, Minn. In 2000 his U16 girl’s team won the State Cup championship and his 1999 team won the Minnesota State championship. In 1998 he helped lead a boy’s team to the Minnesota State title. Currently he is a coach and trainer with the Blooming Youth Soccer Club. In 2003 McKuras was the head coach of the Bloomington U15 premier boys team that won the Minnesota State Cup.
He is the Director of Youth Development for Woodbury Soccer Club. The position is also responsible for coaching and player development. He earned the NSCAA Level III goalkeepers license in 2013, and the USSF “B” coaching license in 2005. He also earned his USSF National Y license and his NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma in 2008. He is currently a member of the Minnesota ODP/State Select staff and MYSA State education staff.
McKuras was born in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and grew up in Apple Valley, Minn., where he graduated from Apple Valley High School. He attended UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls and graduated from the UWRF health and human performance program with a minor in coaching.