Aug. 9, 2013
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University men's soccer head coach Greg Maas and associate head coach Matt Ellinger hosted 100 prospective student-athletes at Clyde Field last weekend for its Men's College ID Camp. The unique, two-day event was developed as a way to expose players with potential NCAA eligibility to UVU's forthcoming men's soccer program.
"It was our goal to provide each player a collegiate training environment and camp experience where they could showcase their skills and understanding of the game," said Maas. "The talent, character, and work-ethic demonstrated throughout the event was remarkable. I want to thank our entire coaching staff and UVU athletics for their commitment and support."
The camp, specifically designed for players with an aspiration to play at the NCAA level, featured a dynamic age group ranging from high school freshmen all the way to junior college and college club players. Eight states were represented at the ID Camp with natives of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming in attendance. A trio of international players, representing Argentina, France, and Mexico, also made the trek to Orem.
The wealth of talent assembled on campus did not compete solely for the attention of Utah Valley's coaches, though. Dixie State University head coach Danny Ortiz and Colorado Mesa University assistant coach Johnny Broadhead were also on hand, aiding Maas and Ellinger in camp instruction and the evaluation of talent. As a result, attendees earned exposure to three regional collegiate programs all the while earning valuable playing experience against quality players from across the country and the world.
"I was very pleased with the quality of soccer displayed and there were many players who demonstrated the ability to contribute at the collegiate level," Ellinger said. "Overall it was a fantastic event!"
Due to a high and immediate interest level, the Men's College ID Camp was forced to cap registration at 100 participants. However, another ID Camp is in the works for both the fall and spring with dates and times yet to be determined. All young, dedicated soccer players with an ambition to play at the collegiate level are encouraged to register.
UVU men's soccer, which was officially added to the Wolverine athletics' fold in October of 2012, will begin competition in 2014 and will be a member of the Western Athletic Conference.