ABOUT US

Dear Parent/Camper,

Thank you for considering the ETSU Soccer Academy as a potential summer camp choice!

This is our sixth year in operation and we have witnessed amazing growth since the camp’s inception in 2007. The feedback from last years camp was extremely positive as we were able to attract great coaches and top players from the Southeast. Coupled with our first-class facilities (fields, dorms, dining) I believe ETSU is one of the best soccer camps the Southeast can offer.

Our goal is always to create a valuable and fun learning experience that reinforces each participants individual soccer development while fostering the importance of team collaboration. With the best staff and facilities in the state of Tennessee, you can’t ask for a better camp experience!!

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Camp Philosophy

At the ETSU Soccer Academy we strive to create the ideal learning environment. Coaches will challenge young players to improve and hold them to high standards. Attacking play and creativity will be encouraged in an environment that is positive and always fun. This combination of an experienced and enthusiastic staff, top notch facilities, and a well constructed curriculum will provide each camper an excellent experience.

During early morning technical training you will build and refine a solid foundation of skills through attention to detail and repetition. The morning session to follow is designed to translate newly acquired skills to match relevant games adding the elements of pressure and confined spaces.

The afternoon sessions will be focused on decision making and small group tactics. This will be taught through intense small-sided games where each player will be asked to make countless decisions. During the evening matches you will put the tactics and strategy focused on during the earlier sessions to the test – culminating in the Academy tournament on the final day.

The quality of a camp rises and falls on the quality of coaches and staff. We are dedicated to hiring top staff from around the US and abroad. Each coach is highly experienced with a great knowledge of the game and will properly teach our carefully designed curriculum.

The ETSU Soccer Academy has been extremely pleased with the progress we have made over the past few years. We believe that it is your camp experience that allows us this continued success. We are dedicated to providing a fun and challenging camp experience that encourages player development and tactical decision making.

We hope that you join us on the beautiful campus of East Tennessee State University.

Please make sure to sign up early as enrollment is limited. GO BUCS!!!

Scott Calabrese, Camp Director

History of ETSU Soccer Academy

The ETSU Soccer Academy was founded in 2006 with the start of East Tennessee State University’s Division I men’s program. Since its inception, the camp has doubled in size every year. Players come from all over the US to experience a camp that is driven by a director that has both vision and experience. Our mission is that campers leave the ETSU Soccer Academy with improved skills that are effectively applied in match situations.

In addition to the Academy, we feature a Day Camp & Half Day Camp for our community players. We hope that you will come out to learn from the Coach Calabrese and his ETSU players. It should be a fun environment – and a great way to kick off your summer!

We also hope to provide a satellite camp in Kingsport, TN this summer. While details are not finalized, please check back to the website or contact us at campinfo@bucsoccer.com for more information.

East Tennessee State University, Men’s Soccer Facilities

Summers-Taylor Stadium

East Tennessee State University athletics has created a tradition of national success over the last 25 years. As a department, ETSU has had numerous NCAA appearances in basketball, golf, tennis, cross country and track & field – most recently sending both the men’s and women’s basketball teams to the 2009 NCAA Championships. To give our outstanding athletes the finest in training and competitive venues, ETSU has launched an athletic capital campaign, “The Pathway to Excellence,” that will enable the Buccaneers to compete in venues that are regarded the best in their class.

The Summers-Taylor Stadium is the home of the newest DI men’s soccer program in the country. The complex is a 3.3 million dollar investment that includes:

  • One competition grade field
  • One practice field
  • Seating for 1000 with 250 chair-back seats
  • Hillside seating
  • Gated entry concourse, concessions, restrooms, and storage
  • Press boxes for game day opperations and media
  • State-of-the-art scoreboard
The Summers-Taylor Stadium not only takes ETSU athletics to another level of training and competition, but will also greatly enhance the game-day atmosphere that we share with the community. We believe that this venue is a top soccer facility in the country and is capable of attracting conference, regional, and national events, as well as professional showcases. Come to campus and see for yourself!

To see pictures, visit www.etsubucs.com

Camp Staff

Scott Calabrese

ETSU Soccer Academy, Camp Director

Under the guidance of Scott Calabrese, the East Tennessee State men’s soccer team has found early and significant success. Finishing the 2010 season with a 15-6-0 record overall and 7-2 in the Atlantic-Sun, Calabrese has led the Buccaneers to the top of the A-Sun Conference in just three years. This past fall, the ETSU men’s soccer team proved itself to be both a regional and national contender. The Buccaneers won their first A-Sun Conference Tournament Championship, defeating the Stetson Hatters to gain an automatic bid to the first-round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. In addition to conference achievement, the Bucs spent seven weeks ranked in the Top 10 of the NSCAA Mondo South Region poll, ending the season with a final ranking of No. 6. Nationally, Top Drawer Soccer ranked the Bucs as high as 32 in the country. The Bucs also reached a season high RPI of 32 and a final RPI of 38. Over his three-year tenure, Calabrese’s peers have honored him as he has been selected as both Atlantic-Sun Coach of the Year and NSCAA/Mondo South Region Coach of the Year as well as being a finalist for NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year. Calabrese has coached two All-South Region athletes, seven A-Sun All-Freshman athletes, seven A-Sun All-Conference athletes, seven A-Sun All-Tournament players, one A-Sun Freshman of the Year, and one A-Sun Tournament MVP. In addition to excellence on the field, Calabrese’s teams have also excelled in the classroom. The men’s soccer team’s grade point average consistently has been among the highest of any men’s team since the program’s inception, posting a 3.308 overall team GPA in 2010 with 18 of the 22 athletes receiving A-Sun All-Academic honors. For the second consecutive season the ETSU’s Men’s Soccer team has earned the highest overall team GPA in the Atlantic-Sun Conference. Prior to coming to ETSU, Calabrese spent four years as an assistant coach at Clemson University. Regarded as one of the nations top 20 assistants, according to College Soccer News, Calabrese helped to guide the Tigers to the top of the national rankings. In 2005, the Tigers earned an NCAA at large birth which culminated in a trip to the NCAA Final Four. Calabrese also helped Clemson receive a #1 ranking midway thru the 2006 season as the team reached the round of 16. From 2000-2001, Calabrese helped the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, an Elite Eight Appearance, and the program’s first and only NCAA National Championship. Among the most impressive items on Calabrese’s resume is his commitment to aiding in the development of high level professional and international players. Calabrese has coached Ten Tigers and Nine Tar Heels who have gone on to play professionally, including nine in Major League Soccer, five in the United Soccer Leagues and four internationally. Highlighting the list of players Calabrese has coached in the professional ranks is MLS forward, Dane Richards, and Stuart Holden of the English Premier League’s, Bolton Wanders. While Holden recently saw action with the U.S. National Team in 2010, Richards was a part of the Clemson squad that earned a No. 1 national ranking and a final four appearance in 2005.

 

A native of Newtown, Ct., Calabrese played for Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. from 1990-1995. He received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Currently, Calabrese is pursuing his Master of Art, Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Exercise Physiology and Performance concentration, Coaching and Sports performance track. Following his collegiate career, Calabrese played at the semi-professional level for the Rhode Island Sting Rays and the South Carolina Shamrocks. Calabrese currently has his “A” USSF Coaching License. He is married to Farrell Finstad of Yuba City, Cali.


Ian Luya: ETSU Soccer Academy, Assistant Director

Ian Luya enters his fourth season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the ETSU men’s soccer program in 2011.

In 2010, Luya helped guide ETSU to its most successful season ever. The team finished with a record of 15-6-0 en route to winning the A-Sun Conference Tournament Championship and earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Buc’s also earned their first ever NSCAA South Region Ranking (6) and Soccer America National Ranking (34). To complete a season of firsts the Buc’s finished with an RPI of 38th nationally.

Since 2008, ETSU’s rapid improvement has been helped by recruiting classes that have included the captain of Guatemala’s U20 National team, a Jamaican U19 national team player, 2 NSCAA High School All-Americans, the Tennessee State Player of the year, various region team players as well as numerous all-region, all-state, all conference and ODP selections.

From 2005-2007 Luya served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Atlantic-Sun rival Stetson. Luya helped to guide the Hatters to their first ever post-season conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2005 as well as claiming the regular season title in 2006. Luya also recruited Eugene Starikov who played only one year of college soccer before signing professionally with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia and was recently called into the US Men’s national team squad for their exhibition with Chile on Jan 22, 2011.

In addition to coaching at Stetson, Luya also spent two years as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne, IPFW, from 2003-2005. In 2005 he became one of the nation’s youngest head coaches of a PDL franchise when he took charge of the Kalamazoo Kingdom after having served as the team’s captain in 2003 and 2004.

As a player Luya led IPFW to a No. 5 national ranking in 1999, and was an integral part of the team that advanced to the Division II NCAA Elite Eight. Luya was a team captain in 2001 and 2002, and was also named team MVP in 2002. He finished his career at IPFW with 28 goals and 9 assists from midfield.

Luya, a native of Ormskirk, England, graduated from IPFW in 2004 with a B.A. in History.


Past Elite Camp Coaches:

  • Justin Maulin – UNC Greensboro, Head Coach
  • Daniel Ridenhour – Winthrop Univ., Assistant Coach
  • Craig Applebee – John Hopkins, Head Coach
  • Adam Laney – Milligan, Head Coach
  • Jeremy Blake – GK1 Staff Coach
  • Barry Slagle – Wofford Univeristy, Assistant Coach
  • John Baker – Maryville College, Associate Head Coach