Indiana High Schools Participate in SMWC Soccer Camp
July 10, 2014
Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College soccer staff hosted its annual SMWC Soccer Camp this week on campus. This year, the camp consisted of three high school teams from Indiana.
The camp was a three day event, lasting from July 7-9, where players from Lafayette Central Catholic High School, Southport High School, and Sullivan High School were able to experience The Woods and gain valuable instruction from head coach Mike Aycock and assistant coaches Jovan Jeftich and Alexis Rusch.
“We really enjoy having these high schools here,” said coach Aycock. “It’s great to be able to do this with these girls; they are great young women.”
The 2014 camp was the second consecutive year that Southport head coach Dan McLaughlin has brought his squad to The Woods. “The camp is awesome! This is such a wonderful campus. There’s such a feeling of serenity when you come here,” said Coach McLaughlin, when asked about Southport’s experience at the SMWC Soccer Camp. “The kids worked hard, they’ve had fun, and coach Aycock and coach Jeftich really get the kids to buy into the hard work part of the camp.”
The camp consisted of technical sessions during the morning, which were followed by chalk talk and tactical sessions in the afternoon. The evenings consisted of 3v3 tournaments and scrimmages, as well as team building time.
The opportunity for the teams to bond and grow together is something that makes the SMWC Soccer Camp unique. “This camp helps the players to bond, which is the whole reason we come here,” said Lafayette Central Catholic head coach Bill Kerr. “It’s a wonderful experience to be able to come down to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and bond with each other.” Lafayette Central Catholic High School has now made three consecutive trips to the SMWC Soccer Camp. “It’s a great experience. Coach Mike puts on a tremendous camp, the girls learn a lot, they have a fun time, and we couldn’t be happier with this facility,” added coach Kerr.
While, coach McLaughlin and Kerr have been bringing their teams here for several years, Coach Kurt Hauger of Sullivan High School is the veteran out of the group. Coach Hauger has now brought his Sullivan High School women’s soccer teams here on eight occasions. “The camp staff is great. Mike has brought in a great staff with Jovan, Alexis, and Nick. The facilities are fantastic and this is a beautiful surrounding to have a team camp prior to the season,” said coach Hauger.
Another added benefit to the SMWC Soccer Camp is the opportunity for coach Aycock and his staff to see quality high school players perform for three days straight. “There are potential Pomeroys out here. We have had a tradition of some of these young women coming to The Woods and this camp gives us a great chance to showcase The Woods.”
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