(camper staying overnight 2 nights)
This is a Prospect Camp unlike others you will find. Designed for the high level and serious player, it is not only a chance to show yourself as a player to Coach Brandt and the Hope staff, but it is also an extremely intentional high-level training opportunity. This 48-hour camp will challenge and sharpen you in the area of using soccer as the vehicle for positive team-building, personal growth, and leadership development through life principles that are applicable in every way both on the field and off. Effort, overall character, and high standards are preached, taught, modeled, and emphasized throughout the duration of this camp in addition to an elite and high expectation for session training on the field.
Campers can choose to register as Resident Campers (stay overnight with us in the dorm), or as Commuter Campers. Campers who choose to commute stay overnight at home, and join us each morning for the start of the morning teaching session. The commuter day runs from 8:30am-9:00pm daily, and commuters essentially only miss staying overnight and breakfast each day, but otherwise do everything between 8:30am and 9pm that resident campers do.
Our Hope College goalkeeper program is also available for camp. Goalkeepers will train separately from field players throughout the week, but take part in small sided as well as full sided play. The program is designed to challenge and develop individual skill throughout each training session and tactical knowledge during the games.
Camp Director and Hope Head Men’s Soccer Coach Dave Brandt is one of the most highly accomplished men’s college coaches of all time. His collegiate head coach experience includes six national championships and eight final fours over twelve years at Division III Messiah and seven years at the Division I Naval Academy from 2009-2016. Navy’s 2013 squad went 16-4-2 and earned the program’s first NCAA playoff win in 42 years. Brandt also has two years of experience as a professional coach at the USL Pittsburgh Riverhounds from 2016-17. His first season at Hope was also a success with a 14-3-1 overall record after 3 straight sub .500 seasons. Brandt is involved in every facet of the camp, and will be coaching and teaching on the field every day along with his broader camp staff and players.
The setting for the Hope Men’s Prospect Camp is the campus of the Hope College, located in Holland, Michigan. Sessions will utilize the 1200 seat, lighted, turfed, soccer specific Van Andel Soccer Stadium. All campers will reside in one of the residence halls normally occupied by undergraduate students of the College. Meals will be served in one of the Dining Halls on campus.