Vogelsinger Soccer Academy Announces International Coaching Staff for 2012 Summer Soccer Camps Offered by US Sports Camps

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The Vogelsinger Soccer Academy prides itself on a most unique coaching staff that blends playing experience on the field with years of training in the Vogelsinger method of teaching. Vogelsinger soccer camps are part of the US Sports Camps network.

We are extremely proud of a staff that is both excellent and unique. No other program in the country offers the wide array of internationally-sourced professionals.

The Vogelsinger staff includes international coaches with numerous national team “caps” to their credit and several who have played on World Cup teams from such countries as Morocco, Uruguay, Italy and Peru.

Other coaches are former professional players from England, Denmark, Sweden, Wales and Brazil. Each year these coaches come together from around the world to join professional stateside staff bringing their expertise and passion for the game of soccer to students.

The Master Coaches have been trained by Huber Vogelsinger for many years. Each one of these coaches has a unique specialty that makes our program the best education in soccer. “We are extremely proud of a staff that is both excellent and unique,” says Jan O’Connor, EVP of US Sports Camps. “No other program in the country offers the wide array of internationally-sourced professionals.”

Doug Parra is a senior staff member with 33 years of experience at the Academy. He is the National Director and Coordinator of the Vogelsinger Academy. Doug oversees the Vogelsinger soccer program and coordinates master coaches and staff with students. His technical teaching skills are unique and directly inspired by his mentor, Hubert Vogelsinger.

Mustapha Achab is one of the master coaches for the Academy goalkeeper program. Mustapha is a former Moroccan international goalkeeper with over 400 professional appearances. He is assisted by Matt Kennedy, (USA), Graziano Baldanzi (Italy) and Gino DeLuca (Italy).

Matt Kennedy is a former professional player and a member of our Academy staff for 27 years. He is the head technical instructor and Soccerobics instructor. Matt also coaches goalkeepers, having played for 10 years in the NASL, MSL, ASL and USL. He is assisted by Eddie Pedersen of Denmark and Javier Gonzalez of Mexico.

Steve Burton comes from England where he coaches with a professional football club. He has been a member of Academy staff for 12 years. Steve is the head tactical instructor. Students also benefit from his technical skills in goalkeeping and from his administrative experience. He is assisted by Chris Quidley (England), Darran Jones (Wales), Fabrizio Benedetti (Italy), and Allan Martin (Scotland).

Javier Gonzalez is a former Mexican international player who has been a member of the Academy staff for 15 years. He is the head dribbling and Soccerobics instructor. He also shares his unique technical and goalkeeping skills with students. He is assisted by Fabio Oliveira and Helton Tostes, both from Brazil.

The Vogelsinger Soccer Academy sets the standard for excellence in soccer education. Founded by the extraordinary coach and teacher Hubert Vogelsinger in 1965, the Academy offers a unique, dynamic soccer environment in which players master the mental, physical and technical skills of the game. We offer one, two and three week programs. The precise step-by-step teaching methods create a crystal clear picture of each skill through explanation, demonstration and participation. When students master the mental skill of visualization, they ultimately generate a self-role model for perfecting each physical skill. As the ‘mind’s eye’ sees every detail of correct technical positioning, what the mind conceives the body can then achieve. The international professional staff guides each player to acquire the technical mastery and mental focus that equal success in the game of soccer.

About Vogelsinger Soccer Academy

The Vogelsinger Soccer Academy enters its 47th summer operating outstanding soccer training for young players aged 8-18. Located at five locations across the United States, the soccer schools take place on college and prep school campuses where students are housed in the dorms and play on the outstanding facilities these schools have to offer.


University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
— The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
— Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
— Dowling College, Shirley, NY
The Brooks School, North Andover, MA

US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp and summer soccer camp network and the licensed operator of NIKE Sports Camps. The company was started in 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Players, Coaches, Parents and others interested in Vogelsinger Soccer Academy can visit http://www.VogelsingerSoccer.com or call 1-888-780-CAMP.


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