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AU to host summer youth soccer camp
5/01/14

Alfred University will host a soccer camp for youngsters in two age groups this summer.

The Western New York Soccer Academy will hold the camp on the AU campus the week of June 30-July 4. It will be offered in two groups: boys and girls ages 4-7; and boys and girls ages 8-16.

Primary instructors for the camp will be Matt Smith, head men’s soccer coach at Alfred University, and Aileen Ascolese, AU head women’s soccer coach. They will be joined by members of their respective coaching staffs as well as coaches from other colleges and high schools.

Smith, appointed head coach at AU this winter, is the former head coach at Johns Hopkins University who possesses one of the top winning percentages all-time among NCAA men’s soccer coaches. Ascolese was the top assistant at NCAA Division III powerhouse Brandeis University before being appointed head women’s coach at AU prior to the 2013 season. Both are former Division I players: Smith at Towson State University and Ascolese at Rider University.

The AU camp is aimed at youth soccer players who wish to improve and develop the technical skills necessary to compete at the youth club, middle school, and high school levels.

The camp for boys and girls ages 4-7 costs $80 and will be held Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon each day; the camp for boys and girls ages 8-16 costs $140 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. All campers will receive a soccer ball, t-shirt and water bottle. 

For more information on the camp, call Smith at 607-871-2899 or email him at smithma@alfred.edu; or visit the camp website at www.wnysocceracademy.com