Soccer Instructional Camp

July 16-19, 2018

Ages 8-14


Day Camper: $275 (lunch, materials)
Special: $120 (morning sessions only, materials)

Decorah United Players
Day Camper: $247.50 (lunch, materials)
Special: $103.50 (morning sessions only, materials)

Application deadline is July 13, 2018

Online Registration Form--pay by credit card
Printable Registration Form—pay by check

Online Registration Form for Decorah United Soccer Club Members only—pay by credit card
Printable Registration Form for Decorah United Soccer Club Members only—pay by check

Additional camp information: Registration, check-in and checkout information, camp regulations, refund policy, and what to bring to camp

The Luther College Soccer Camp offers Iowa and the Midwest top-quality soccer instruction. The camp enables aspiring players to learn the basic techniques and tactics of the game in an atmosphere of positive encouragement and support, while advanced players receive collegiate/pro-level training. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 14.


Chris Garcia-Prats, Luther College Head Men’s Soccer Coach

  • Entering 11th year as head coach.
  • Garcia-Prats has led Luther to an overall record of 107-58-17, 44-22 in the Iowa Conference— including 2 Iowa Conference Championships, 3 NCAA National Tournament appearances, and 2 NSCAA top 25 National Rankings.
  • 2011 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year & NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year.
  • 2002 graduate of Trinity University.
  • Prior to Luther, he served as the assistant men's soccer coach and recruiting coordinator at Trinity University. During this stretch Trinity University made six NCAA Tournament appearances and three semifinal appearances, winning the national championship in 2003, and finishing second in 2007.

Russ Schouweiler,  Luther College Head Women’s Soccer Coach

  • Entering 9th Year as Head Coach.
  • Led Norse to the 2016 Iowa Conference regular season and six-team tournament championships and their first appearance in the NCAA III National Tournament
  • 2013 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year.
  • 2005 Graduate of Luther College.
  • Four-year letter winner while at Luther who played on two conference championship and two national tournament teams, including an Elite 8 appearance in 2001.
  • Took over Norse program after two years as an assistant women's coach at Macalester College.
  • Prior to his duties at Macalester, he was the girls head coach at Simley High School from 2005-08, where his teams were consistently ranked in the top-10 in Class 3A and 4A.
  • From 2002-10 he was a senior coach for the St. Croix Soccer Club reaching the Minnesota State Cup Finals in 2007 and 2009 and the semifinals in 2008 as well as three straight indoor league championships from 2007-09.
  • From 2004-05 he was the Decorah High School head boys coach and led the Vikings to a 15-5 record and a fourth place finish at the state tournament.

James Garcia-Prats, Assistant Soccer Coach 

  • 2014 graduate of Luther College - B.A. - Sociology
  • Entering fourth year as assistant coach
  • Made 79 appearances while helping lead Norse to two Iowa Conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA III National Tournament
  • Tallied 13 goals and 22 assists during his career
  • Two-time NCAA III All-American at midfield
  • Three-time all-Iowa Conference selection
  • Three-time all-Region selection
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholar
  • Also serves as Decorah High School Boys Head Soccer Coach in the spring

Julie Shockey, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach

  • 2000 Graduate of Luther College.
  • Begins 18th year as an assistant coach.
  • Four-year letter winner for the Norse.
  • Also serves as the Coordinator of Campus News.

Hollie Gray III, Assistant Coach

  • 2015 graduate of Luther College
  • Second year as assistant coach
  • Two-year letter-winner for the Norse
  • Made 56 appearances that included 53 at defender
  • Helped lead Norse to an Iowa Conference title and NCAA III National Tournament appearance in 2013
  • Second-team All-Conference honoree as a senior

Ryan Martin, Assistant Coach - Goalkeepers

  • 2008 graduate of Waldorf College
  • Returns for second time as Luther's goalkeeper coach - his first year was 2009
  • Decorah High School boys assistant coach - 2009-11
  • Waldorf College men's head coach - 2011-15
  • During his playing days he was a four-year starter and served as team captain for two years
  • Named Waldorf Defender of the Year - 2007
  • Holds several Waldorf College goalkeeping record

Additional camp staff will be composed of collegiate soccer players. Goalkeeping coaches will also be on site for individual training.

Daily Routine


9:00-9:30: Strength and Agility
9:30-11:30: Session I (Technical)
11:30-1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:30: Fun Activity (indoor pool, slip 'n slide, capture the flag, indoor soccer)
2:30-4:00: Session II (Tactical)
4:00-5:00: Match Play

5:00-5:30: Closing Ceremony (on last day)

Description of Daily Sessions

Session 1 Technical (9:30-11:30 a.m.)

Speed and agility exercises, circuit training designed to improve all aspects of their technical game: shooting, passing and receiving, dribbling, technical moves, and defending. There will be a progression as the week goes on to build on the previous day. Each session will conclude with a competitive themed game.

Session 2 Skill Games (2:30-4:00 p.m.)

The skill game session provides fun and challenging activities where our campers can hone their specific skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and juggling.  Skill games will include soccertennis, horseshoes, goalie wars, power shot, and many more.

Luther College Sports Facilities

Regents Center indoor facilities include six tennis courts; a six-lane, 200-meter track; six full-sized basketball courts; 25-yard, eight-lane swimming pool; locker, training, and equipment rooms. The Legends Fitness for Life Center offers a strength and fitness facility with its own climbing wall. The outdoor facilities include 12 tennis courts, a cross country race course, fitness trails, and an all-weather track.



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