Kevin Anderson Men's College ID Camp is a high-level camp held at Columbia University in the City of New York. The College ID Camp is a collegiate showcase and competitive training program for players who plan to play at the college level. Camps are open to boys entering grades 9th grade and above.
Staffed by the Columbia Men's Soccer program, and various other high academic programs ranging from Div 1 to Div 3, this camp is multi-faceted in that it gives top players: 1) the opportunity to be seen by top college coaches; 2) a better understanding of the college soccer environment; and, 3) the skills they need to become even better players, taught by some of the very best coaches of the game. Additional college coaches are not guaranteed and their attendance is subject to scheduling. Past coaches in attendance have included staff from Colby College, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, Brandeis University & Wesleyan University.
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COLUMBIA SOCCER ALUMS INCLUDE:
The 2018 season will mark Kevin Anderson's 10th year as the Head Coach of the Columbia University Men’s Soccer team. In 2017 the program returned to the NCAA tournament, of which only 48 teams in Div 1 are annually selected, to defeat William and Mary on the road in over time of the first round. The 2017 season saw Columbia ranked as high as #3 in the nation (RPI) and ranked in the top 48 teams for the entire campaign. Individual accolades such as Top Drawer Soccers Best XI, MAC Hermann Trophy Semi-Finalist, MLS Combine, All-American, Academic All-American, All-Region, All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy decorate the trophy case next to the Lions 2016 IVY League Champions and Coaching Staff of the Year. The veteran of Major League Soccer states, "Having the great fortune of being a part of 3X National Championship teams only makes you hungry for the ultimate prize every season. We are not here to participate, we are here to take over. Our goal(s) are simple and straight to the point. We are here to establishing Ivy League Dominance and are aiming to be the first Ivy League Men’s Soccer program to win the National Championship.” Anderson earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Southern Connecticut State University in 1992. He also holds a USSF National "A" Coaching License.
"We are not here to participate, we are here to take over.” — Slick's Corner
Kenneth Pollard joined the Columbia men's soccer program in March 2012 as an Assistant Coach. Pollard, a Wales, Great Britain, native, was a two-time Division II National Champion as a player at Southern Connecticut State University in 1990 and 1992. He served as an assistant coach at his alma matter from 1997-2001, capturing back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 he aided SCSU to a perfect season of 20-0-0. Following his five-year stint in New Haven, Conn., Pollard joined the men's soccer program at Duke University as an assistant coach for the 2002-2003 season. In 2004, he served on the staff of the, bronze medal winning, women's U-19 National Team in the 2004 FIFA World Cup Championships. He made his professional coaching debut in 2000 as an assistant coach of the New York/ New Jersey Metro Stars in the MLS. In 2003, he joined the staff of the Philadelphia Charge as an assistant coach in the WPL. Pollard comes to Columbia after serving a year as head coach of the Purchase College women's soccer program from May 2009-2010. As a first-year head coach, he led Purchase to a 6-2-1 conference record, a 100% improvement from the previous year. Pollard posts an impressive 158-34-14 record in his 11 years in coaching and playing collegiate soccer. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in Human Performance in 1994 and masters in exercise science in 2001.
Luke Kelly joined the Columbia men’s soccer coaching staff in the spring of 2013. Kelly, a Holliston, Mass. native, played NCAA Division I soccer for two seasons at Boston College (2008-10). During his time with the Eagles, Kelly was honored as an ACC Honor Athlete by the conference office. During his collegiate career, and since graduating from BC in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in human development, Kelly has been involved in coaching soccer at numerous levels. From 2008-13, Kelly served as an assistant coach for the New England Football Club, helping lead that team to State Cup Championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, he served as the freshman head coach and varsity assistant coach at Holliston High School, while also filling the role of Director of Operations for BC. In 2011, Kelly took over as the head coaching responsibilities of BC’s club soccer team and he held that position until 2013. Kelly also garnered another year of high school coaching experience in 2012, assisting Ray Pavlik at Concord Carlisle HS. Kelly also coaches at the youth level for Manhattan Soccer Club in New York City. Kelly also has collegiate soccer work experience as the video coordinator for BC during his first two years at Chestnut Hill. Outside of soccer, Kelly has spent time as a teacher at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Concord Carlisle HS, as well as serving as a teaching assistant at Holderness School and BC. He earned his master’s of arts in teaching from Mass Art in 2012.
VISTING THE COLUMBIA MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
Players interested in visiting the Columbia University Morningside Campus can see the Columbia University Visitors Center website for details on campus tours and information sessions. We recommend that you browse the Visitors Center website in advance of your travels to ensure that you plan your visit accordingly. You will find answers to many of your questions on the Travel Portal (including hotels, transit & airport information) and the Visitors Center FAQ page.
In accordance with NYC Health Code and Columbia University Policy, we require all campers to have an approved physical examination form on file before they can play. Please read carefully:
Acceptable forms must be signed by a physician and dated to reflect a physical examination completed within a year of the last day your child plan's to attend camp. The NYC Physical Examination form is available for download HERE. As an alternative to the NYC Physical Examination form, we will happily accept a comparable form from your child's pediatrician. A full physical examination form is required. We CANNOT accept a note from your doctor indicating that your camper is cleared to play.
Please be aware that the NYC Soccer Academy is required to adhere to this New York City Health Code and Columbia University guideline in order to hold our camp, and NO exceptions can be permitted. Please prepare accordingly! We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The NYC Soccer Academy is open to any and all entrants.