The Kevin Anderson Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camp is continuing to monitor the lates developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping our players, coaches, and staff safe. CLICK HERE for the latest information regarding our 2020 Offerings.
The Kevin Anderson Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camp is continuing to monitor the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping our players, coaches, and staff safe. CLICK HERE for the latest information regarding our 2020 Season Registration.
A LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY
From everyone here at Columbia University Men's Soccer, it is our deepest hope that this email finds you, your families, and your loved ones safe and healthy. We have been closely monitoring the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are committed to ensuring the safety of our prospects, coaches and staff. Like all of you, we look forward to getting back out on the field and returning to the world's greatest game!
We remain dedicated to the growth and evaluation of our prospects, and committed to the top-notch training & evaluation you have come to expect from us over the decade.
Due to safety protocols related to COVID-19, our home location at Columbia University Baker Athletics Complex, The Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium has been closed from June - August. While we will not be able to host our summer Elite Academic and Athletic College ID Camp at this location, our staff is actively evaluating options for safe programming alternatives in the months ahead.
If New York State and Columbia University look to relax social restrictions towards the end of August, we will offer our September Elite Academic & Athletic Identification camp at Columbia University, The Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on September 18, 19 & 20, 2020. To ensure your opportunity, click here and register through our waitlist option. This means that you can reserve your place with NO PAYMENT REQUIRED. As we finalize plans, all waitlist members will be notified and receive priority registration.
Additionally, to be the first to hear about all our additional 2020 & 2021 programming announcements, please add your name and email to the link below.
From all of us at Columbia University Men's Soccer, we thank you for your cooperation and for partnering with us to keep our community healthy.
Stay safe, and we look forward to meeting you back on the pitch.
The Kevin Anderson Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camp provides aspiring Collegiate Student-Athletes with the opportunity to showcase their abilities at Columbia University in the City of New York. If you have the talent on the field and the aptitude in the classroom, you don't want to miss out.
The Elite College ID Camps are a collegiate showcase and competitive training program for the student-athlete who plans to play at the college level. Camps are open to boys entering 9th grade and beyond. Staffed by the Columbia Men's Soccer program, and various other high academic and athletic 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.
Sample Schedule Below
12:00PM - 1:30PM FIELD SESSION 1 (FRI)
4:00PM - 5:30PM FIELD SESSION 2A (players will play in either session 2A or 2B)
5:30PM - 7:00PM FIELD SESSION 2B (players will play in either session 2A or 2B)
6:00PM - FIELD SESSION 2A Player Dismissal
7:30 PM - FIELD SESSION 2B Player Dismissal
10:00AM - 11:30AM FIELD SESSION 1
3:00PM - 4:30PM FIELD SESSION 2A (players will play in either session 2A or 2B)
4:30PM - 6:00PM FIELD SESSION 2B (players will play in either session 2A or 2B)
5:00PM - FIELD SESSION 2A Player Dismissal from The Campbell Sports Center
6:30 PM - FIELD SESSION 2B Player Dismissal from The Campbell Sports Center
LOCATION & FACILITIES
All camps are held at Columbia University's Baker Athletics Complex at 533 West 218th Street, New York, NY 10034. Click for DIRECTIONS.
Facilities include the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium and the Laurence A. Wein Stadium.
For directions please see our locations 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.
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.
Alex Fatovic joined the Columbia men's soccer staff as an assistant coach in July of 2019. Fatovic came to Columbia after eight seasons as an assistant at Marshall. Fatovic’s eight seasons at Marshall included five appearances in the Conference USA Tournament, reaching the semifinal twice and the final in 2015. He coached the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, goalkeeper Daniel Withrow, as well as eight all-conference selections. Withrow led the nation in save percentage that season (.895) with Marshall leading the nation as a team (.898) and recording the 12th-highest save percentage in NCAA history. Withrow was selected in the second round of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Columbus Crew. Two years later, Fatovic’s goalkeeper, Dominik Reining, also led the nation in save percentage (.894). While at Marshall, Fatovic built a small Huntington, West Virginia-based soccer club into what is now known as West Virginia Football Club. Fatovic was the executive director and club administrator, operating the club on a day-to-day basis with an emphasis on communication, fundraising and directing travel and academy staff. Among his many duties in this role, Fatovic implemented new directives and increased WVFC’s brand image and awareness throughout West Virginia and the surrounding area. West Virginia Football Club was established in November of 2014 as a merger of two smaller clubs, which was largely coordinated through Fatovic’s efforts. As a collegiate player at Long Island University in Brooklyn, Fatovic was a three-year starter in goal. As a freshman, he was part of the Blackbirds’ 2004 NEC championship team. He graduated with honors in 2008 but his playing career didn't stop there, as he helped the Aegean Hawks (DC) of the USASA to two US Open Cup appearances and the USASA National Championship in 2009. Fatovic won two Virginia High School State Championships in 2002 and 2004 and the 2002 Virginia Snickers State Cup. During the 2004 season, Fatovic earned Virginia State Player of the Year honors. A native of Falls Church, Virginia, Fatovic currently holds a USSF B License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF National Youth License.
Tommy Mattera joined the Columbia men's soccer staff as an assistant coach in August of 2019 after spending the past three years at the University of Bridgeport. Mattera served as recruiting coordinator and ran day-to-day operations, opponent scouting and training sessions in his three years at Bridgeport. He also coached five All-ECC selections and assisted the program through a tremendous turnaround. After winning just three matches in Mattera’s first season, the Knights went 10-4-1 in 2018 and finished the campaign on a six-match unbeaten streak. Prior to his time at Bridgeport, Mattera spent four seasons at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University (2012-15), and three seasons at the University of New Haven (2010-12). In Mattera’s time at SCSU, the Owls advanced to the NCAA Regional semifinals and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the Div. II national polls. Mattera also coached two NSCAA All-Americans, seven NSCAA All-Region selections, 10 All-Northeast 10 selections, six rookie team members and two NE10 Rookies of the Year. He coached two more All-NE10 performers and two NE-10 Rookie Team honorees while at New Haven. Mattera began his coaching career with CJSA ODP in 2007. His club coaching experience is expansive, including time with the Norwalk Junior Soccer Association, Shoreline FC, Beachside SC and New York Soccer Club Academy. The 2012 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association / Thomas E. Krusewski Young Coach of the Year still serves as the technical director of Norwalk Junior Soccer Association. In his playing days at Southern Connecticut State, Mattera earned an NE10 Tournament Championship and an NCAA Regional Championship. In 2006, he also helped his team to an NCAA Elite 8 appearance.
Mattera is a Regional Youth National Team Scout for U.S. Soccer who holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Connecticut. He has earned both the USSF National “B” License and the USSF National Youth License.
The Elite Academic and Athletic College ID Camp is open to any and all entrants.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COACHING STAFF
ADDITIONAL COACHING STAFF
Additional coaching staff TBD. College ID Camp staff have included coaches from the following schools:
Boston College, Colby College, Fordham University, The Kings College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Sarah Lawrence College & Wesleyan University.
VISITING THE 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.