In the continued tradition of providing top training and exposure to soccer players in the southern Ontario region SIGMA is pleased to announce the NCAA University coaches that will be instructing and recruiting this July at the 5th Annual SIGMA FC International Camp. The hugely popular event has over the years provided participants the opportunity to train under the guidance of distinguished coaches from both Europe and the US in order to gain different experiences and lessons inline with possible future sport paths.
Making the trip to the 2009 Camp will be coaches Ahmad Manning, (SIENA University) Billy Hole (Adelphi University) and Christopher Karwoski (University of Pittsburgh) who will all be instructing and scouting at this years event
High school aged participants at this years camp will have the direct opportunity to work under and better understand the demands of US NCAA coaches, including both on and off-field instruction.
Here is a brief profile on the coaches:
Ahmad Manning enters his second year in Loudonville as the Saints' assistant men's soccer coach. Manning comes to Loudonville following a much heralded playing career at the University of Rhode Island.
"We're excited to have Ahmad on board," remarked Elliott. "He has tremendous energy and enthusiasm and brings a great deal of both playing and coaching experience to Siena and I look forward to working with him in building an NCAA Tournament caliber program."
A native of West Hartford, Conn. by way of Rochester N.Y., Manning enjoyed a stellar four year playing career from 1998-2002 at Rhode Island. A midfielder with the Rams, Manning started all four years alongside Elliott (forward) as the pair teamed up for two NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-Second Round; 2000-Round of 16), two Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships (1999, 2000) and three consecutive regular season championships (1999-2001).
Manning also achieved a pair of Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team nominations (1998, 1999) and was twice named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team in 2000 and 2001.
Following his collegiate playing career, Manning starred for three years in the professional ranks, competing for the United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2005) and Western Mass Pioneers (2007). Manning also played for the prestigious FC METZ of the French League (2006) as well as for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew (2006).
An NSCAA licensed coach, Manning spent two years serving as a coach in the high school ranks leading Farmington High (Conn.) to a Class L Championship in 2005 as an assistant coach. In 2007 as an assistant at Manchester High (Conn.), Manning helped guide the team to a CCC West Conference Championship.
Manning also has coaching experience with FSASoccerPlus as a head coach in the development U-12 league, serving alongside former U.S. Women's National Team World Cup winning head coach Tony DiCicco. Manning currently resides in nearby Green Island, N.Y
Billy Hole is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Adelphi University men's soccer program.
Hole was a three-year letter winner while at St. John's, appearing in 48 games and starting 43, including 23 as a senior. In three year's with the Red Storm Hole helped the Johnnies to a combined record of 37-18-11 and three NCAA appearances, advancing as far as the round of 16 in 2005 and 2006 and making a trip to the Elite 8 in 2004.
Individual honors also came Hole's way as a senior, earning Big East Tournament Defensive MVP honors, while helping St. John's to a Big East Championship. He was also named Big East Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions in 2007.
Hole also brings strong coaching experience to the Adelphi sidelines, working with Chaminade High School in 2007 and he continues to work with the Storm Soccer Academy. Hole, who earned his degree from St. John's in 2007, currently resides in Fresh Meadows, New York.
Karwoski, a former Pitt men's soccer assistant coach from 1993-97, comes back to Pitt after spending the past 11 years as the head men's soccer coach at Western Michigan University. In his 11 seasons at WMU, Karwoski produced 22 All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selections, nine MAC All-Tournament honorees, four All-Great Lakes Region players, the 2000 MAC newcomer of the year and 14 Academic All-MAC selections. In 2003, Karwoski was named MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to a school-record 12 wins, a MAC tournament title and the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA College Cup.
Karwoski graduated from the University of Vermont in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources economics. During his collegiate soccer career, Karwoski earned All-North Atlantic Conference First Team honors and helped the Catamounts advance to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1989. Karwoski was awarded Vermont's Hal Grieg Award in 1990 which is awarded to the Catamount who, in the opinion of his teammates, has done the most for the Vermont men's soccer program through his desire, hustle and love of the game.
After graduating from Vermont, Karwoski went on to play professionally for the San Diego Nomads, Forfar Albion of the Scottish Third Division and the Polonia Falcon of the Connecticut Soccer League.