Sigma Sports Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of two top quality NCAA Division 1 coaches to the coaching team for the 2008 SIGMA/Ajax Training Camps. Coach Fred Thompson of Bowling Green State University and Coach Rhett Goldsmith of the Long Island University have committed to be part of the July 7-11th training camp at the Hershey Center in Mississauga.
The addition of these two coaches increases the development and scouting nature of the camp. Technical Director of SIGMA, Bobby Smyrniotis is very pleased to have these two fine coaches on board for the 2008 summer program, "In our effort to increase the experiences and exposure of all players taking part in SIGMA programs we are thoroughly excited to have these two colleagues and good friends provide their technical expertise to all of our older players. Our camp participants will have the rare opportunity of training under the famed youth coaches of AJAX along with increasing their knowledge of the US game and the opportunities that exist south of the border via the NCAA scholarship route"
The curriculum of the camp will include daily lectures on preparation, eligibility and exposure for post secondary education in the US via the NCAA.
With this initiative Sigma continues its efforts in providing quality events with exposure and scouting at the forefront. The players participating will have a unique experience of learning a variety of training styles along with understanding in greater depth the steps involved in reaching their desired goals and future possibilities in the beautiful game.
Brief Bio of the Coaches:
Fred Thompson enters his fourth season as the head coach for the Bowling Green State University men's soccer program.
Thompson became only the fourth head coach in the 41-year history of the program after accepting the job on April 22, 2004. Thompson came to Bowling Green after serving two seasons as assistant coach at the University of Evansville (2002-03) of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Prior to Evansville, Thompson served as head coach at Bellevue (Wash.) Community College in 2000 and 2001, producing a 28-8-6 record and a league title. He was also named the 2001 NWAACC Coach of the Year. Additionally, he holds a USSF "A" coaching license and has served on the Washington State ODP staff as well as the Region II ODP staff.
Prior to his coaching career, Thompson played four years with the Patriots of George Mason University, where he earned a degree in finance. During his career, GMU reached top-20 status in three of the four years. He ended his career with 98 points and 40 goals, which rank fourth and fifth in Mason's record books, respectively. Thompson was a two-time All-South Atlantic Region honoree, he earned All-ECAC South honors his junior year and was named to the All-CAA squad in 1985. Thompson is tied for 20th on the all-time career point list for those players of Virginia Universities. He is also tied for 11th on the career goals leader board.
His 1982 Patriots posted a 19-2-0 record; with the .905 winning percentage the team had the third best season in state history.
Rhett Goldsmith joined the Blackbirds' men's soccer staff in February 2008. Goldsmith comes to the Blackbirds with extensive coaching experience and will assist in all aspects of the program.
Goldsmith joined LIU after serving as the associate men's soccer coach at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he helped build the Ducks into a Division III national power. He helped Stevens Tech accumulate a 91-9-11 record and advance to five NCAA Tournaments. In 2007, Goldsmith helped the team to a 17-1-3 mark and a No. 17 ranking in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll. Goldsmith also served as the head goalkeeping coach for both the men's and women's teams.
"I am thrilled to welcome Rhett Goldsmith to our coaching staff at LIU," Kostecky said. "From his extensive experience at Stevens Institute of Technology, Rhett brings with him a record of proven success. He has recruited some of the finest student-athletes from around the country to continue their careers in the New York metropolitan area. His experience will certainly help, as we focus our sights on capturing the Northeast Conference crown."
Prior to his experience at Stevens Tech, Goldsmith was the head men's soccer coach at Albright College from 2001-03. He has also served as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College for two years and was the goalkeeping coach for both the men's and women's programs.
Goldsmith has served as a coach at the Red Bull NY Academy for the past two seasonsin East Rutherford, N.J. He has also been a guest youth coach at academies held by Newcastle United FC in Newcastle, England, Aberdeen FC in Aberdeen, Scotland, and for Ross County FC in Dingwall, Scotland.