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Coe Michaelson Departure

BNSC Technical Director and President Coe Michaelson has accepted the Head Men's Soccer position at NCAA Division II California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. Michaelson joined the Boise Nationals as Director of Coaching in 2006, and quickly established himself as a top coach in Boise.  In 2008 Michaelson was hired as the Head coach of the Northwest Nazarene University men's soccer program where he excelled leading NNU to a national ranking.  Michaelson moved into a Technical Director and President role at BNSC, helping to mentor coaches and continuing BNSC's proven philosophy while making sure to keep BNSC on the cutting edge of soccer training. Associate DOC Brad Thorne said, " I will miss Coe as a mentor and a friend, but we are excited for Coe's new opportunity, it is not a shock to any of us that Coe would be sought out for the position at CBU". During his time with the club, Coe helped to continue BNSC's tradition of excellence and turned BNSC into one of the top clubs in the Region.  When Michaelson took over in January of 2006, the Nationals were a boys premier club with 140 competitive players.  During his time at BNSC Michaelson established the girl’s competitive program, the Youth Academy, and the Select program. Growing the club to nearly 1,000 members. In 10 years in charge, the club won more than 50 State Cups, including 42 out of fewer than 70 possible boys State Cups. The Nationals also advanced numerous boys and girls team to the quarterfinals of Far West Regionals, while they had 5 FWR Semifinalists and 2 Far West Regional Finalists.  Additionally, more than 100 student-athletes went on to play collegiate soccer out of the Nationals over the past 10 years. 
  
"I am very sad to be leaving the Nationals.  It's a club I care deeply about and it's a very special place.  It took a truly special opportunity to pull me away. BNSC was my start in full-time coaching and the fact that Steve McCandlish, former BNSC President, and the Boise Nationals gave me this chance will never be lost on me. Additionally I want to thank all of the board members, coaches, volunteers and players that I have worked with along the way. I am so proud of what we have built during my time here and I'm excited to recruit from the Boise Nationals in the future at CBU.  I know the club will continue to excel, just as it did before I ever arrived." 
 
The Nationals will continue with Director of Coaching Matt Billings, Associate DOC Brad Thorne, Youth Director TJ Thaemert, and a top technical staff that includes Erin Luthy, Logan Emory, Abby and Theron Fereday, and Trey Baham.  BNSC Director of Coaching Matt Billings commented, "For the last two years Coe has supported and mentored BNSC as the technical director, as DOC and I will miss his insight, but I will miss our friendship more."   Further supporting roles will be added in the near future as the Nationals seek to continue a structure that supports its continued mission for excellence and developing people first, players second.  Billings went on to add, " We wish Coe the best, we expect him to continue his rise in coaching, from the clubs point of view it will be exciting for BNSC players to have a coach at CBU that knows the quality of our players."   


BNSC Winter Futsal Registration

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U.S. Soccer Federation Mandates

2015 Player Development Initiatives.pdf

Despite the increased popularity of soccer and the success of our national teams, the youth soccer landscape at the entry level needs to be improved.Our soccer culture at the youth level focuses on winning and results rather than focusing on developing the skills of individual players.The concept of a team outweighs the importance of players having fun and developing to the best of their abilities.As a country, we need coaches and parents to spend less time caring about wins and loses, and more time devoted to teaching individual skills.Part of this initiative is to educate and empower coaches and parents to change the way we look at the sport.One example of this is U.S. Soccer’s new online F License, which is designed for coaches working with players ages 6‐8. These initiatives are part of a long‐term plan that will take time to reap the benefits from.For example, U10 players don’t play in the World Cup, so there is no reason to treat them and the environment they play in the same as our senior teams.We need to remember that kids at these ages are nowhere near the finished product, and their development process is a long way from being completed.To succeed, this means that players need to be in the best environment possible, both on the field and at home. Players should be encouraged to have fun and express themselves.Working with coaches and being encouraged by parents who support these initiatives is crucial to the overall success of the project. Winning is not the sole objective and should not be placed ahead of developing the player.As mentioned before, this is a long term approach with no shortcuts, and results require years of commitment.



 

Brett Becia and Army Mens Soccer 

Brett Becia
(pictured in Black uniform) a former BNSC club member had a great collegiate season as an Army freshman this year. He tallied 50 minutes or more of playing time in 8 consecutive games and was in the starting lineup for 7 matches. Brett received the “Newcomer of the Year” award which was the only award given to a nonsenior player at the annual Army soccer banquet on December 1. On November 3 Brett recorded his first collegiate assist in a 2-1 victory over Navy at PPL field in front of 9500 fans; the first Army victory over a Navy soccer team since 2008.

Brett’s Season Overview:

2015 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 13 games, while starting in seven matches … finished the year with an assist … made career debut off the bench in the season opener at Air Force (8/29) … earned first career start during a 3-2 win over Lehigh (10/11) … also appeared in the starting 11 versus American (10/17), Rutgers (10/20), Loyola (10/24), Colgate (10/28), Bucknell (11/7) and in the Patriot League Tournament at American (11/10) … tallied an assist as his first career point in a 2-1 Star win over Navy (11/3).

Click the link below to find out more about Brett and Army men’s soccer.

http://thecapitalsportsreport.com/2015/11/03/army-defeats-navy-for-the-first-time-at-ppl-park/

 

 

BNSC Golf Tournament and BBQ

To access the Golf Tournament paper registration form, click here.

Registration: click here.



















 

BNSC Product Makes USL Pro Debut

A Boise Nationals Soccer Club product, Blake Bodily made his debut for the Portland Timbers 2 of the USL Pro League in a 2-0 loss vs the Seattle Sounders 2 on Monday evening. Just a year ago Blake was a member of the BNSC Liverpool team before making the move to the Portland Timbers Development Academy program last July. Due to his performances with the U16 and U18 Academy squads Bodily had previously been included by T2 coach Jay Vidovich on the bench, but Monday marked his full debut as he started and played 75 minutes.  Because Bodily is still registered as a youth player and is not paid, he retains his collegiate eligibility and he is verbally committed to the University of Washington for the fall of 2016. A five minute video of highlights from the match with several moments featuring Blake can be watched at this link: http://www.timbers.com/video/2015/06/29/seattle-sounders-2-2-portland-timbers-2-0-usl-match-highlights

 

A few quotes...

  • Blake Bodily: "The game was a great experience. I really enjoyed the competition and the atmosphere. It makes me want to push myself even more to become a better player and make it to the first team one day."

  • T2 Coach, Jay Vidovich, assessing the overall match: "Certainly, we’re disappointed with the loss and the way we gave away the goals, but I think as I look at it, it was a developmental team. I’m pretty excited about a couple of things. I’m excited about Blake Bodily, a 16 year old out there. I thought he gave a tremendous performance. He took a couple of knocks and got on up. He had a tremendous two looks at goal, so real excited about that – the youth and what we’re supposed to be about – so I was happy with that."

  • BNSC Technical Director, Coe Michaelson, on Bodily: "Blake is a special player. I remember when his mom Susan and him and I spoke last summer about whether pursuing the next level with the Timbers was the best thing for him to do and I think recent events provide great justification for the risk they took moving him to another city to pursue his dream. From a competitive standpoint, it's difficult to lose your best players, but we are, and will continue to be about development first and foremost. It's not about sacrificing Blake's talent for the benefit of 17 other Boise kids, it's about helping him to fulfill his immense potential and this means helping promote him to the highest possible level. And sometimes that means they have to pursue opportunities like this. From a club perspective, along with Michael Kafari and Logan Emory, this makes our third guy in either the USL Pro or MLS in the past three years, and beyond a shadow of a doubt this is punching well above our weight here in Boise, Idaho. I think it's clear that for the serious young soccer player in the Treasure Valley with MLS or professional aspirations, we are the one club who has consistently delivered in our state. Hopefully Blake can emulate Michael and Logan and eventually take the step up to MLS and I know that is his goal, but for the time being we are just excited to see him enjoy his soccer, continue to grow in the game and pursue his potential and his dream."

Blake is currently training full time with T2 and will join them again vs Vancouver after a weekend back home in Idaho with the rest of his family. Congratulations Blake and keep up the great work! We are pulling for you back in Boise!

 

 Soccer Etc. Scholarship

Soccer Etc is very excited to announce that this fall will award eight scholarships, in the amount of $250 each, to competitive soccer players for travel expenses, and we hope you will help us get the word out to your players.

To apply, players visit Soccer Etc's webpage to download, print and complete an application.

Applications must be mailed to:

Soccer Etc
7085 W overland Rd
Boise ID 83709

and received by September 15, 2015.  Scholarship applicant's will be announced by September 30.  Player's name and club will be announced on Soccer Etc's webpage and facebook and in the store.


 

 Boise Nationals Teams Up with Banner Bank

Boise Nationals Soccer Club and Banner Bank Mortgage Lending have announced a 2-year partnership. Mirroring professional clubs and leading youth clubs around the nation, Banner Bank will be BNSC’s first kit sponsor for the 2015-16 & 2016-17 playing seasons. The Banner Bank logo will appear on all of BNSC’s competitive jerseys.
 
“Banner Bank is excited to partner with BNSC as the premier sponsor for the upcoming soccer season,” said Aaron Miller, Senior Vice President of Banner Bank Mortgage Lending. “Playing a role in the development of our children directly supports Banner’s core values of supporting the communities we serve.”
 
“I have no doubt Banner Bank will be a great partner for the Boise Nationals,” said Coe Michaelson, Technical Director of Boise Nationals. “Their involvement and support will better enable us to provide excellence to our families. We are very appreciative of Banner Bank’s support of our club and our kids.”
 
Boise Nationals is Idaho’s oldest youth soccer club.  This season, BNSC won 9 of 16 available State Cup titles, qualified 11 teams to Far West Regionals and will again be represented at Nationals.
 
Banner Bank has branches in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, including a downtown Boise branch and several locations in the Treasure Valley.
 



 

 BNSC Coaching Assignments

The Nationals Staff is one of the most experienced in the Northwest, and are led by a Technical Staff of Coe Michaelson, Matt Billings, Brad Thorne, Logan Emory & Erin Luthy. 


The Nationals staff boasts the following qualifications:

  • 14 Coaches with C Licenses or Better
  • 9 Current or Former College Coaches
  • 5 Former Professionals / Semi-Professionals
  • 27+ Current or Former Collegiate Players
  • 1 Former National Team Captain

The following are the team assignments for 2015-2016
  • BOYS
    • U9: TJ Thaemert
    • U10: Cesar Valencia, Kellen Wantulok, Logan Emory
    • U11: Jared Vreeland, Scott Lewis
    • U12: John Gwin, Brandon Rankin, Salvador Sanchez, Grant Billings
    • U13 Bayern: Brad Thorne, Tanner French
    • U13 Dortmund: Robbie Prokop
    • U14 Galaxy: Bill Taylor, Tanner French
    • U14 Galaxy Gold: Chad Pearsall
    • U15 Madrid: Matt Billings, Steve Brent
    • U15 Athletico: Chad Pearsall
    • U16 Arsenal: Logan Emory
    • U16 Chelsea: Stan Rodriguez 
    • U17 Inter: Stephen Marshall  
    • U18 Liverpool: Stan Rodriguez & Bill Taylor
  • GIRLS
    • U9: TJ Thaemert
    • U10: Gian Torres
    • U11: Gian Torres
    • U12: Yana Maxwell, Alex Rivera
    • U13 Premier: George Kovacs
    • U13 Blue: Brian Griffiths
    • U14 Ajax: Abby Fereday, Theron Fereday 
    • U14 Blue: Curtis Crystal
    • U15 Premier: Chad Hartley, Krystle Nitu 
    • U16 Premier: Mark Prince
    • U16 Blue: Ron Ray
    • U17 Premier: Matt Billings, Jenny Field
    • U17 Blue: Macey Vasquez

For questions, contact: 


Boise Nationals Cleans Up at State Cup

The Boise Nationals Soccer Club stole the show at the Idaho Youth Soccer State Cup this past Memorial Day weekend by winning 9 of 16 available state championships on offer.  Of 16 Finals the club had a team competing in 12 Finals, while a combined Nationals / Nova team took the crown at U19 Girls. In addition to our state champions, the U18 girls have a wildcard birth to Far West Regionals which will be held at Simplot Sports Complex in Boise over the week of June 22-28. Come see all 11 of these teams compete for a regional crown!  The schedule will be available at www.regioniv.com in the next week.

State Championship Teams include the following:

  • U12 Boys Bayern Black
  • U13 Boys Galaxy
  • U14 Boys Madrid
  • U15 Girls Premier
  • U15 Boys Arsenal
  • U16 Girls Premier
  • U16 Boys Inter
  • U17 Boys Liverpool
  • U19 Boys Celtic

Several other teams advanced to the finals or came close:

  • U13 Girls Premier lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion
  • U15 BNSC Velocity finished 3rd in the State
  • U17 Girls Italia lost in the final
  • U18 Girls Premier lost in the final
  • U18 Boys Milan lost in the final

The club also wants to offer its congratulations to the following teams:

  • U12 Girls Flamengo went 1-1 to finish 2nd in group play
  • U13 Boys Galaxy Gold finished 3rd out of 4 in group play
  • U14 Girls Sao Paulo finished 3rd out of 4 in group play
  • U16 Girls Blue finished 3rd out of 4 in group play
  • U16 Girls White finished 2nd in group play
  • U17 Girls Napoli finished 3rd out of 4 in group play

The Boise Nationals are very proud of all of these teams!  Congratulations on making us proud!

 

Cole Fuller is signing with College of Idaho in Caldwell to play soccer. As a member of the Boise Nationals Soccer Club, Cole helped his team win a State Title in 2015. He has been a member of the Timberline Varsity soccer team the past four years. Cole helped the Wolves to a 3rd place finish at State during his sophomore year. During his junior year, he helped the team to a State Championship. This past season Cole led the team to a District Championship, State Academic Championship, and a State Championship. Cole was selected as the team Offensive Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected as a 1st Team Striker on the Southern Idaho All-Conference team in 2014 and 2015. Cole will also be honored on the Timberline Athletic Wall of Fame.
 
Congratulations Cole and Good Luck in Caldwell.











BOISE NATIONALS SOCCER CLUB STANDOUT NAMED

GATORADE IDAHO BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR- 

In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Josh Szuch of Borah High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Idaho Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Szuch is the first Gatorade Idaho Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Borah High School. 

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Szuch as Idaho’s best high school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Szuch joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.). 

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior forward scored 23 goals and passed for seven assists this past season, leading the Lions (13-5-3) to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. Also the Southern Idaho Conference Class 5A Player of the Year, Szuch was a four-year member of the Borah varsity. He concluded his prep soccer career with 66 goals and 39 assists. 

Szuch has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom. An Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, he has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide and has participated in multiple community-service initiatives in association with his church youth group.

"Josh Szuch is a strong striker who is usually bigger than the defenders who are marking him,” said Chris Butzier, head coach of Eagle High. “He was definitely the driving force behind Borah’s season.” 

Szuch has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Brigham Young University-Hawaii beginning this fall. 

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girl’s volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, and boys And girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

 

BOISE NATIONALS SOCCER CLUB STANDOUT NAMED

GATORADE IDAHO GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR-

— In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Sophia Kallas of Boise High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Kallas is the fourth Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Boise High School. 

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Kallas as Idaho’s best high school girls soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Kallas joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), and Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.)  

The 5-foot-11 senior forward scored 23 goals and passed for 17 assists this past season, leading the Braves (20-1-1) to the Class 5A state championship game. Also the Idaho High School Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year, Kallas tallied four goals and three assists in three postseason games, including a goal in a 3-2 loss to Centennial High in the Class 5A state title game. The Southern Idaho Conference Class 5A Player of the Year, she concluded her prep soccer career with 44 goals and 36 assists. 

Kallas has maintained a 3.73 weighted GPA in the classroom. An active member of her local Fellowship of ChristianAthletes chapter, she has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics. 

“Sophia Kallas had a stand-out season,” said Alyssa Gentle, head coach of Mountain View High. “She was such a presence on the field.” 

Kallas has verbally committed to attend Western Washington University this fall, where she will play soccer. 

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girl’s volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, and boys

And girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board ofaccomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.