Jan. 11, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown University Field Hockey Head Coach Shannon Soares has announced the dates and opened registration for the 2016 S-Squared Sports All-Access Field Hockey Camp. The summer camp, headed by Soares, begins on Wednesday, July 27 and concludes on Friday, July 29. This is the third year Soares is holding the camp on the Hilltop.
Camp participants will have an all-access pass into stepping up their game and discovering the latest technical and tactical components of field hockey in preparation for their upcoming scholastic season. The camp is open to individuals as well as high school teams. Commuters are also welcome. Camp will include technical and tactical instruction during the morning and afternoon sessions, with game-play taking place in the evening.
The staff will consist of NCAA Division I collegiate coaches and current Division I student-athletes will serve as counselors.
Overnight campers will be lodged in the on-campus dormitory, Kennedy Hall located in close proximity to Copper Field where instruction will be taking place.
Soares, who guided the field hockey program to an eight-win season in 2015; the most program wins since 2003 will head the camp with assistant coaches Meaghan Neylon and Nick Hoffman serving as assistant directors.
A Centreville, Va. native, Soares took over the Georgetown field hockey program in the spring of 2014, after spending a year as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University and an additional five years as an assistant coach with VCU. As the Rams head coach, she led the team to a 13-5 record after the team finished 5-13 just one year before.
In 2015, Soares oversaw a squad of which junior striker, Aliyah Graves-Brown, earned the program's first-ever First Team All-BIG EAST honor. Additionally, junior goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki, garnered BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Honors and junior back, Devin Holmes was twice named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Overall, Soares helped the Hoyas quadruple their win count from the 2013 season.
Neylon joined the Georgetown coaching staff in the summer of 2015 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Longwood University.
On the Hilltop, Neylon is heavily involved in many aspects of the program including, but not limited to, goal goalkeeper and midfield development, recruiting, film analysis and breakdown, scouting of opponents, the monitoring of academic progress and planning/organizing training sessions.
In just her first year on the Hilltop, Neylon helped to develop junior goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki into an impactful defensive specialist. In 2015, Skonecki ranked sixth nationally in save percentage and earned four shutouts, the most since Georgetown's 1994 season.
Also joining the staff in the summer of 2015, Hoffmann is a native of Australia, bringing 27 years of invaluable international playing and coaching experience to the Hilltop. Hoffmann oversees Georgetown's defensive unit and helped develop Holmes into a two-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recipient.
Interested campers can register online at www.ssquaredsports.com. For more information, please visit www.ssquaredsports.com, follow @S_SquaredSports on Twitter and like the Facebook page.