COACHING STAFF *Samir Haj Director of Coaching *Dave O’Brien *Frank Broadstreet *Travis Jackson *Bill Birnie *Steve Oliver *Julie Davis John Marshall *Mike Booker *Nassar Alameri *Dennis Miller *Jason Schofield Shannon Addison *Brittany Burns * denotes national license In addition, we are indebted to a number of the parent coaches who contribute significantly to the Club. COMETS AND COLLEGE SOCCER Developing Great People 1998 Justina Koch Trinity Univ. Through Soccer Shelly Peterson Hendrix College Megan Skoch Jacksonville St. 1999 Matt Ball Tulsa Univ. Brent Berger Stephanie Bradburn OK City Univ. OK City Univ. Tryouts Sean Carpenter Brock Dickinson UCA UCA for the Rachel Driver UA Fayetteville Clay Garrett Jonah Garrett NE State Univ. NE State Univ. 2001-2002 season Sarah Henry Ryan Lawrence NE State Univ. UCA will be held Marissa O’Leary Vanderbuilt Pam Pesnell UA Fayetteville Anna Sanders Ole Miss Frank Skoch Rebecca Swearingen Seaton Hall Hendrix College July 5, 6 and 7 6 – 8 PM Jeremy Thomas John Brown Univ. Gena Vaughn Austin College Toby VonRembow UCA Evan Watson Kelli Wilson Hartwick College Northwestern Univ. at 2000 Spencer Chandler Sha Jaeger So. Navarene Univ. Johnson Co Jr College Lewis Soccer Complex Erica Lewis Baylor Elizabeth Mahon Wheaton Fayetteville, Arkansas Jared Smith Missouri Southern Fayetteville, AR 72701 Shawn Wierick Missouri Southern 2001 Ambix Bantu Williams Baptist Arkansas Comets Laura Butler UCA 416 E. Lafayette Jana Doege Luke Driver Louisiana State UCA For more information: Daniel Faires Carrie Klein U of the Ozarks UA Fayetteville Call 521-5060 or check out the Jennifer Kribs Nicole Long Hendrix College Northeastern State Arkansas Comets web site at Jessie Miller Peter Pesnell Hendrix College UCA www.arkansascomets.com Ryan Reedy U of Dallas Gretchen Smith UCA Laura Vaughn UA Fayetteville Shasta Walker Belmont Abbey C The Arkansas Comets Soccer Club would like to The Comets environment is designed for the GAMES AND LEAGUE PLAY – Younger invite you to tryout for our club. The Comets have serious soccer player. We have a proven approach groups will play local games in Northwest been around since 1993, and have a proven track to player development. That approach has stood Arkansas, as well as nearby teams. Older teams, record with regard to player development. In the the test of time, but finding appropriate players is who will play at a higher level of competition, play past three years, over 40 of our players have the key. If you are a player that has the ability and in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, and pursued college soccer opportunities. If you are a dedication to benefit from the Comets experience, Missouri. dedicated soccer player, you might be a player that please come to our tryouts, July 5, 6, and 7, from would benefit from the Comets developmental 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Lewis Soccer Complex, in TOURNAMENTS – Each team will average about environment. Fayetteville. three tournaments per season, in addition to that team’s State Cup. The Club Director of Coaching The Arkansas Comets Soccer Club provides the SEASON – The soccer season starts in mid- and the Team Coach will select tournaments which infrastructure and plan to take a player from U11 August and ends in early November. The U17 and will provide benefit to the team and give them an classic soccer to U18 College recruiting material. U18 teams season is extended through December appropriate level of competition. That is the Comets' advantage. Our infrastructure is and January to attend college showcase consistent and secure. Samir Haj is our club's tournaments. The spring season for U11 – U14 Director of Coaching and one of the founders of starts in mid-February and ends in early May. The the Comets. Samir holds a USSF A license. In older teams resume in early May, after high school addition, he has been a member of the USSF season is over, and ends in early June. Region III coaching staff since 1985 and has served TRAINING SESSIONS – Most teams have two OTHER BENEFITS – on the USSF Coaches’ Committee and the training sessions per week, plus games on the Goalkeeping – the Club has a goalkeeper Tournament and Foreign Games Committee. Samir weekend. Some teams may train more than two coach and all Goalkeepers receive has a wealth of coaching experience, from youth to times/week, in preparation for a specific event. specialized training once a week. semi-professional soccer, and provides a great resource for the rest of our coaching staff. Aside Website - www.arkansascomets.com COST – Registration fees include but not limited provides information about the club, from his soccer credentials, Samir is a long-time to: Fayetteville resident. He coaches the Fayetteville upcoming events and new about other Reebok uniform (2 jerseys, shorts, Comet teams and former Comets players High School soccer teams, and maintains strong 2 socks and a T-shirt) ties in the Northwest Arkansas Community. Samir at college Registration with Arkansas State Comet Store – During major events and provides the consistency and stability for the Soccer Association and US Youth Arkansas Comets that other soccer clubs and teams anytime on the website, Comet Club Soccer Association members can purchase Reebok and Comet struggle to provide. Start up team fund ($500/team) apparel at a significant discount. Why is the stability of the Comets so important? Coaching fees College recruitment assistance – for older Coaches and administrators come and go. Many Club Administration players teams crumble when their coach has a career or Field Usage fees National Ranking – The Arkansas Comets family change and can no longer coach. Within the has been ranked nationally and historically Comets the club looks after all teams. Coaches are Under 11 $150 per year have more kids playing college soccer recruited and trained by the club. On occasion Under 12 $200 per year then any other Arkansas club. when we lose coaches, Samir and the rest of the Under 13 $250 per year coaching staff fill the void, either by recruitment, Under 14, 15, 16 $300 per year or by temporary doubling of duties. This approach Under 17, 18 $350 per year soccer allows players and parents to focus on soccer, No player will be denied participation based on ability to pay. without the uncertainty of whether or not a team will be able to continue to play.