Nicole Van Dyke
Nicole Van Dyke was hired in March 2015 and enters her third season as the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer program.
This is Nicole's third head coaching position. At age 23, Nicole was hired as the head coach of Call State Stanislaus (NCAA DII). After a successful run at Stanislaus, Nicole returned to her alma mater, Cal State Bakersfield, to take over the head coaching position for the Roadrunners (NCAA DI). Coach Van Dyke has spent the last four seasons at Stanford University -- three as an assistant coach, and the fourth as the Associate Head Coach under Paul Ratcliffe. She was invaluable in helping guide the Cardinal to three NCAA College Cup berths, including the 2011 National Championship. Stanford went a combined 81-9-7 and won two Pac-12 titles during her four season on The Farm.
During her span as a college coach, Nicole has also worked extensively with youth soccer players. She has directed camps at Stanislaus, Bakersfield, and Stanford. She's been an ODP Region 4 camp staff coach, and has coached club teams from ages U8 all the way up through U18. For over a dozen years, Coach Van Dyke has organized and run camps for thousands of players of all ages.
Coach Phillips will begin her third season with the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2016. Melissa started her collegiate coaching career in 2009 as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield. Following her second season in the role she was hired as the head coach of the program in 2011 and upon the hire was the youngest coach in NCAA Division I. She spent three seasons as the head coach before taking her most recent position as an assistant coach for the University of San Francisco
In addition to her collegiate experience, Coach Phillips has worked with youth players from ages U8-U18 focusing primarily with the U8-U13 age groups. She has directed camps at Bakersfield and worked numerous youth camps with Universities and Club teams over the years.
Melissa currently holds a USSF 'B' License as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
This spring, Elizabeth Johnson joins the coaching staff for the Women’s Soccer team at Penn. Johnson has spent the last six years coaching club soccer in Northern California where she has led several successful NPL teams. She has also served as a Director of Coaching for the girls side of the San Mateo Soccer Club during her time in the Bay Area. She got her start in coaching in Tallahassee, Fla. as the Tallahassee United Football Club ‘94/’95 Girls head coach, as well as working with Warner Soccer as a player development coach from 2007-10. While in the Sunshine State, she served as a coach with Florida ODP where she scouted, evaluated and selected players for Florida state ODP teams. Johnson was also the assistant coach at the 2009 Region III Camp.
Johnson brings a wealth of collegiate soccer knowledge to Penn, having been a four-year letter winner at Vanderbilt University. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Engineering with a minor in mathematics from Vanderbilt in 2003. She earned her United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘A’ License in 2014, as well a NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
Jason has worked in club soccer for over two decades. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 1996, Jason began the work of forming the Central Marin SC. In 1998, Jason helped to found the Cal North club, Marin FC, where he worked as a Director of Coaching from 1998-2008. During his time with Marin FC, he was the head coach of several teams. In 2004, he won a US Club Soccer National Championship with the Marin FC Blue 90G (U14) - and was the head coach of that team from U9 all the way through U18. In 1999, Jason returned to USF to serve as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team (1999-2005).
Jason was the co-director of Coerver Soccer camps in Northern California from 1998-2013. He's been a ODP Region 4 staff coach and has worked dozens of ID camps for ODP, NCAA, and PDP. Currently, Jason is the head coach of the U17 Girls MVLA Pride ECNL team. He has worked extensively with teams of all ages including years with players aged U8/U9.
Jason has a USSF 'A' license, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He also holds a USSF Youth National Diploma, which focuses on development of players U6-U12.
“A camp is only as good as its staff,” and Penn Soccer Academy prides itself on the professional, experienced staff that in addition to Camp Director Nicole Van Dyke, will teach, evaluate and motivate our campers to reach their potential.
Our camper-to-staff ratio of 8:1 guarantees that each camper will receive individual feedback within the group environment.
The following coaches are or have been a part of our staffing for our overnight camps. In addition, college players from the Penn team and many other women’s collegiate programs will serve as role models, counselors and chaperones.
Please note: We cannot guarantee that each coach will be at all sessions. Please check with the camp office for current staff.