The Soccer Academy at Williams
The Soccer Academy at Williams History & Tradition
The Soccer Academy at Williams was founded in the early 1980's by long-time Williams Soccer coach Mike Russo shortly after he was appointed coach at Williams.
The Soccer Academy has enjoyed four decades of summer soccer camp at Cole Field and enters its 33rd year of operation in 2018. Many former campers have gone on to join the staff and the Soccer Academy now has served multiple generations within the same Berkshire County soccer families.
Founder and Director Emeritus Mike Russo continues to be a fixture at the camp each summer and has created a tremendous tradition of summer soccer training at Cole Field. Russo's tenure as the Williams Soccer coach included 6 NCAA Final Four appearances, 1 NCAA Title, and 4 NCAA National Coach of the Year Awards. He has continued to bring the same energy and passion for the game to Cole field each summer teaching young soccer players the principles of The Beautiful Game as they work to develop their skills and master the ball.
Technical, tactical, and functional training, as well as small-sided and full field competitions are a part of each camp week. In addition, campers get to test their creativity and virtuoso skills in open soccer-related games like Joga Bonito, Line Soccer, and many more.
Soccer Academy traditions like Word of the Day, Soccer Trivia, and everyone's favorite Friday treat "Cookie Day" continue to be huge hits with campers and coaches alike.
With a staff full of educators and coaches dedicated to player development and "giving back to the game," the Soccer Academy at Williams continues to enjoy a great reputation as one of the largest and longest continuously operated soccer camps in all of Massachusetts.