Historically, the primary focus of the Cape Express Soccer Club Varsity Program was to continue to help our club players prepare to play in college through a structured, progressive curriculum, offering college guidance, providing strong competition through league and friendly games, and by participating in college showcases and tournaments.
Within the last few years, CESC has implemented an Academy style program where players are afforded an opportunity to compete and play on multiple CESC varsity teams. In this eventuality, players can play age appropriate or on a higher age group if authorized.
This year the CESC Varsity Program will consist of two teams and may be adjusted based upon the number of registered players. The proposed team are as follows:
U19 Girls – This team will be Trained and Coached by Scott Kurkowski. Scott is an Assistant Coach with Middle Township High School Boys Soccer team. Scott has been with CESC since 2016 and also played youth and varsity soccer at CESC. Scott has had a lot of success with a number of boy’s and girls’ youth teams in the CESC program.
U-15/16 Boys – This team will be Trained and Co-Coached by CESC Trainers Austin Johnson and Sal Jason Mancuso. Both Austin and Sal played youth soccer with CESC. Austin continued his soccer career at LaSalle University and York College
U-23 Boys and Girls – These teams, which train and play primarily during June and July of the summer months, will be Trained and Coached by Bill O’Neill. Bill is the current Head Coach of the Men’s and Woman’s soccer teams at Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn, Pa. BAC participate in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
In addition to coaching the U-23 teams, Bill will also act as our CESC College Soccer Advisor/Liaison. Bill will be available to provide guidance and support to varsity players who have an interest in playing college soccer. As the Head Coach of both BAC programs, Bill has access to a significant number of DI, DII, and DIII college coaches in the tristate area and will advocate for our players when possible.
This year CESC teams will primarily play college showcase tournaments with the first two to three tournaments taking place before the winter break in December. CESC Varsity teams will return for training in mid-February and finish their remaining tournaments by June 2023. Depending upon availability, most CESC varsity teams compete in four to six college showcase tournaments.
In the interim, we are asking all interested players who wish to participate in the varsity program to register immediately at Capeexpress.com. There will be no obligation to pay until a formal acceptance e-mail is forwarded to the CESC players. If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].
Best regards and I hope to see you on the pitch soon.
Cape Express Soccer
Director of Coaching