The Gaucho Elite Soccer Camps is designed for 15-18 boys who aspire to compete at the collegiate level. The camp is a challenging program with training sessions stressing positional play and advanced team tactics. Daily demonstrations will be provided by current members of the two-time defending Big West Champion UCSB Men's soccer team. Players will be divided into teams for our World Cup Competition. The best players during the week will play in an all-star game in Harder Stadium, the home of the Gauchos! In the past, the camp has also offered players an excellent recruiting opportunity. Six members of the current UCSB team attened the Elite Camp in recent years.
UCSB Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg
Tim Vom Steeg recently completed his fourth season as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer program, guiding the Gauchos to their second consecutive Big West Conference title and a trip into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCSB ended the 2002 season ranked 12th in the nation with an 18-3-1 overall record and had three players recognized as All-Americans. In his four years at UC Santa Barbara he has comprised an overall record of 50-25-4, was named MPSF Co-Coach of the Year in 1999, and has coached two players who are currently playing professional soccer, one whom plays in Europe.
Prior to his return to UCSB, Vom Steeg was the head coach at Santa Barbara City College, where he amassed an impressive 121-18-4 (.860) overall record from 1992 through 1998, leading the Vaqueros to five Western State Conference Championships and a 1996 California Community College State Championship. In addition, SBCC reached the State Final Four four times under Vom Steeg, most recently in his final season, 1998. Vom Steeg was a five-time WSC Coach of the Year choice in his seven-year tenure and he was also named State Coach of the Year in 1996 and Far West Region Coach of the Year in 1997.
UCSB Assistant Coach Leo Chappel
Leo Chappel has been instrumental in guiding the UCSB men's soccer program to elite level at which it now stands on the national level. In his two short seasons with the Gauchos they have won two straight Big West Conference titles and have never lost a conference match at home.
Chappel currently serves on the NSCAA Regional Coaching Staff and holds a NSCAA Premier and a USSF "A" License. Prior to coming to UCSB he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and was instrumental in bringing the program to a national ranking.
UCSB Goalkeeper Coach Ryan Sparre
Under Sparre's tutilage, current UCSB goalkeeper Danny Kennedy has amassed the lowest career goals against average in Gaucho history.
Along with many current players from the UCSB team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.