"I enjoy having the opportunity to work with talented players from around the country and especially players at or near the US National Team level," said Clarke. "I also get to work with some excellent coaches including other members of the US National Staff, so the camp is also a good avenue for professional development."
The Super Y ODP Camp represents an elite group of players coming together to display their soccer talent and work ethic to collegiate and national team scouts. The focus of the camp is to identify the top players in each birth year (1992-96) for possible addition to their respective National Team. Clarke served as Technical Director for both the boys and girls five-day programs in Tampa, working with the girls from Mar. 3-7, and the boys from Mar. 10-14.
Clarke's primary duties for the duration of the camp were to develop the program curriculum and plan the daily sessions for each group of players. He also served on the selection committee for each age group, scouting and choosing the most talented players in each session for recommendation to the National Staff coaches. Once the teams are chosen, they will practice in preparation for world tours, as the girls teams will likely travel to the Caribbean and the boys will head to Europe.
Clarke's extensive résumé within the world of soccer is what brought him to the ODP Camp in Tampa. His work on previous USL staffs in addition to his collegiate and Connecticut Football Club coaching experiences earned the recognition that led up to the appointment on the ODP staff. His continued professional development is very beneficial for the Quinnipiac women's soccer program, as his work in the ODP helps spark the recognition of the Bobcats' program to the best upcoming players in the country.
"Through working in this program, I get the chance to watch players from all over the US and Canada," said Clarke. "I get to know the clubs they play for which helps me to assess their level of play. Quinnipiac in turn gets exposure to players from states like North Dakota and Alaska as well as traditional soccer states such as California and New Jersey. The contacts I make off the field at ODP camp help me in terms of future recruiting opportunities."
The Quinnipiac women's soccer teams return to action Sunday, Mar. 28, in spring season competition. The Bobcats will host Marist College at 4 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.