Coach Phillips will begin her fifth season with the University of Pennsylvania. 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 an assistant coach position for the University of San Francisco. She then followed Coach Van Dyke to Penn and has been an integral part of the success of the program.
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 United States Soccer Federation B License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is currently in the process of taking her United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ License.
Elizabeth Johnson joined the coaching staff for the Women’s Soccer team at Penn in 2017 and enters her third season this Fall. Johnson has spent 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.
Lizzy currently holds her United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ License as well as her NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
Prescott, a graduate of Haverford College and current student at Temple's School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, joins Penn after brief stays at Bryn Mawr College and Colgate University. She coaches locally in Philadelphia and played soccer collegiately at Haverford.
“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. Penn Soccer Academy hires only qualified soccer coaches and players for work at the camp. Each staff member must complete a background check prior to working camp. Penn Soccer Academy will often invite collegiate coaches from additional schools to work as instructors and evaluators for ID camp.
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