Nicole Van Dyke was hired in March 2015 and enters her fifth season as the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer program.
In her latest season, Van Dyke enjoyed one of the best years in program history, guiding the Quakers to a 13-2-1 record and a share of the Ivy League crown - their first since 2010 - after going 5-1-1 in league play. In 16 games, Penn allowed just five goals - the fewest in program history - and secured 12 shutouts on the year, just one off the record. The Quakers finished the season leading the country in three NCAA Statistical Categories.
This is Nicole's third head coaching position. At age 23, Nicole was hired as the head coach of Call State Stanislaus. After a successful run at Stanislaus, Nicole returned to her alma mater, Cal State Bakersfield, to take over the head coaching position for the Roadrunners. Coach Van Dyke then spent four seasons at Stanford University -- three as an assistant coach, and the fourth as the Associate Head Coach. She was invaluable in helping guide the Cardinal to three NCAA College Cup berths, including the 2011 National Championship. Stanford went a combined 81-9-7 and won two Pac-12 titles during her four seasons on The Farm.
During her span as a college coach, Nicole has also worked extensively with youth soccer players. She has directed camps at Stanislaus, Bakersfield, and Stanford. She's been an ODP staff coach, and has coached club teams from ages U8 all the way up through U18.
Coach Van Dyke currently holds a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ License and a NSCAA Premier Diploma.
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.
Jason has worked in club soccer for over two decades. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 1996, Jason began the work of forming the Central Marin SC. In 1998, Jason helped to found the Cal North club, Marin FC, where he worked as a Director of Coaching from 1998-2008. During his time with Marin FC, he was the head coach of several teams. In 2004, he won a US Club Soccer National Championship with the Marin FC Blue 90G (U14) - and was the head coach of that team from U9 all the way through U18. In 1999, Jason returned to USF to serve as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team (1999-2005).
Jason was the co-director of Coerver Soccer camps in Northern California from 1998-2013. He's been a ODP Region 4 staff coach and has worked dozens of ID camps for ODP, NCAA, and PDP. Currently, Jason is the head coach of the U17 Girls MVLA Pride ECNL team. He has worked extensively with teams of all ages including years with players aged U8/U9.
Jason has a USSF 'A' license, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He also holds a USSF Youth National Diploma, which focuses on development of players U6-U12.
“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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