Specialty Clinic with Seattle Sounders Academy Director, Marc Nicholls
On Thursday, December 22, 2016, select players from the VIS Elite Academy, Select Academy and Oahu Academy participated in an exclusive Specialty Clinic with Seattle Sounders Technical Director, Marc Nicholls.
Nicholls has been the Sounders Academy Technical Director since July 2014. The two-time U.S. Academy coach of the year (2010 and 2012) joined the Seattle Sounders staff after three years (2011-13) as the Head Coach of the Carolina Dynamo of the USL PDL, where he led the team to the division title in all three seasons, including a PDL National Final appearance in 2012 and U.S. Soccer National Championship in 2013.
Nicholls also served as Technical Director for NC Fusion, leading the club to three appearances in U.S. Academy Nationals, including a third-place finish for the U-18 squad in 2012. Nicholls holds his USSF National “A” License, the FIFA Futuro III program, as well as the prestigious French Formation License. He is currently a national staff member for U.S. Soccer.
The Elite Academy is comprised of 24 of Maui’s most competitive high school-aged players, while the Select Academy is for players in 7th and 8th grade. Both the Elite and Select Academies are designed for ambitious players who are working towards collegiate-level or professional soccer. The Oahu Academy is for Oahu-based players who train regularly with VIS Academy coaching staff in clinics and weekend training camps.
VIS Academy hosts a number of Specialty Clinics each year for VIS Academy players. The Specialty Clinics are designed to inspire and motivate players by bringing high-level international, professional, and collegiate guest coaches to work with Maui’s players. Given Hawaii’s geographical distance to the mainland, VIS Academy strives to make professional coaching more accessible to Hawaii’s players. For more information about VIS Academy’s Elite Academy, Select Academy or Specialty Clinics, contact us.