In September, with the summer being almost nine months away, a relatively new camp contacted me about a recently vacated position. They were interested in having me to fill in, so we exchanged emails, had a couple of phone calls to discuss ideas and it turned out we clicked. Three weeks later, I'm beyond delighted to announce that I have agreed to join Camp Micah for Summer 2017 as the new Director of Soccer.
For the past three years I've been lucky enough to be coaching for programs in Vietnam, the US and now England. Last summer was an extraordinary experience at Camp Towanda under the guidance of the one and only Coach Lee Nikolaidis who I had the honor of shadowing and learning from. It was at Towanda that I learned what the camp life is about and just how amazing it is to be able to spend the summer coaching the game I live and breathe while also making friends with so many new people. Most importantly though, I got to mentor some of the best kids in the world through seven weeks full of surprises and suspense.
I would have loved to return for more of the same next summer, but the opportunity to create, implement and direct a 270-strong soccer program at just 20 years of age is too good to pass. This has been a dream job I've had since I started coaching as a schoolboy, and I'm already counting down the days till I can get started.
I wish everyone at Towanda the best of luck and if you are returning to camp for Summer 2017, I know you will have a blast. Thank you for a memorable summer of 2016.
About the Author
Bao "Terry" Cao is currently a coach at Manchester United Foundation and the FA Development Centre for girls. Terry is licensed by both the FA and USSF. He shares his personal experience of being involved in youth soccer as both a coach and an outside viewer.