TSS Opens Door to US College
- Created: Wednesday, 04 March 2009 10:39
When 17-year old Camille Verschooris received a phone call from TSS Academy coaching staff in early January, she scarcely realized how dramatically that phone call would change her future.
Verschooris was 1 of 32 select players invited to participate in a college showcase event organized by TSS in early January. College coaches from around the US and Canada were in attendance including Rutgers University, George Mason University, Oregon State, UBC, Uvic, and others. When Verschooris took to the field, George Mason head coach, Diane Drake, took an immediate interest in the 5 foot 10 center back.
2 weeks after the showcase event concluded, Verschooris was flown down to George Mason University in Virginia, a division 1 school with a top-notch soccer program.
"I was blown away by the facilities," said Verschooris. "I couldn't believe how many training fields there were - not to mention the locker room. I thought I was being recruited by Man United or something."
Verschooris knew this was the type of school and the type of soccer program she had dreamt about. One month later, she had secured a 4-year full scholarship and was about to play for the George Mason Patriots. For Verschooris it was a dream come true. For head coach Drake, she found the player she was looking for and expects Verschooris to play immediately for the Patriots.
"Cami is technical, extremely good in the air and very composed on the ball," Drake said. "She has wonderful vision as a central defender and reads the game well. "
The remarkable part of this story is that Verchooris never played organized soccer until U13. She started playing at the Douglas Park Soccer Club in Vancouver where she signed on with a recreational silver team. After a few months of playing, she was noticed by a local coach and recruited to play on a Gold team called the Wanderers, a team she has been playing for ever since.
She joined TSS Academy 4 years ago to help with her development and participated in TSS summer travel teams, playing in high-level tournaments in California. For TSS Director Colin Elmes, it's a great success story.
"Here's a player who, for whatever reason, has not played at the highest level," says Elmes. "Despite that fact, she took her development seriously. She applied herself in training and pushed herself to succeed. Cami's success is a message to all girls who have soccer ambitions. Don't let others tell you whether you're a good player or not. Get out there and make yourself better."
As for Verschooris, she's counting the days to the start of her new soccer journey in Virginia, a journey that started with a simple phone call.