MSC is a Tampa Bay Fixture

"If man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. 

Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

- Henry David Thoreau

MSC Camp History

 MSC has had an amazing journey.  Click on the years that you'd like to review...

1979-1990     1991-2000     2001-2007     2008-2012     2013-2017     

Summer 2017 will be our 37th edition.  This summer we will have better facilities than at any point in our 37-year history.  The Hayes Family Gym and the Wagner Athletic Complex on the campus of Carrollwood Day School provide top class state-of-the-art facilities that will help ensure an amazing summer camp experience.

Left - Another dynamic training session under the direction of Coach Harte.

Marauder Soccer Camp is the home for the teaching and coaching philosophy of Coach Jim Harte and the excellent staff at MSC. Coach Harte started MSC 36 years ago.  Since then he and the staff of MSC have spread the word of Individual Player Development in the context of fun and character development.  MSC has set the pace for local soccer camps using creativity, innovation, and a high standard of quality.  "In my opinion not only is Marauder Soccer Camp the best soccer camp out there but it is the best summer camp of any kind." - Kaiju Nekvasil - MSC parent.

What is it about MSC that has people talking and causes MSC to sell out every summer?  Our coaching staff is second to none because they are true to the most important component to motivation - a love and appreciation for the soccer experience.  Our core staff has been together for many years.  Almost every staff member is a former MSC camper.  Our coaches are ardent disciples of a way-of-thinking that uses soccer camp to create a memorable and unique life experience - the MSC experience.   "If you don't come to this camp with confidence, you will definitely leave with it." - Jared Hirschfield, camper.

Right: former camper and  staff veteran Becky Thompson of Florida State University conducts goalkeeper training.

MSC is a unique convergence of serious soccer, quality teaching, and all-out, irreverent fun.   This camp must be experienced to be truly understood, but suffice to say that with very little advertising MSC has managed to keep the tradition alive!  Now based at Carrollwood Day School MSC and Coach Harte have found in CDS a home that matches the underlying core beliefs that have made MSC great: a commitment to excellence, a strong character foundation, and a belief in the fun and adventure of teaching and learning.

MSC was founded and existed for seven years as Tornado Soccer Camp, then High Winds Soccer Camp in St. Petersburg.  When Coach Harte took the Boy's Varsity Soccer Coaching job at Clearwater Central Catholic High School in 1987, the camp to Clearwater with him and was renamed Marauder Soccer Camp.  And now Harte has moved on to Carrollwood Day School in Tampa....and MSC has followed.

Left: Andrew McAdams, former camper and starting goalkeeper for the College of William and Mary, trains a young goalkeeper.

The goal of the camp is to make the individual camper the focus.  Our very strong camper-first philosophy forces us to always ask the question: "Is this decision in the best interests of the campers and the quality of the camp experience?"

We teach campers the skills they need to play soccer effectively. We respect them. We inspire them. We make them think. We make them smile.  We try to remind them that they are part of a world much larger than youth soccer.  And year after year they come back for more!

Many of our customers remark that we have out-paced other camps because we so truly care about the experience of each individual camper. We bring to each camper's feet a stellar combination of a disciplined environment where children know and understand what is expected of them and a knowledgeable and personable coaching staff that gives 100% every day, all within an environment which allows each camper to realize their own potential and truly enjoy themselves. 

Right: former camper Jeff Ijjas trains a camper in the 1-2-3's

Over the years the following have been guest speakers or staff members at MSC:

Ben Mallue - Assistant Coach at St. John's University in New York City.  Ben is a former MSC camper, Gopher, and staff member, and still makes guest coaching appearances.

Zac MacMath - Colorado Rapids of MLS.  Zac was a Marauder Soccer Camper for many years and began his staff career as a Gopher before he was brought into the US Soccer Residential program in Bradenton, FL.  Zac played at University of Maryland, Philadelphia Union, 29 appearances for the US U17 and U20 Teams.   

Kyle Curinga - Kyle has been associated with MSC for seven years.  He had a 3-year professional playing career in Finland.  Kyle played a distinguished 4-year high school soccer career at Clearwater Central Catholic High School under Coach Harte. 

Mike Alstott - Tampa Bay Buccaneers great.

Perry VanDerBeck - appeared over 30 times for the US National Team, played for the original Tampa Bay Rowdies as well as Team America.  Perry held several positions with the MLS Tampa Bay Mutiny including Head Coach and Manager. 

Robin Confer - Robin was an MSC staffer in 1995, appeared for the US National Team 7 times, won 3 national Championships at University of North Carolina, set state scoring records while a player at CCC, and is currently Head Women's Soccer Coach at the University of North Florida

Nelson Vargas - appeared for the US Men's National Team; played in MLS with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion, appeared in the film "The Game of Their Lives" - a feature film about the sensational 1950 world cup upset when the unheralded United States beat heavily-favored England 1-0.

Pete Chapman - 1991 British Bodybuilding Champion and the author of "The Pocket Life Coach"

Colin Watts - Youth Development Director for Norwich City FC, England

Hulk Hogan - World renowned professional wrestler and TV/movie star

Neill Collins - Tampa Bay Rowdies Center Back and Scottish International, Assistant Coach at Carrollwood Day School

In addition we've had numerous player appearances from local professional soccer players.

We have been featured in the St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Evening Independent and the Clearwater Sun, as well as Channels 8, 10, and 44. Marauder Soccer Camp T-Shirts can be seen all over the Tampa bay Area.

Left: Coach Joe Wunderlich (Gumby) and his 2012 Session 2 League and Tournament Championship team.

Our camp web site - www.MSCcamp.com - broke new ground in the Tampa Bay Area when it debuted in 1999. It continued a pattern of MSC setting the pace for local area soccer camps.  There is a Facebook page as well as an InstaGram account.  Our major camp sponsors is Stratford Pharmaceuticals.  Over the years we have been sponsored by Adidas, Nike, Lotto, Allen's Sports, Coke, Pepsi, All-Sport, and Powerade.

Any young players' journey through the youth soccer years would not be complete without a stop at MSC. The Casa Marauder, The MSC Constitution, The Station 3 First-In Last-Out Award, The Gold and Silver Nails, the "You Don't Have to be Crazy But it Helps" Award, The "You'll Never Walk Alone" Award, League Play, The Tournament, The Fair-Play Award, Trophy-Building, Uniform Day, Hat Day, Banner Day, Bowling, the Marauder Rumble, Rulers of the Soccer Field, Old-School Soccer, Soccer Tennis, Soccer Golf, Soccer 4-Square, The Pizza Auction, the list of special things at MSC just goes on and on. Just ask the over 9000 campers that have sampled the MSC experience over the past 36 years.

 
 

 

JIM HARTE'S MARAUDER SOCCER CAMP
Phone: 727-786-3589
Email:
msccamp@aol.com