Dozens of local middle and high school soccer players recently participated in the Marshall Soccer School at the Sports Performance Center at The Greenbrier. A total of 50 players age 10 and older attended the three-day camp which was organized by the Northern Greenbrier Youth Soccer League. Bob Gray, head coach of the Marshall University men’s soccer team and assistant coach Thomas Olivier, assistant coach, along with goalkeeper coach Alex Fatovic, led the June 19-21 sessions.
The training focused on technical, tactical and psychological sessions designed to push players to improve their speed of play, decision making and awareness on the field. Fatovic also led goalkeeper-specific sessions for those interested. “This was a tremendous opportunity for our local athletes,” said Shannon Shanklin with NGYSL. “Being able to learn from NCAA Division I coaches right here in Greenbrier County is just remarkable and the kids really seemed to have a great time.”
Gray, a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus, just completed his 20th season with Marshall and his 37th overall. Olivier, a native of Bonsecours, France, has been an assistant coach for the Thundering Herd for six seasons. Former Virginia State Player of the Year Fatovic joined the MU staff three years ago.