Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University women's soccer head coach Andy McCaslin was recently selected among the top collegiate coaches from across the country to instruct at the EXACT Soccer ID Camp, which is an elite prospect camp that will be held at Benedictine University in the Chicago area on Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-11.
McCaslin, who served as a volunteer assistant coach for Ferris State during the fall 2012 season, was tabbed as FSU's new head coach in January and will begin his first season at the Bulldog helm this fall.
The unique ID Soccer Camp will give McCaslin the opportunity to share his wisdom as an instructor for high school athletes from across the nation. During the two day camp, he will conduct small group clinic activity, observe players in showcasing their development potential and lead one-on-one review sessions with each player.
In his initial season on the Bulldog staff last fall, McCaslin helped FSU to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament semifinals for only the second time in school history. Ferris State concluded the 2012 campaign with a 9-7-3 overall record and the program's first winning season and highest league finish since 2005.
McCaslin, who has more than eight years of experience coaching at the club, Olympic Development Program, high school and youth camp levels, also has five years of experience at various NCAA levels of competition. In his previous positions, he's recruited at both national and regional events and been involved with budgeting, fundraising, scheduling, travel planning, film editing along with public relations and more.
Prior to joining the Ferris State staff, McCaslin served as an assistant women's soccer coach at NCAA Division I Western Michigan from April 2011 to August 2012. The squad finished with a school-best 14-8 overall and was ranked regionally for the first since since 2003. They also made a second-straight Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament appearance and placed third in regular-season action.
While at Western Michigan, McCaslin helped coach five all-conference players and three MAC All-Tournament Team selections. Two were also honored as Academic All-Region selections with one chosen to the Academic All-America Team. WMU also posted the nation's highest team grade point average in women's soccer with eight players honored as academic all-league selections.
Before his tenure at Western Michigan, McCaslin served as an assistant coach for a year at Division III Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minn. The team was ranked regionally for the first time in 14 years while he was there and five players received all-league laurels.
He originally began his collegiate career as an assistant men's soccer coach at NCAA Division I Valaparaiso University from 2008 to 2010. Eight players were tabbed to the All-Horizon League squad in his tenure and the team set school records for both wins and goals against average. Three players went on to receive professional contracts and he also served as Valpo's camp director and created the curriculum.
A member of the United States Soccer Coaches Connection and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), McCaslin's currently a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" license holder along with being certified by the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) as a "Y" license holder. In addition, he holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma.
McCaslin earned a bachelor's degree in english writing from DePauw (Ind.) University along with a master's degree in sports administration at Valparaiso. He was a varsity soccer letterwinner at DePauw from 2000 to 2002 and claimed the team's Mental Attitude Award during his collegiate career.
The Bulldogs will open their first season under McCaslin's direction this fall in early September.
To find out more about the combination of elite instruction of experienced NCAA coaches and EXACT Sports' mental diagnostic tools used across professional and college sports, please visit http://exactsports.com/soccer/ or call 888-853-8877 for further information.