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Jim Blankenship launches Florida Gulf Coast University
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Jim Blankenship launches Florida Gulf Coast University

Posted on March 5, 2011


Jim Blankenship’s FGCU Soccer Camps … much more than just training …

College Opportunities for Student Athletes magazine, since 1991, written with several hundred college coaches, specifically to help subscribers get to college and on the team … often with full scholarships.

Summer camps are, in our opinion, the best way to get to know the college coach you may some day play for. Coaches use camps to train and evaluate future members of their teams. Summer camps provide an ideal environment for both student athlete and coach to thoroughly prepare and improve the quality of the recruiting decision.

For these important reasons we publish our book, The Best Soccer Camps and dedicate the Spring Edition of our magazine, College Opportunities for Student Athletes to detailed reviews of only 100 summer camp operators, nationwide.

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Jim Blankenship’s FGCU Soccer Camps … much more than just training …

“I like the challenge of developing a new program. FGCU is a hidden secret in soccer but I look forward to getting it started.” Coach Jim Blankenship

Jim Blankenship has been selected as the first-ever women’s soccer head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. A veteran of nearly two decades in collegiate coaching, Blankenship will begin his duties in July. The Eagles’ first season of competition will be in the fall of 2007.

During his career, Blankenship’s teams have won three national championships, appeared in eight straight final fours, received two NCAA Division I national tournament bids and graduated over 40 all-Americans and 18 academic all-Americans. His collegiate head coaching record stands at 241-70-9.

This will be the fourth start-up program under Blankenship’s direction. Previously he developed new programs as the head coach at the University of Miami, Lynn University and St. Thomas University.

From 1998 to 2002, he developed the program at the University of Miami, leading the Hurricanes to the conference tournament in year two and receiving an NCAA tournament bid in just the fourth season of competition. Under his direction, the Hurricanes climbed as high as No. 14 in the national rankings and Blankenship’s recruiting classes were recognized as some of the top-rated collegiate classes between 1998 and 2001.

Prior to UM, Blankenship spent 12 years as the first-ever head women’s soccer coach at Lynn University. He earned NAIA Coach of the Year honors five times (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 & 1995) and NSCAA Coach of the Year twice (1992 and 1994).

Jim and George VanLinder (Oklahoma) are, in our famly’s experience, the very best. Together they were the first college coaches our two daughters encountered in our Florida Soccer Club, Team Boca. Their kind and thoughtful manner brought our daughters along the path from sometimes silly pre-teen agers to serious club players who won state championships. And then, with full college scholarships, on to become All-Americans and graduate from a Division I college, debt free, into successful careers.

Of course, those events did not go unnoticed, and became the foundation for our Student Athlete Scholarships Foundation. That was over 1 million magazines ago!

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Summer Camps: Much More Than Training

Every camp here has been selected in our Best Soccer Camps book. The current edition of our Best Soccer Camps book contains only 100 selected camps from the more than 500 summer soccer camps.

Is this approach working? When have you seen so many camp ads and articles, anywhere, ever? Think about this. We talk to more serious soccer families and more truly dedicated college coaches, in one year, than anyone. And we help readers find the good camps that can affect their college futures, and their lives.

Now, consider what serious players do for top camps. Competitive players make the camp a success, elevate the level of play, and challenge other players. They stimulate the coaching staff. Everyone learns more and has more fun. And sometimes, a player catches the eye of a coach because, “Those campers were working so hard they looked like college players.” … the rest … perhaps, is history!

Readers refer to our Student Athlete magazine as the “Consumer Reports” of College-Bound sports. We are proud to have earned your respect. When we compile our Special Campers Issues we invite only camps recommended in our Best Camps book to advertise. We’ve done our homework. All of these camps are good!

As parents of serious student athletes, we know how expensive, yet important, good camp selection is. Add the camp’s cost, airfare, new clothes, new equipment, spending money, telephone, ground transportation and family gifts … a residential camp’s cost can total $1000!

What are the alternatives, once you’ve learned how to how play, for getting noticed by the college coaches?

The three most important things to do, to increase your chances of playing sports in college are:

1. Participate in the ODP
2. Win state cup with your club team
3. Attend camp at the college where you hope to play

Camp selection is the only event YOU can control. By the end of the camp, both you and the coach will know if his college is in your future. If the news is not good, ask him to recommend colleges where you can play, and to use him as a reference.


Bob Collins, Editor
Student Athlete Scholarships Foundation

(561) 749-0207
GOOGLE: “student athlete magazine”


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