MSC Camp History

 MSC has had an amazing journey. 

The journey of MSC is an extension of the personal and professional journey of the founder of MSC.  We will pause the camp portion of the journey in summer 2019 while Coach Harte recovers from knee surgery.  The journey, however, continues.  Coach Harte remains active as an award winning Physical Education Teacher and as the Academy Director and TOPS Soccer Director for West Florida Flames Eastlake.

Click on the years that you'd like to review the evolving story of the camp and it's founder...

1974-1990     1991-2000     2001-2007     2008-2012     2013-2019     

MSC: a Tampa Bay Fixture...

It starts with Camp Director Jim Harte and the wonderful MSC Family of Staff and Campers

"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

The quote above is perhaps the best way to explain MSC.  MSC hears a different drummer.  The focus is on the individual camper and their happiness within a camp culture of enthusiasm, passion, belief....and FUN! 

Above: Making players better at MSC circa 2007


Jim Harte's Marauder Soccer Camp is the home for the teaching and coaching philosophy of Coach Jim Harte. Coach Harte started MSC 37 years ago.  Since then he and the MSC staff 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.  Campers are happiest when they are challenged and made to think in a context that is demanding yet safe.  Merit is rewarded and everyone has fun and feels loved while getting better as players.  Mutual respect is always in place: on the training field, in games, and at breaks.  There are no favorites because everyone is the favorite.  Lack of effort and lack of engagement are not part of the MSC program.

Below: a typical break-time scene at MSC 2017 as former camper, current Stetson University star, and future doctor Erin Avers poses with campers.

Summer 2018 was our 38th edition.  This summer we will go on hiatus while Coach Harte recovers from knee surgery. 

Above is our amazing 2017 Session 2 staff:  Back Row - Scott Robertson (Celtic FC, Glasgow), Erin Avers (Stetson University), Noah Nixon (Pine Manor College), Aaron Spencer (CDS), Justin Nguyen (Robinson HS IB), Stuart Robertson (Partick Thistle, Glasgow), Shane O'Connor (CDS Strength and Conditioning Coach), Matt Thomas (US Marine Corps).  Front Row - Gophers Chase Sing, Alec Karmen, Aidan Ragan, Arianna Sherman, Harte, Luke Nugent (Clearwater Chargers DA), Jack Pironti (CDS, Wesleyan University), Nicole Matuska (Women Win).

"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.


Above left: Geoff "Wildman" Wiley plays soccer golf in 1984.  Right: Rowdies player Frankie Sanfilippo (back row, big smile) drops in on the 2015 camp.

What is it about MSC that has people talking and has caused MSC to sell out every summer?  It's everything...our unique commitment to each individual camper, our traditions, our fun, our coaching staff.  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 life experience - the MSC experience.  

"If you don't come to this camp with confidence, you will definitely leave with it." - Jared Hirschfield, camper.

MSC is a unique convergence of serious soccer, quality teaching, and all-out, irreverent fun.  

- Serious soccer: Technical training that leads to confidence on the ball; Tactical awareness that leads to good decision-making on the field; Challenging fitness training that will work the players and make them stronger/faster/quicker/more agile; an open-minded frame of mind that leads to self-belief.

- Quality teaching: Jim Harte has been winning teaching and coaching awards for almost 40 years.  The staff at MSC reflects teaching and coaching methods that are timeless and lead to an immersion in success. 

Right: Signing Day 2007 at CCC.  Former Campers and MSC Staffers Adam Martin, Brian Scott, and Sean Flaherty are accompanied by Harte, Pete Chapman, and Andrew Castanheiro on National Signing Day.  Martin signed for University of Central Florida, Brian  and Sean  for Quincy University

Left: Hartford FC right back and MSC staffer Kyle Curinga on Hat/Hair Day - 2012

- All-out, Irreverant Fun: The pizza auction, team names, the Gopher Combine, "No Soup For You", The MSC Constitution, Theme Days, Guest Speakers, League Play, The Tournament, The Triple, Music, Old-School Soccer, Closing Ceremonies and the Awards, Camper Credentials, the Casa Marauder - This camp must be experienced to be truly understood, but suffice to say that for 38 years MSC has managed to keep the traditions alive!  Now based at Carrollwood Day School, MSC and Coach Harte continue a tradition of outstanding facilities that match the commitment to excellence that make MSC great: a belief in the fun and adventure of teaching and learning.

Below: Pepsi sponsors MSC 1995.

In The Beginning

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.  When Harte moved on to Carrollwood Day School in Tampa in 2012 MSC followed.  Where will the next edition of MSC take place?  It's too early to tell however wherever MSC goes all of its tradfitions and great staff will follow.

Camp Life

The goal of the camp has always been 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?"

Left: MSC circa 1984.  Back then  we were known as Tornado Soccer Camp at Transfiguration School in St. Petersburg.  Check out the cross bar...

Many of our customers remark that we out-pace 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 this takes place within an environment which allows each camper to realize their own potential and truly enjoy themselves. 

You Never Know Who Will Turn Up

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

Ben Mallue - Current Assistant Coach at Florida International University in Miami and former 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.   Zac has played over 130 MLS games.

Neill Collins - Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach and Scottish International.  Formerly played for Sheffield United, Sunderland, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wolves.  Neill was an Assistant Coach at Carrollwood Day School in 2017-18.

Left: Neill Collins and the MSC 2017 Session 3 camp.

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.  Kyle has played for RSL Monarchs in Utah and for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  Kyle now plays for Hartford Athletic of the USL

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

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 and CBS Sportsradio 1010. 

Coach Harte has been featured on 3 podcasts out of England:

-PE Umbrella #115

-Education on Fire #77

-Learning on Fire #17

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

Our camp web site - - 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 37 years.




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