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.
the years that you'd like to review the
evolving story of the camp and it's
1979-1990 1991-2000 2001-2007
MSC: a Tampa Bay Fixture...
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
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,
Above: Making players better at MSC circa
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
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
Below: a typical break-time scene at MSC
former camper, current Stetson University
star, and future doctor Erin Avers poses
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),
Noah Nixon (Pine
Manor College), Aaron Spencer (CDS), Justin Nguyen
(Robinson HS IB),
Stuart Robertson (Partick
Shane O'Connor (CDS Strength and
Matt Thomas (US Marine
Corps). Front Row - Gophers Chase
Sing, Alec Karmen, Aidan Ragan, Arianna
Luke Nugent (Clearwater
Chargers DA), Jack Pironti (CDS,
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.
Geoff "Wildman" Wiley plays soccer golf in
1984. Right: Rowdies player Frankie
Sanfilippo (back row, big smile) drops in on
the 2015 camp.
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.
is a unique convergence of serious soccer,
quality teaching, and all-out, irreverent
soccer: Technical training that leads to
confidence on the ball; Tactical awareness
that leads to good decision-making on the
that will work the players and make them
an open-minded frame of mind that leads to
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
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
Hartford FC right back and MSC staffer Kyle Curinga
on Hat/Hair Day - 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
Know Who Will Turn Up
Over the years the following
have been guest speakers or staff members at
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.
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.
has played over 130 MLS games.
- 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
Left: Neill Collins and the MSC 2017 Session
- 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
Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Kyle now plays for
Hartford Athletic of
- Tampa Bay
- 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
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.
- 1991 British Bodybuilding Champion and
the author of "The Pocket Life Coach"
Youth Development Director
for Norwich City FC, England
Hulk Hogan - World renowned
professional wrestler and TV/movie star
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:
on Fire #77
on Fire #17
(Gumby) and his 2012 Session 2 League and
Tournament Championship team.
Our camp web site -
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
Over the years we have
been sponsored by Adidas, Nike, Lotto,
Allen's Sports, Coke, Pepsi, All-Sport, and
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.