Valparaiso High School Holds Camp at The Woods
July 28, 2014
SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – This past week, the SMWC soccer staff welcomed the Valparaiso High School boys soccer team onto campus for a week of training. It was the third time that Valparaiso has visited The Woods for what head coach, Danny Jeftich called “A unique experience where the main focus is team bonding.”
This past week, July 21-25, was the third time that the Valparaiso boys’ soccer team has visited SMWC. Coach Danny Jeftich also brought his team to SMWC in 2010 and 2011. However, this camp was the first visit to SMWC for all 19 members of the team and both SMWC head coach Mike Aycock and coach Danny Jeftich feel as if it was a valuable experience.
“This was a very good group for learning,” said coach Aycock. “This team is young, but they are very good learners. They were productive all week, and I feel that we were able to provide them with an experience that they can’t get anywhere else. It was great to get these guys in this kind of environment where they can try new things and improve.”
Coach Danny Jeftich, like coach Aycock, was very pleased with the camp experience. “It’s a unique experience. We needed to focus and concentrate. The boys gave up their social lives to be here for the unity of the team. They left all of their electronics at home in order to be here for each other. The main focus for us during this time was team bonding, and we couldn’t have asked for a better facility and environment.”
The five day camp consisted of training sessions, team bonding activities, and scrimmages. The camp gave the team an excellent opportunity to test their skills in scrimmages against Terre Haute North and South, which was one aspect of this camp that made it so unique.
Danny Jeftich is no stranger to the SMWC coaching staff as he has known head coach Mike Aycock for over 25 years and his son, Jovan Jeftich, serves as an assistant coach at SMWC. Both coach Aycock and coach Danny Jeftich are members of the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame. Coach Aycock was inducted in 2011 and coach Jeftich was inducted in 2013.
While the camp was a top-notch experience for the team, it was also an opportunity for father and son to grow together as coaches. “It was a special time to come out here and spend time with him.” Said Jovan Jeftich, when asked about being able to run a camp with his father. “It’s great to watch his coaching style and techniques. This camp gave me a great opportunity to not just spend time with my dad, but to also learn from him.”
There’s no question that his father is a great person to learn from. As a head coach, in his 25th year, at Valparaiso High School he has accumulated a 290-92-32 record. He has led Valparaiso to 12 Duneland Athletic Conference Championships, 10 sectional titles, five regional titles, three semi-state championships, and one state title. As a player, Danny Jeftich had stints with the Regional Olympic Team, the Fort Wayne Stars, and the San Diego Sockers of the NASL. The father-son duo also share an alma mater in The University of Saint Francis where both played collegiate soccer.
Danny Jeftich shares his son’s sentiments on being able to spend a week coaching together. “Being here with my son was great. He was a former player of mine and now he is a coach! I am very proud of him.”
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