Rob Alman
Co-Camp Director
6th Year
Coach Alman is the Co-Head Coach of the Butler University Soccer Program. In addition to his time with the Bulldogs, Coach Alman brings 12 years of coaching experience working with players across the full spectrum of youth, college, post collegiate and professional ranks. A native of Leicester, England, Alman’s playing career included time with two professional clubs in England – Northampton Town and Kidderminster Harriers. Coach Alman holds the US Soccer A License and the NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.
“Being a part of the Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp is such a thrill for me. Having the opportunity to work with a staff that is so committed to providing a fun experience for the players is great. And the campers keep me laughing during what is a great week of learning, improving their soccer skills and building long lasting friendships.”
Tari St. John
Co-Camp Director
13th Year
Coach St. John is the Co-Head Coach of the Butler University Women’s Soccer Program. Now in the nationally renowned Big East Conference, St. John and Co-Head Coach Alman have lead the Bulldog’s to two of the finest seasons in school history in 2012 and 2013. With 9 returning starters, the team looks poised to continue their success this fall. Coach St. John played her college career at Purdue University. A two-year captain for the Boilers, she earned Academic All-American honors in her senior season. Coach St. John holds the US Soccer A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.
“There are two main goals we strive to achieve with every player at camp. One, provide each player with the tools to become a better player and two, provide such a positive camp experience that each player’s love for the game grows even more.”
Ric Huffman
Camp Coordinator
7th Year
Coach Huffman is the Butler Soccer Program’s top assistant and has been a part of building a championship team alongside Coach Alman and Coach St. John. Huffman played his college career at 8-time National Champion Indiana University. He also played several years of professional soccer with the Indianapolis Twisters. Coach Huffman holds the US Soccer B License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.
“Camp is one of the highlights of my year. To have the opportunity to work with so many youth soccer players is a privilege. Indianapolis has such a great foundation of youth programs, we get excited every summer to see kids come back year after year with energy and excitement towards the game. Our aim is to fuel that energy and keep the kids passionate about the sport we love.”
Mark Spiegel
Director of Fun & 4v4 Tournament Director
3rd Year
Mark Spiegel is proudly from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Spiegel played at Butler University as a center-mid and earned a degree in English and Secondary Education. Mark is the Academy Director at South Central Soccer Academy on the south side of Indianapolis and is the founder of the 501c3 nonprofit Make Your Own Ball Day. Spiegel was chosen to be apart of the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program for young coaches and is involved in presenting and lecturing at the national convention. Other achievements: 2-time Table Top Champion, eight 14’ers climbed, undefeated in Scrabble and qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon. Spiegel is passionate about using soccer as a platform for change and serves locally through Young Life, Capernaum and ballin’ at the center.
“I am so impressed with Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp. Kids are celebrated, soccer is taught and played and the coaches are engaged and get on the same level as the players. Also I am a sucker for face paint and balloon animals so that was game, set, match for me!”
Jeremy Harkins
Camp Staff
6th Year
As a former playmaking center-mid for the Bulldogs, Coach Jeremy had a standout career earning All-Conference and All-Region honors. He continued his playing career at professional programs Cincinnati Riverhawks, Boarder Stars and Detroit Dynamite. He is the current Director of Coaching for the Michigan Gators and has over 19 years of coaching experience. Coach Jeremy holds the US Soccer C License.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to be a coach at a camp where tradition is blended with modern innovation to create the ultimate youth soccer experience. Butler University and its soccer program played key roles in my development as a person and an athlete. I am truly honored to be able to give back to the school and community that gave so much to me. “
Mo el-Mohammed
Camp Staff
9th Year
Mo el-Mohammed is no stranger to Butler soccer and club soccer in Indiana. He was a member of Conference Champion and NCAA tournament teams while a student athlete at Butler. Additionally he has enjoyed a number of successes while coaching at the club level.
“I no longer reside in Indianapolis but I’m always eager to return to participate in this soccer camp. It combines everything that I have known to be true about this community with enthuiastic coaches and aspiring youth players. The Butler Soccer experience is one of a kind and I am happy to do my part.”
Wes Priest
Camp Staff
9th Year
Wes has a long history with the Butler University Soccer Program. In 1991, he served as the Butler Men’s Assistant Coach, and in 1993, was the Butler Women’s Assistant coach. Wes played collegiately at Indiana University where he was a member of IU’s 1988 NCAA National Championship Team. Wes holds the US Soccer B License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
“I believe that young soccer players thrive when they are in supportive and caring environments, and Butler Soccer Camp has the staff and facilities to offer just an outstanding camp experience.”
Jeff “Hodgie” Hodgson
Camp Staff
6th Year
Jeff is a former professional player with the Detroit Rockers and a former college stand-out at Western Michigan University. With the aid of his partner John Phillips, Jeff created the “Michigan Gators” soccer club after his playing career ended. Hodgson is a high profile coach, gaining a position on the Michigan ODP staff. Hodgson is known for being one of the great teachers of the game.
“It’s a joy to come back every year to be a part of this special camp. The game of soccer has meant so much to me in my life and I love having the opportunity to share that with all the Butler Bulldog Soccer campers.”
Erwin van Bennekom
Camp Staff
4th Year
A native of the Netherlands, Erwin moved to the US in 2005. Following a playing career that included stops at Sparta Rotterdam in Holland and the North Carolina Railhawks of the USL, Erwin has gone on to enjoy great success coaching numerous youth teams and also at the D1 collegiate level. Erwin is currently the Assistant Coach at the University of Alabama. Erwin holds the US Soccer B and UEFA B License.
“I love coming back to Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp each summer because of the truly unique atmosphere that is created. I relish being part of a camp that is 100% centered around the enjoyment and experience of the campers. Lots of great friendships and memories are created and being involved in a camp with such great traditions is very fulfilling.”
Tim Verschuren
Camp Staff
4th Year
Tim currently resides in New Jersey and works as a Division 1 assistant coach for New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition to his duties at the collegiate level, Tim coaches various youth teams for the Morris United / STA club. A native of the Netherlands, Tim currently holds the US Soccer B License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
“The experienced coaching staff and wonderful facilities are just a small part of what makes this camp a pleasure. The campers bring with them excitement and a desire to learn to the fields each day; this completes the learning environment and is a constant reminder that coaching at this camp will always be a highlight of my summer.”
Dean Slaughter
Camp Staff
4th Year
A native of Windsor, England, Dean is a former youth team coach with English professional clubs Wycombe Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers. Dean began coaching in the US in 2006 and has been a prominent coaching figure in New Jersey, working with some of the highest ranked youth teams in the region and also winning a State Championship with Millburn High School in 2010.
“The Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp is simply one of the best camp experiences any player can hope for. The excitement of the campers and their desire to learn about the game blend perfectly with the enthusiasm of the coaching staff and the personalized attention they enjoy providing.”
Tom Markey
Camp Staff
3rd Year
The Indianapolis-native played three seasons at South Florida, including playing in the Elite 8 in 2008. He returned to the Hoosier State in 2010 and earned his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from USF in 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Since graduating, Markey has remained involved in club coaching, working with the Louisville Soccer Alliance, Noblesville United and Dynamo FC. Tom is also the Indianapolis coordinator for Top Soccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. Tom holds the US Soccer ‘E’ License.
“The Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp, in my opinion, is an unparalleled experience for young players. Campers are exposed to new and creative ways to approach the game creating excitement and friendly competition among campers. It is an infectious atmosphere to be around. Being a part of the Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp is an absolute joy!”