Soccer Camp Testimonials


"I had the pleasure of attending the camp last summer, and had a great experience. It was extremely well organized, there was a lot of very good competition, and it gave me a great impression of the coaches abilities and soccer knowledge. I was introduced to college coaching and expectations of D1 prospects, which helped me improve on certain aspects of my game. In addition to soccer, I really enjoyed the beautiful campus and atmosphere all around. It's a great opportunity for any serious college prospect."

"Going to the Loyola camp provided a great opportunity to work and familiarize myself with the coaching staff. I enjoyed staying in the dorms and living on campus for a few days. The camp was a lot of fun and something I would highly recommend to anybody with aspirations of playing division 1 soccer."

"Staying over night was such a great experience at Loyola. Hanging with the guys, eating delicious food, and playing with well rounded players was a true experience for me. The staff was awesome and throughout the camp sessions on the soccer field, you guys went through technical and tactical movements that are met at the college level. I had a great time with the campers and current players."


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Womens Camp Staff

Head Coach – Barry Bimbi

Associate Head Coach – Kirsten Lawrence

Assistant Coach – Tom Paparounis

Women's Head Coach – Barry Bimbi

barry-bimbiCoach Bimbi on Importance of Camps: “Camps are so big in the recruiting process, not only do we as coaches get to meet and work with the players, but they get to see our beautiful campus, learn our coaching style and get to meet our players.”

Barry Bimbi enters his fourth year as the women's soccer head coach at Loyola University Chicago, and has the Ramblers poised to become a contending team as they enter the Missouri Valley Conference.

In his first season at Loyola in 2011, Bimbi coached the Ramblers to a 6-10-3 overall record and helped mold Jessie Hubly into a Second Team All-Horizon League selection, while Valerie Gonyo and Moriah Schwarz were chosen to the All-Newcomer Team. Last year, Bimbi's squad also excelled in the classroom, posting a cumulative 3.46 grade-point average in the fall and 3.58 mark in the spring. Bimbi also stresses the importance of giving back to the Loyola and surrounding community and last year, the program earned the Horizon League Community Outreach Award.

Under Bimbi's tutelage last season, Loyola posted an 8-9-3 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament. Hubly wrapped up her Loyola career by being named a First Team All-Horizon League selection, while Gonyo was joined on the second team by senior Chelsie Stokes. Freshman Mariah Vichich went on to be named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Loyola's success in the classroom continued as well. The team ranked 20th out of 323 Division I women's soccer programs in the country, collecting a 3.52 grade point average en route to being recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the College Team Academic Award.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Bimbi spent four seasons (2007-2010) as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the program's recruiting coordinator and was in charge of player development. In each of his last seasons there, the Panthers developed an All-Big East Rookie Team player, marking the only two occasions in program history that accomplishment has occurred.

In 2009, Pitt finished with an 8-5-5 overall record during a breakthrough season in which the Panthers received their first-ever national ranking by Soccer America, checking in at No. 25 in September. Bimbi helped the team earn victories over nationally ranked teams such as Ohio State and Connecticut as well as earning ties against Notre Dame, which eventually reached the NCAA Final Four.

Prior to his time at Pittsburgh, Bimbi served as an assistant coach on the men's soccer staff at Marquette University and in 2002, helped the Golden Eagles to a 10-8-1 ledger. During his four-year stay at Marquette, Bimbi mentored 10 total All-Conference USA selections and helped recruit a pair of National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-Americans. While at Marquette, he served as the program's recruiting coordinator, oversaw player development and coordinated academic activities.

Bimbi began his coaching career at his alma mater, spending six seasons at Saint Francis (Pa.), as an assistant on the men's staff. There, he helped lead the Red Flash to the program's first-ever back-to-back winning records in Northeast Conference play and aided in the recruitment of four academic All-Americans.

Bimbi has also coached several Olympic Development teams and earned his USSF "A" license in 2005.

A 1994 graduate of Saint Francis (Pa.), Bimbi earned four All-Northeast Conference honors as a player, including first team recognition as a junior. He led the conference in scoring as a freshman and was a three-time team captain. In February, 2011 Bimbi was inducted into the Saint Francis (Pa.) Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bimbi and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of a son, Amedeo, and daughter, Lena.

Women's Associate Head Coach – Kirsten Lawrence

kirsten-lawrenceKirsten Lawrence is in her fourth season as an assistant at Loyola University Chicago. Lawrence is no stranger to fourth-year Loyola head coach Barry Bimbi since both individuals served as assistant coaches on the Pittsburgh staff together from 2007-2010. The Aberdeen, Scotland native helped the Panthers to their first-ever Top 25 ranking during the 2009 campaign.

At Pittsburgh, Lawrence's work was instrumental in the 2009 squad posting the first-ever winning season in program history as the Panthers finished with an 8-5-5 overall record and established a school record with 10 shutouts. During her three seasons on the Pitt staff, Lawrence helped produce five All-Big East Conference honorees and the 2009 squad was the 14th-most improved NCAA Division I team in the country.

Prior to her three-year stay at Pittsburgh, Lawrence was an assistant coach at Campbell University from 2006-08. In two seasons coaching soccer at Campbell, a total of 21 players earned Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic honors. During the 2005-06 season, she filled the role of graduate assistant swimming coach at Campbell.

Lawrence, who was a member of the Scottish U19 team in 2001 and 2002, holds a USSF National "B" Coaching License, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, a NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma and a Scottish Football Association Early Touches coaching license.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Lawrence also owns a master's degree from Campbell.

Women's Assistant Coach – Tom Paparounis

tom-paparounisTom Paparounis is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer program. He works with the goalkeepers.

An accomplished goalkeepers coach, Paparounis also serves as a coach for United Soccer Academy Chicago and the Hawks Soccer Club. During the 2010 season, he was an assistant coach at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., and he has also honed his craft as a goalkeeping coach for North Texas Olympic Development Program and at KeeperZone, Inc., in Dallas.

Paparounis graduated from Salisbury University in 2003 after a successful playing career where he was a First Team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection in 2001 and helped the Sea Gulls to three conference championships, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a staggering 64-13-4 (.814) record during his four-year career.

Following his collegiate playing career, Paparounis played for the Carolina Dynamo in Division 2 of the USL in 2003, then spent three seasons with the Dallas-Fort Worth Tornados in USL-PDL.

He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "D" Coaching License and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeper Level 1 and 2 License.

Boys Camp Staff

Head Coach – Neil Jones



Men's Head Coach – Neil Jones

neil-jonesCoach Jones on Camps: “The Loyola Soccer Camps are a vital part of our recruiting process. Our camp programs allow each player to come and experience Loyola University Chicago, and get a feel for the Men's Soccer program in it's entirety. We put the players through sessions that mimic the level of college soccer, and give them the opportunity to experience a high intensity soccer environment in which we hope they thrive. For myself and our staff, it also gives us an opportunity to explore each players' personality and character, which are often as important as a players soccer ability. A number of our current players have been through the Loyola Camp program, and we want to continue to find future Ramblers through these camps.”

Neil Jones just completed his first season as Head Coach of the Ramblers. He led the team to an appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in the school’s first season as a member of the conference. He helped mold Brian Bement and Ryan Howe into two of the upcoming players in the Missouri Valley. The Ramblers were also awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for having a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.17, an honor received by only four Valley institutions.

Jones spent three years as head coach Tim Lenahan's right-hand man at Northwestern and helped the Wildcats to a pair of NCAA appearances, including a run to the Sweet Sixteen this fall. During his three seasons on Lenahan's staff at Northwestern, the Wildcats compiled a 32-19-11 (.605) record, posted an Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1000, and earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Team for having a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Prior to his arrival in the Midwest, Jones spent four years as an assistant men's soccer coach at his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara, where he helped the Gauchos win 68 percent (57-23-12) of their matches and advance to four NCAA Tournaments including winning the National Championship in 2006.

As a student-athlete at UCSB, Jones was a four-year starter and two-time team captain for a program that finished as the 2004 NCAA Runner-Up after falling to Indiana University on penalty kicks. A two-time All-Big West Conference selection, the center back/striker, who racked up 28 goals and 16 assists in his career, was a Academic All-American and was tabbed 2003 Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A 2004 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Jones also owns a master's degree from UCSB. He holds an "A" license from the United State Soccer Federation (USSF).

Michael Mauro - Assistant Coach, Loyola University

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Michael Mauro, a former goalkeeper at the University of Louisville, begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Loyola University Chicago men's soccer team, and will work primarily as the goalkeeper coach.

Mauro, a member of Louisville's 2010 national runner-up team, arrives to Loyola after a successful two-year stint at Colgate University. During his final season with the Raiders, he helped guide the team to become the Patriot League Regular Season Champions. This group also included the Patriot League Coach of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

Jeff DeGroot - Assistant Coach, Loyola University

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Jeff DeGroot, joins the Loyola University Chicago men's soccer staff in his first year after three successful year at the University of Chicago. While at UChicago, he helped to guide the team to back to back NCAA postseason appearances

DeGroot played collegiate soccer at DePaul University and was part of the 2007 squad that won the Big East Conference and qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament. After college, he played for teams such as the Dayton Dutch Lions, Indiana Invaders, Ela Elite and Bridges FC.