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4th Annual College Night Recap

By Amy Snider - February 12, 2018

The 4th Annual Colorado Storm College Recruiting Night was a great success, and we thank everyone who took the time to learn more about the recruiting process.  We had over 200 Storm members, representing all four Colorado Storm regions, in attendance!  
The night began with recognition of the Storm Class of 2018 as we celebrated their college commitments and provided an example to the younger, college-bound athletes in the audience that there is a college fit for all our Storm players.  With over 60 players graduating from Storm to their respective college programs, we were proud to applaud their accomplishments and wish them luck in their future endeavors!
Following the Class of 2018 recognition, Dr. Rachel Frank was introduced as the evening's honored guest to give the opening remarks.  Dr. Frank is the co-medical director for Colorado Storm through UCHealth and the University of Colorado Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  She spoke of her experience as a NCAA Division I goalkeeper at the University of Illinois and shared the significant impact that collegiate athletics played in her personal and professional growth.
Once Dr. Frank finished her opening remarks, CAP Director Jeff Oleck took the participants through an interactive presentation about the "Do's and Don'ts of the College Recruiting Process".  This provided direction to the student-athletes, the parents, and also discussed the role that Colorado Storm plays in the recruiting process.  For a copy of the presentation, please visit the College Advisory Program (CAP) page on the Storm website to download a PDF version.
To conclude the evening, a panel of seven NCAA coaches participated in a Q&A with the audience, moderated by CAP Director Dave Kunitz.  Parents, players, and coaches were able to interact with these industry professionals and get their thoughts on specific elements of the recruiting process.  The guidance that these coaches provided to Storm players was invaluable and we greatly appreciate their participation.
Representing all three NCAA divisions, we were pleased to feature the following college coaches:
Kris Peat - University of Denver - NCAA DI
Hank Lewis - US Air Force Academy - NCAA DI
Sian Hudson - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - NCAA DII
Greg Mulholland - Colorado School of Mines - NCAA DII
Tracy Chao - Metropolitan State University - NCAA DII
Andy Kohel - Johnson & Wales University - NCAA DIII
Amanda Davis - Johnson & Wales University - NCAA DIII
We thank all those who attended and are proud of the proactive steps you are taking in your own college search.  If you have any questions about what was discussed at the College Recruiting Night, please reach out to your regional CAP advisor.

Fort Collins
South and


College Signing Day

62 (and counting) extend careers into college

By Amy Snider - February 9, 2018

We are very proud of the effort of the athletes and their coaches and families for making it to the next level in their playing careers.  We will update this list and our photo gallery page as we continue to finalize our list over the coming months!

Colorado Storm CLASS OF 2018
Gabby MacDonald Colorado State University   D1 Business 18/19ecnl
Reagan McCombs University of Central Arkansas   D1 Pre-Dentistry 18/19ecnl
Savannah Warner University of Wyoming   D1 Pre-Med 18/19ecnl
Keelyn Osoba Air Force   D1 Military and Strategic Studies 18/19ecnl
Sam Studt Colorado State University   D1 Business 18/19ecnl
Morgan Szarka Creighton University   D1 PreLaw 18/19ecnl
Natalie Beckman Denver University   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Alesia Garcia University of New Mexico   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Camryn MacMillan Denver University   D1 Biological Science 18/19ecnl
Chaynee Kingsbury University of Colorado   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Jaelyn Hendren University of New Mexico   D1 Business/Marketing 18/19ecnl
Claire Huston Southeastern Louisana   D1 Psychology 18/19ecnl
LIndsi Jennings MIssissippi State University   D1 Criminology 18/19ecnl
Claire 'Scooter' Ross MIssissippi State University   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Emma Billings Johns Hopkins   D3 Biology/Medical Studies 18/19ecnl
Haley Onan University of Northern Colorado   D1 Psychology 18/19ecnl
McKenna Wilson University of Northern Colorado   D1 Business Administration 18/19ecnl
Fabiola Estrada University of Colorado Colorado Springs   D2 Chemistry 18/19ecnl
Ally Swain Colorado Mesa University   D2 Nursing 18/19ecnl
Hanna Chaja University of South Florida   D1 Geological Oceanography 18/19ecnl
Alexis Gaffney Valparasio   D1 Kinesiology 18/19ecnl
Emily Chamberlin Adams State University   D2   00Select
Drew Morrisey Doane University (NE)   NAIA   00Select
Cassidy Brown Avila University (MO)   NAIA   00Select
Katie Evans Fort Hays State University   D2   99Select
Eva Riggs Adams State University   D2   99Select
Kaitlyn Emmons West Virginia Wesleyan   D2 Psychology 99Select
Savannah Mills University of Colorado Colorado Springs   D2   99Select
Macy Boughn Clarke University (IA)   NAIA   CR
Jessica Rost University of Dubuque (IA)   D3   CR
Summer Hatch Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2   CR
Keaton Cloven     D3   CR
Megan Kowalis Southern Methodist University        
Kennedie Brumbelow NorthEastern Junior College   NJCAA   FC
Laramie Lake Western Nebraska Community College   NJCAA   FC
Maraia Rubin Gillete College   NJCAA   FC
Macy McKinney Neosho Community College (KS)   NJCAA   FC
Grant Disselkoen Dordt College (NB)   NAIA   FC
Blair Durant University of the Pacific   D1   FC
Kalen Niedling Univesity of Northern Colorado   D1 Speach Language Pathology North
Franchesska Ramirez Delaware State University   D1 Undecided North
Sabrina Bridwell Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2 Biology North
Erin Gibson Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2 Physical Therapy North
Porsche Nieto Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2 Nursing North
Miriam Caballero Metropolitain State University - Denver   D2 Political Science North
Holly Ciberay Midland University   NAIA Criminal Justice / Sociology North
Ashton Hall Mesa State University   D2 Elementary Education North
Rachel Boyle Adams State University   D2 Biology North
Taylor Wilpolt University of Colorado Colorado Springs   D2 Engineering North
Kayla Hruby Wheeling College   D2 Music North
Meghan Groom Fort Hays State University   D2 Nursing North
Madison Kemp Wayne State University   D2 Business North
Becca Jeambey Adams State University   D2 Nursing North
Chloe Cook Adams State University   D2 Business Management North
Emali Ortega Northeastern Junior College   JUCO Pre-Med North
Ashlee Minne Trinidad State University   JUCO Vet Science/Biology North
Hannah Day Trinidad State University   JUCO Undecided North
Trinity Patrick Millikin University   D3 Biology Pre-Med North
Catherine Klemp Illinois Tech   D3 Aerospace Engineering North
Daisia Knowles Finlandia University   D3 Psychology / Fasion North 

College Recruiting Night

Feb 8th at South High School

Amy Snider

Save the Date!  The 4th Annual Colorado Storm College Recruiting Night will be held on Thursday, February 8th at Denver South High School.  The presentation will begin at 7pm.
This annual gathering of Colorado Storm prospects, parents, and coaches will provide an in-depth look at the college recruiting process and how to best position oneself to be seen by college recruiters.  The format for the evening will include: a brief recognition of Storm's 2018 college commits, "Do's and Don'ts of the College Recruiting Process" presentation, discussion to help college-bound players understand the recruiting timeline, and open Q&A with a panel of current NCAA & NAIA coaches.
This event is free and open to any/all Storm players from any region.  It is strongly encouraged that 2004 and older players attend, as the recruiting process actively involves those age groups.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email your regional College Advisory Program (CAP) Director.  More information on Storm's CAP program can be found here:
For an updated list of college coaches who will be attending, please follow @coloradostorm_gk on Instagram.

For the Good of the Game in Uganda

Fields of Dreams Uganda

By Jeff Oleck - November 30, 2017

For me, December has always been a month to reflect, thank, and give.  This month I will take my second trip to Africa with Fields of Dreams Uganda - a non-profit organization that seeks to provide hope to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education.  I have been involved with this cause since 2012, and have served as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors since 2014.  My first trip to Uganda was in 2015 and since then I have been counting down the days until I get to return to this vibrant country.
The work of Fields of Dreams Uganda (FoDU) powerfully resonates with me as I am a firm believer in utilizing the platform I have had as a college coach and now a club director for bigger things than just teaching technique and tactics.  Sports provide an invaluable stage to learn camaraderie, teamwork, cooperation, perseverance, and hard work - to only name a few.  The children that we sponsor (over 6,000 in the Kampala and Gulu regions) live and breathe soccer.  Sport is a powerful outlet for them to escape the realities of their difficult day-to-day lives and to simply be kids!  And, they are in desperate need of structure and hope due to the devastating effects that civil war, the AIDS epidemic, and poverty have inflicted on their country.
During my 10 days in Uganda, our team will oversee the Hope Cup - a tournament sponsored by FoDU that brings in 32 teams across four age groups (U10, U12, U16, and U20) together for spirited competition.  Each age group will include one of our own FoDU teams as well as seven other clubs, academies, and orphanages who will be competing for the Hope Cup title.  Not only do we get to interact and coach these players on the field, but time off the field is even more impactful.  Engaging these young men and women in conversation about their upbringing, families (or lack thereof), challenges, and ambitions is by far the highlight of our time there.  There is so much hope and promise in these children, yet they come from so little.
Aside from the Hope Cup we will have a chance to visit several of our partner schools (we have nine total) and workshop with our Youth Council, which is a group of a dozen young men and women who have shown promise in our programs and serve as role models for our younger children.
Throughout my travels, I will be sending periodic updates and photos from Uganda in hopes to share the work being done and showcase the love of the "beautiful game" from across the globe.  If you are interested in learning more about the work that Fields of Dreams Uganda does, or how you can get involved, please visit
For the Good of the Game,
Coach O.

Nutrition for Athletes

A Guide to Off-Field Performance Influencers

By Jeff Oleck - October 10, 2017

Storm GKs & Families,

With the potential for lulls in training due to early winter weather, I wanted to share some information about how athletes can prepare even when they are AWAY from the field.  So, this blog steps away from the technical/tactical topics of the last few weeks and focus on Nutrition for Athletes.
As many of you know, prior to arriving at Storm in March 2016 I spent 10 years coaching at the collegiate level.  You cannot imagine a more challenging place to monitor and influence nutrition in an athlete.  Players are trying to juggle class, practices, social activities while living on a limited budget.  Quick, easy, and cheap were the name of the game.  Ramen noodles, mac and cheese, frozen pizzas, McDonald's breakfast, etc. etc. - the list of unhealthy choices went on and on...
The change for our college athletes began with education.  Knowing how the foods are used by their bodies, what their bodies require, and how to maintain variety and creativity with their diets so they don't get stuck eating the same things over and over was critical to their ability to make healthy, informed choices.  Many college programs are now hiring professional nutritionists and putting much more emphasis on the "fueling" component of performance because of the huge role it plays in student-athlete success.
The reality of athlete nutrition is that even though you may not be gaining or losing weight due to high metabolism at a younger age, or due to the amount of training that you do - maintaining a healthy balance of productive carbohydrates, lean proteins, colorful fruits & vegetables, dairy, and fats is essential to achieving maximal performance over time.
Additionally, when trying to reach the highest levels of sport - in our case, soccer - everyone at the top will be technically consistent, tactically savvy, mentally strong.  BUT, the physical elements of the game can be a deciding factor when differentiating between two elite level players.  Don't set yourself back due to what you eat - think of nutrition as "fuel" to power a high-performing machine (your body!).
Rather than pretending to be an expert in nutrition, I will let the professionals take it from here.  I have pasted a couple links which I have found useful when discussing nutrition with my former college student-athletes as well as attached a couple easy-to-read guides about what pre, post, and during season nutrition should look like.
"10 Nutrition Rules to Live By"
"Four Common Myths About Nutrition Among Soccer Players"

"What Every Athlete Should Know About Nutrition and Fueling Your Body"

I encourage all our Goalkeepers to be conscious of what they are using to fuel their bodies, and how their choices influence performance.  There's a bigger correlation than you may think.
Good luck in your games this weekend!
Coach O.