Assoc. Head Coach/VIP Camp Director - Jeff Oleck
Crusader alum Jeff Oleck is entering his fourth season as part of the Valparaiso men's soccer coaching staff, and is in his first year as associate head coach. Oleck assists in all aspects of on-field training and works directly with the Crusader goalkeepers. In addition, he assists with the Crusaders’ recruiting efforts and also works as the academic and compliance coordinator for the athletes.
Oleck helped guide the Crusaders to the Horizon League regular season championship in 2011 as Valpo posted its best defensive season in school history, surrendering just 14 goals in 20 games. Between the pipes, Oleck trained Kyle Zobeck as he set new program single-season records for goals against average and shutouts en route to earning Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year accolades, as well as being named First Team All-Horizon League and NSCAA Third Team All-Midwest Region.
Oleck's three seasons have all been winning seasons, as during his time, the Crusaders have posted three of the top four defensive seasons in program history. He helped train Ryan Schwarz as he earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors from the Horizon League in 2009, while under his tutelage, Zobeck and Schwarz sit 1-2 in program history in career goals against average and shutouts.
Prior to returning to the Crusader pitch, Oleck spent three years as an assistant coach, focusing on working with the goalkeepers, and recruiting coordinator at Wabash College. In his time at Wabash, he helped coach nine All-NCAC selections and shaped the Little Giants defense with his goalkeeping expertise, as the team sliced over half a goal off its goals against average during Oleck’s time there.
Oleck has also gained significant coaching experience outside the collegiate realm. He has previously served as the Senior Program Director of Coaching for Northwest Indiana United F.C., a premier soccer club based out of Chesterton, Ind. He now serves as NWI United's goalkeeper trainer, and is also an assistant coach with the 95 Girl's Midwest Regional League team. He is the Indiana Olympic Development Program (ODP) goalkeeper coach and has worked with various other camps and clinics such as the Indiana Goalkeeper Academy, Indiana Soccer Camp, and Valpo VIP Camp. In addition, Oleck was the head coach for the Dynamo U16 boys squad in 2008 which won the Indiana Soccer League and qualified for the State Cup quarterfinals. He also guided the Dynamo U15 squad to CIYSL and Challenge Cup titles in 2007.
A four-year starter in the net for the Crusaders, Oleck earned Second Team All-Mid-Continent Conference honors in 2005 after a season in which he registered a 1.71 goals against average, then third-lowest in program history, and five shutouts, then second-most in a single season all-time at Valpo. He ended his four-year career with a school-record 14 shutouts and a 2.05 GAA, then second-lowest in program history. He also tallied 345 saves in goal for his career, second-most all-time at Valpo and third in Mid-Con history.
Oleck graduated from Valparaiso in 2006 with a degree in biology, along with a business administration minor. He also earned a master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso. He holds his NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma and the USSF National “A” License.
Jeff can be reached regarding VIP Camp questions via email at email@example.com or by phone at (219) 464-5059
Assistant Varsity, Head Reserve Coach - Steve Shively
Steve Shively is in his second season as a member of the Valparaiso men's soccer coaching staff in 2012, serving as an assistant coach, as well as the head coach of the Crusaders' reserve program. Before returning to Valpo, Shively spent 2010 as an assistant coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.
Steve can be reached regarding VIP Camp questions via email at Steve.Shively@valpo.edu
Graduate Assistant Coach - JJ Del Castillo
J.J. Del Castillo is in his second season as a member of the Valparaiso men's soccer staff, serving as director of soccer operations this year after spending 2011 as a graduate assistant. He returned to Valparaiso after most recently playing professionally at Atlante F.C. in his native Mexico.
JJ can be reached regarding VIP Camp questions via email at JJDelCastillo@valpo.edu
Volunteer Assistant Coach - Brendan Roth
Brendan Roth joins the Crusader men's soccer staff this season as a volunteer assistant coach after concluding his career in the Valpo uniform in 2011.
Brendan can be reached regarding VIP Camp questions via email at Brendan.Roth@valpo.edu
Athletic Trainer - Andrew Ure, ATC
The athletic training room, located in the Athletics-Recreation Center, is available to all student-athletes to help treat injuries, go through rehabilitation, as well as prevention of mishaps throughout their careers with Valparaiso University.
With a staff of four full-time athletic trainers that are fully certified, as well as three graduate assistants, and several student aids, the training room opens daily at 7:30 a.m. and remains available throughout most of the day and into early evening.
The room contains the latest in treatment and rehab modalities, including a new infrared system designed to treat tendon injuries. The staff works closely with the doctors and rehabilitation personnel at Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute, Porter Memorial Hospital, and the Valparaiso University Health Center.
Additional Camp Staff Information: Under the leadership of Valparaiso University Head Soccer Coach Mike Avery and Associate Head Coach and VIP Director Jeff Oleck, the 2013 Soccer VIP Staff may feature other current college head and assistant coaches.
Previous attendees at VIP Day Camps:
David Stroud - St Joseph's College (NCAA Division II)
Rich Nassif - Benedictine College (NCAA Division III)
David Bokhart - Indiana Tech (NAIA)
Darren Gallagher - Ancilla College (NJCAA)
Chad Riley - Dartmouth University (formerly University of Notre Dame)