- April 30, 2013
Former Flagler Palm Coast soccer player Nate Monsanto remembers how much fun he had attending college soccer camps when he was a kid.
Now, as an assistant coach at Stetson University, Monsanto is helping to run the Stetson men’s soccer camps this summer. The weeklong camps for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 are scheduled for June 5-9 and July 10-14, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
“When I used to go to those camps, it was a lot of fun meeting other young players and getting a chance to see nice campuses,” he said.
Monsanto is beginning his first year as a full-time Stetson men’s soccer assistant coach, he said. He played for the Hatters from 2015 to 2018. A year ago, he played for Valley United FC of the Independent Soccer Association.
Coaching soccer, as much as playing, runs in his family. His grandfather played for the Suriname National Team and started coaching after moving to New York.
His father, Reg Monsanto, played goalkeeper for Queens College, was FPC’s head coach and is now an assistant coach at Matanzas High. Nate’s brother, Nick, coaches Jacksonville Football Club (JFC) teams in the MLS Next youth league.
This is Nate Monsanto’s ninth year as a player, volunteer assistant or assistant coach with Stetson. The camps are for all skill levels of players, he said, from newcomers to the sport to players with club experience. Campers will be paired with Stetson coaches and some of the team’s players.
“We want to create a bond with Stetson and the community,” Monsanto said.
For more information on the camps, go to stetsonmenssoccercamps.totalcamps.com.