The Director

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton
Camp Director

Mark Hamilton began playing soccer as a youth with the Shelby Utica Soccer Association (S.U.S.A). He played club soccer with some of Metro Detroit's top club soccer teams, winning numerous State and Regional Championships. In 1979 he was selected to tryout for a position on the USA Olympic team. 

Mark attended Macomb College where he earned All-State and All-Region honors. His freshman year Macomb went to the National Championships and finished 8th in the country. Hamilton also attended Oakland University, one of the Midwest's most successful soccer programs, where he served as a captain and earned All-State and All-Region honors and was selected to play in the prestigious NSCAA Senior Bowl. Mark still holds numerous Oakland University school records. 

Mark was the first American to play Scottish Junior Professional soccer, spending a season with Largs Thistle F.C. He had professional trails with several Scottish First Division professional teams before returning to the U.S.A. to continue his dream of playing professional soccer. Mark had unsuccessful trails with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the Miami Toros and returned to Detroit where he spent a short time with the Detroit Express of the A.S.L. 

Soon after Mark retired from competitive soccer and began a career in coaching. He started his coaching career at the high school level where he coached several metropolitan Detroit high school teams. He has since coached at the collegiate level with Macomb College, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University. Mark has also coached at the professional level with the Detroit Wheels and the Detroit Dynamite. 

He is also the Director of Coaching for the Michigan Goalkeeper Academy. Mark has been involved with the MSYSA's Olympic Deveolpment Program since 1992 and has also served as the MSYSA's State Goalkeeper Coach. 

Coach Hamilton has served as MSYSA District Developmental Coach (D.D.C.), a MSYSA coaches education staff coach and a MSYSA O.D.P. staff coach. Coach Hamilton holds a USSF B License, USYSA National Youth license and NSCAA Goalkeeper Institute License.