Soccer camp returns

By Kevin Eckleberry

June 28, 2014

While Jeff Geeter looked around and observed, one of his instructors was being chased across the field by a horde of youngsters, another one was enthusiastically leading the younger children in a game, and some of the older campers were being schooled in the finer points of the game by a successful high-school coach.

For Geeter, everything was as it should be.

The 24th Jeff Geeter soccer camp was held last week, and as always, he relied heavily on his group of instructors to keep things running smoothly.

“It’s like every year. They do such a great job,” Geeter said.

Geeter offered his first youth soccer camp in the summer of 1991, shortly after he’d become the men’s soccer coach at LaGrange College.

He has held the camp every year since then, and he’ll continue to do it even though he’s not coaching soccer at the school anymore.

Geeter, who at times has coached the men’s and women’s teams at LaGrange College, was named the school’s strength and conditioning coordinator last fall.

Geeter loves the chance to get out on the field with the young players, and he also enjoys seeing how the college players interact with the campers.

“The kids, they react so well to the college kids, especially the little ones,” Geeter said.

Among the instructors lending a hand was Rebecca Rensenhouse, a Troup High graduate who is heading into her sophomore season on the LaGrange College women’s team.

“Her and her brothers and sisters came (to the camp) for years,” Geeter said.

LaGrange High graduate Kevin Folsom, who just completed his fourth and final year on the men’s team, also helped out.

Also working as instructors during the week were some former LaGrange College players who are now coaching, including Jase Crenshaw, the head girls’ soccer coach at Troup High.

Akina Omae (LaGrange Academy) and Harry Hinson (LaGrange High), who both played at the college, also served as camp instructors, as did Keita Placide, the head coach at LaGrange High.

Those instructors worked with the more than 70 boys and girls that came out during the week to work on their soccer skills.

“It’s gone really well,” Geeter said. “It’s a good bunch of kids. We haven’t had any problems. Like always, there are varying degrees (of skill.). I’ve really been impressed with how hard they’ve worked.”