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The SMIA coaching staff is a highly advanced professional training staff specializing in all aspects of the game.
Aleks Mihailovic is as good a clinician as I have ever worked with. He took what we had identified as our weaknesses (building an attack out of the back; defending against a superior midfield, etc.) and designed training sessions for our team. We carried many of those sessions into the oncoming seasons as well. We still run the best corner kick in high school soccer, drawn up for us by. We owe Aleks a huge bit of gratitude for what he has done for Saint Thomas Aquinas soccer.
NSCAA National Girls Coach of the Year, 1995 and 2005, National Boys Coach of the Year, 2009; NSCAA National Boys Champions the Fall of 1994 and 2009; NSCAA Girls’ runner-up in Spring of 2005
I have had the pleasure of interacting with SMIA for the last couple of years thru clinics, coaching courses, and personal time spent with the staff. I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism, knowledge, and passion each member possesses. Their genuine love of soccer and people come out in their actions on and off the field. I have seen a distinct difference in the technical and tactical abilities of the children whom have attended the SMIA soccer camps. Perhaps more importantly I have noticed players confidence levels soar as a direct result of the instruction and continued support received from the SMIA Staff. The coaching courses and materials have proven to be an extremely valuable tool for all of the coaches I work with. The Coaches now have a much greater understanding of core soccer principles and teaching techniques. I have seen a direct impact on the quality of soccer being played as a result of the SMIA coaching clinics as well. I attribute this to not only the material covered but also to the ability of Aleks to teach . I feel blessed to have had the opportunities to watch and learn from Aleks and his staff. Their passion and caring have been both inspiring and contagious.
Thank you SMIA,
Fernandina Beach High School
We were looking for a camp in the US to attend for training and an honest assessment of our daughter. We came across Aleks Mihailovic and SMIA. After speaking with Aleks and discussion as a family, we decided to attend the SMIA Residential Camp in Yorkville, Illinois. Our daughter was a member of our Provincial Soccer Program and also plays at a Premier level. Naturally, she was a bit hesitant, but once the camp started we were amazed at the professionalism, level of training and enjoyment that was provided at the camp. It was a very positive experience all-round. Our daughter returned back home with a new love for the game and the training she received provided her with the confidence, knowledge and ability to assist her team in winning our City and Provincial Championship tournaments. “It was the best camp ever!” Their success resulted in her team going to the National Championship Tournament. Near the end of the outdoor season our daughter was also recognized and invited into the Regional & National Training Centres in Canada.
Aleks, you have a special way of working with the players and assisting them in gaining as much success as possible. Your camp was a tremendously positive experience that our daughter will cherish for a lifetime. We highly recommend your training experience to anyone interested in progressing their ability, love for the game and the desire to achieve heights never imagined.
Keep up the fantastic work and we hope to be involved in another camp very soon.
Katrina & Rick