April 6, 2010

Bears' assistant, Milligan, selected to coach U.S. U-18 National Team

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GREELEY, Colo. -- The Northern Colorado women’s soccer coaching staff has gained some recognition after assistant coach BreeAnn Milligan was selected to the staff of the U.S U-18 Women’s National Team training camp.

Milligan, who has spent the last two years with the Bears and head coach Tim Barrera, will be reunited with the U-18 team’s head coach Dave Chesler. Milligan worked under Chesler as a staff coach for the Boise Capital Soccer Club before coming to Greeley. Chesler is currently Technical Director for the Snohomish Youth Soccer Club in Snohomish, Wash.

The camp, which kicks off on April 10 and runs through April 17, will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, home to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, and will feature some of the best young women’s soccer players in the nation. Among those taking part in the camp is sophomore goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, who has also played for the U-17 team this year. The camp also features a group of talented strikers in Michelle Cruz, Kealia Ohai, Courtney Procter, Katie Stengel, and Chioma Ubogagu.

The U-18 squad will face California-Irvine, the U.S. U-20 squad, and a W-league team during the camp. The young players will be looking to not only impress their own coaching staff, but also the U-20 National Team’s staff, led by Jill Ellis, and are fighting for a chance to play in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Milligan will also be joined by the head coach of the Auburn women’s soccer squad, Karen Hoppa, as an assistant at the camp.

Things began to fall into place for Milligan last summer when the U-18 National Team played an exhibition match at Jackson Stadium in Greeley. Chesler reconnected with Milligan at the game and invited her to work at the upcoming camp.

“I’m really glad Dave (Chesler) met up with Bree (Milligan) last summer,” Barrera said. “It’s a great opportunity for Bree to work with some of the best coaches and young players in the nation. It should be a great experience for her and really benefit our program”.

Milligan’s experience with the team will not only be a learning opportunity for her, but hopefully will give her a chance to connect with the best high school players in the nation and help give the Northern Colorado soccer program some publicity to help recruiting.

Milligan will leave for California as soon as the Bears finish up their spring scrimmages on Saturday at Regis University.