In Berkshire County Wilderness, Maggie Bodington Finding Some Career Direction

In Berkshire County Wilderness, Maggie Bodington Finding Some Career Direction

In her own words: “For the second summer in a row I am coaching for seven weeks and serving as a cabin counselor at a soccer camp in the middle of nowhere in Otis, MA by the name of The Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls. BSA is a camp that is advertised as a soccer camp mixed with the aspects of a traditional summer camp.

My days revolve around soccer, which is the best place for me to be! It's so cool being able to impose my love of the game onto younger players, and not only grow as a player, with playing with the other talented assistant and head coaches, while growing as a coach too! It's a place that has really shown me that working with kids is something that I really would want to do. I am passing along my love for the game of soccer to girls between the ages of 9 and 15. The campers experience not only soccer sessions but also get to have elective sessions, too, where they can choose between a few different activities, like arts and crafts, and outdoor adventure, for instance.  

Recently, we had Team First come in and take over camp for a few days.  What this means is that I got the opportunity to coach and play with the legends of U.S. Women's Soccer: Mia Hamm, Kristine Lily and Tisha Venturini.  I honestly could not tell you what's cooler, coaching with them or being able to play pickup with them!  Also visiting the camp this summer were  

pro players Yael Averbuch from the US women’s national soccer team and FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Rose Lavelle from the US U-23 women’s national soccer team and NWSL’s Boston Breakers.”

Last fall at Eastern: The upcoming senior soccer player and Education major from Stratford followed up sophomore All-America honors by earning a spot on the NSCAA second-team All-New England Region team. The three-year starter was an All-LEC first-team defender for the third straight year, achieved LEC All-Academic honors for the second straight year and won an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in her first year of eligibility. She helped the team win its second straight outright LEC regular-season championship with an undefeated regular-season conference record for the second straight year. With three assists giving her 15 for her career, Maggie needs two helpers to move into the all-time Top 10 in that category.