Steve Griggs is in his 29th year as Director of the FC Sarum Soccer Camp. From 1978 - 1995 he was the Head coach of men's soccer at Yale University. He remains the winningest coach in the 109-year history of Yale soccer with a record of 143-110-21. His teams won the Ivy League Title in 1986, '89, and '91. In 1991, Yale reached the NCAA Division I quarterfinals and finished in the top 10 nationally. Griggs was selected to the All-New England Team during his playing days at Trinity College. He takes great pride in having played a role in the development of the world's most popular sport in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. The Griggs family has had a cabin on Mt. Riga in the hills above Salisbury since 1902 and continues its involvement in the area each summer. His wife Trish is the co-director and camp administrator. Their children Colin and Jessie both coach at camp each summer. Colin is the Head Coach of the girls' varsity soccer team at Hebron Academy in Maine. Jessie is the Head Coach of women's soccer at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA.
The camp was founded in 1991 by Steve Griggs and Salisbury School's much beloved coach at the time, Joe Cleary. Through the summer of 1998 it was held at the Salisbury School until major construction and other changes resulted in the move to Indian Mountain School. In the early years there were 30 or 40 campers per week and most were beginners. Now, 28 years later, it is common for more than 100 campers to attend each week and the level of play has risen every year with many campers returning year in and year out.
The FC Sarum Soccer Camp is designed to provide in-depth instruction for young soccer players from the ages of 5 to 16. Each camper has the advantage of special attention--individually, as well as in group situations-- according to his or her needs and skill level. Emphasis for the younger players is on the development of a wide variety of ball skills, basic rules interpretation, drills and small group competition. The focus for the older, more experienced players is on pressure drills, position play and tactical training. At the end of each morning session, there are round-robin league games in the beginning, intermediate and advanced groups.
Campers, through the guidance and expertise of the coaching staff, will be challenged to work toward perfecting skills, and inspired to go beyond their existing capabilities. However, the most important objective is to help each camper discover a sense of personal achievement, while experiencing the joy and excitement of playing the great and universal game of soccer.