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ODP Testimonials


This Is What ODP Families Are Saying About The ODP Program

"ODP has been a very important part of my soccer path and is a big reason for my success.   Indiana ODP gave me significant opportunity as a goalie to train 1 on 1,  in small groups and in scrimmages  with top tier coaches.  This excellent individual and small group training allowed me to have significant touches and taught me not only fundamentals early on, but also how to deal with many situations on the field mentally and physically. During my 3 years of ODP I developed a much greater understanding of the game and also developed many lasting friendships.  I was invited to ODP Regional ID Camp two  years ago which gave me an opportunity to meet and train with very good players from around the country.    As a result I was able to improve in so many areas such that I made the Cincinnati United Premier DA team in 2018 and now have the privilege to play for the inaugural FC Cincinnati MLS U15 Pro Academy team.  I miss my 2005 ODP team mates, but continue to stay in touch with them.  One of my closet friends from the team is Benji Chavarria who is playing for the Chicago Fire MLS DA Academy team.  We have gone from playing together at ODP to playing against each other, which is fun as off the field we are good friends.  I am very thankful for the opportunity and the many coaches at Indiana ODP that made me both a better person and a better player". - Austin Wells 2005 FC Cincinnati DA

"ODP provides motivated club players an opportunity to receive additional quality training and instruction with similarly motivated club players.  They offer flexible training times to help facilitate participation that doesn't conflict with club matches.  It's a great resource provided by the Indiana Soccer Association". - Tommy Berry, Cutters Soccer Club DOC

"A HUGE thanks to several great years of ODP! Brock is starting his freshman year at the University of Evansville. He is already loving being part of the men’s soccer team! He has the BEST things to say about ODP and Indiana soccer. Great coaching through you all. Lifelong friends. With fond memories" - Tamara Wandel 

"Coach Andrew, I wanted to take a moment to send a note of thanks for coaching Elle during ODP this year, especially during the Ohio tournament.  You are one of the few coaches to “get” Elle.  As you know, she’s fiercely competitive and extremely strong willed.  As you noted, these character traits might serve her well as an adult but it can be a challenge to coach.  You took the time to talk to her, coach her about how to use her energy on the field and to harness her competitive nature in a positive way.  After the game, Elle told you her dream is to be a professional soccer player one day.  She’s said that ever since she’s been a little girl but this is the first time I’ve heard her open up to a coach about her goals.  You clearly earned her trust that day.  And for that, I am forever grateful.  

I don’t know anything about soccer and don’t have the talent, experience or skill to help her.  It’s only through special programs like ODP, and coaches like you, that she may one day realize that dream. Thank you for all you do.  This family appreciates the work of the program and teaching kids how to play a sport they love" - Joy Fischer

"You for guiding me through my ODP years. I appreciate the work you put into organizing and coordinating events in my later years, and for coaching me when I played under you. ODP gave me the opportunity to play against players better than myself and motivated me to work to reach their level. It was a great experience. 


I am interested in the Coach in Training program but probably not until my senior year. I’m not sure I would have the time this year as I plan on attending some ID camps on the weekends. Maybe I'll see you at a Unified Track meet sometime in the spring" - Ian Holtz-Hazaltine

"Joy/Coach Shelly/Coach Mabuchi: my guess you already know but Jackson was invited to compete with the Regional boys in December.  I wanted to personally thank all of you for everything you do for the ODP program.  This program has impacted my son in many positive ways. Without the tireless efforts and commitment of the ODP staff this would not have been possible". - Jim and Lee Ann
"Indiana ODP offers the rare opportunity to gather like-minded athletes under the instruction of high-level coaches in a unique environment where the focus isn't playing time or tournament wins. Being able to run sessions that are solely development-driven allows me to assess athletes' strengths and identify areas of needed growth and work in a way I've never been able to in the club, or even college, game. It's what coaching is supposed to be: player-focused. My time with ODP has helped me reconnect with why I coach young women today and I greatly value the opportunity I've had working with IN ODP". Stacy Pease - ODP Coach
"Joy and Todd, thank you very much for all the work you did over the past year. Jayden (2007) enjoyed to be a part of ODP." Denise Blank
"I just wanted to reach out and express just how thankful I am for everyone involved in this program that has helped me get to where I am today. ODP came at a time for me when I really needed it and I wouldn’t be the type of player or person I am today without it! The level of awareness and knowledge of the game I gained is really what sets me up to succeed, not to mention the great positional and tactical coaching I received as well. ODP has helped me reach my goals, both short and long term, one of which was being invited to the Midwest Regional ID Camp, and I am so grateful to say I have finally reached that goal! Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons (vacation and other college camp conflicts), I will have to decline the invitation to attend, but for me, being invited was just as exciting, encouraging, and fulfilling. Once again thank you all for everything, and know I am still very interested in helping out with district training or anything else you all may need! Just let me know." Emma Lopp.