ARLINGTON — More than three dozen soccer players from around the area converged on the Fisher Elementary School field in Arlington on Monday, getting tips and tricks from some of the best coaches in the area at John Werner's 39th annual school soccer camp.

Werner has two different camps, one in the morning for kids in grades K-8 and another one at night from 5 to 8 p.m. for high-school age players. It's the fourth time that Werner has done the high school camp.

Werner was the boys soccer coach at Arlington for more than three decades and is a member of the Vermont Principal's Association Hall of Fame. After retiring as the state's leader in wins — a record that stood for 12 seasons — Werner traveled north to Castleton University, where he coached the men's soccer team for another nine years, retiring in 2013.

But through all of that, he always kept the summer free to work with kids from across the area and give them his expertise.

Coaches working with Werner included Tim Kelleher, the Greenwich, N.Y., boys soccer coach, Arlington varsity boys coach Todd Wilkins and Arlington girls assistant coach Mike Keough,

Former Arlington players Mike Lampron, Hooper Pickering and Glen Sherman, all who suited up for Werner, gave their time as well, along with former SVC soccer player Tony Kasulinous and Arlington girls varsity coach Aaron Wood.


Arlington’s Ethan Olson controls the ball as a player comes on to defend by the sideline.
Arlington's Ethan Olson controls the ball as a player comes on to defend by the sideline. (ADAM SAMROV — BENNINGTON BANNER)