About - Central Illinois Soccer Academy (CISA)

About Central Illinois Soccer Academy

Founded in 1997 by Bradley University Head Soccer Coach Jim DeRose, the Central Illinois Soccer Academy (CISA) is one of the fastest growing and most successful camps in the U.S., assisting in the development of over 6,000 boys & girls ages 5-18.

The CISA’s total development curriculum is implemented in a focused, contained, and competitive environment without the pressure of wins and losses. To develop as a total player, campers must experience full immersion and repetition in order to successfully transform from a technical player to a skillful player. Technique is the act of performing a task (i.e. dribbling or passing) whereas; skill is the application of performing technique with limited time and space and under the pressure of opponents.

The experienced CISA staff will utilize a variety of fun training methods to assist in the total development of each camper to include individual, small-sided and full-sided methods throughout the week. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player there is a Central Illinois Soccer Academy camp for you!









CISA Philosophy & FAQ

The Central Illinois Soccer Academy (CISA) reflects our philosophy of learning through playing. Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, the CISA staff will help improve your skill level and enhance your understanding of the game through a variety of fun training and playing methods.

The CISA program will place special emphasis on the total development of its participants by incorporating individual, small-sided and full-sided training techniques throughout the week. The CISA staff will provide frequent feedback during training sessions and give players the opportunity to work on their game during daily, age-appropriate small-sided and full-sided matches.

CISA camps are open to any and all entrants, in accordance with the NCAA camps and clinic legislation (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).

Please direct all questions to Tim Regan via email: tregan@fsmail.bradley.edu.

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The Summer Kickings Kids (9-11am), Junior Day (9am-12:30pm), and Commuter (9am-3pm) camps during the summer of 2020 will take place at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex. The complex has worked with the city of Peoria and local health department authorities on guidelines for reopening and certification of COVID-19 compliance. The city of Peoria and the county health department have endorsed the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex plan and concluded that in reviewing the documentation, they are able to fully comply with the outlined Outdoor Recreation and Youth Sports guidelines. This is in conjunction with the Restore Illinois, Heart of Illinois (HOI) plan for the Central Illinois area.

The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex is confident the guidelines, practices, and procedures will keep guests safe while maintaining a quality experience for everyone at Slugger Peoria.

The Central Illinois Soccer Academy will follow all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Peoria County Health Department regulations.  We are not requiring the use of masks, but any child is welcome to wear masks.  We ask for families to review the IDPH recommendations and the following “Youth and Recreational Sports Guidelines” for Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide a more detailed analysis on the coronavirus COVID-19.  To review recommendations from the CDC regarding “considerations for youth sports,” please read the following: 

Peoria Junior Day Camp and Kicking Kids Camp – Mossville Sports Complex (12026 N Old Galena Rd, Mossville, IL 61552)

No, although the campers will be provided enough time for a small snack during a water break.

Yes, you need to bring a water bottle filled before the session begins. There will be water available to refill your water bottle.

The campers stay in the dorms of Bradley University that are staffed by the coaches and counselors.

Yes, but we recommend you bringing a fan just in case.




We use school buses to transport the campers.

We use Mossville Soccer Complex (12026 N Old Galena Rd, Mossville, IL 61552) for these camps, but also will use Guardian Angel for the afternoon sessions.

Central Illinois Soccer Academy Staff

Central Illinois Soccer Academy | Jim DeRose

Jim DeRose

Camp President,
Retired Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Bradley University

Jim DeRose came to Bradley University in 1996 as the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I college soccer and after 28 seasons, he grew into one of the game’s most successful coaches. After winning more than 250 games and seven Missouri Valley Conference titles, advancing to 10 consecutive MVC Tournament Final Fours and playing in seven NCAA Tournaments, DeRose retired in November of 2023.

DeRose claimed Soccer America magazine’s 2007 National Coach-of-the-Year award, three NSCAA Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year honors (1998, 2007 and 2013) and four Valley Coach-of-the-Year awards — 1996, 1998, 2006 and 2007 (the latter two as staff awards). In addition, the CollegeSoccerNews.com website named DeRose one of the nation’s top teachers and tacticians in the college game in 2000.

Those honors have substantial backing. In his first 24 years at Bradley, DeRose owned a 254-183-58 (.572) record, which includes 15 of the 16 double-digit win seasons in the program’s 30-plus-year history. His 254 Bradley wins represent over 80 percent of the program’s all-time victory total. DeRose also has guided the Braves to four MVC regular-season championships (1998, 2005, 2006 and 2007); nine appearances in the MVC Tournament championship game in the last 17 years; Valley postseason titles in 2007, 2010 and 2013; seven trips to the NCAA Tournament (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013); and the program’s first-ever run to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals (2007).

DeRose became Bradley’s third soccer head coach in the spring of 1996: he inherited a program that had produced only 51 victories during its nine-year existence (51-114-11, .321) and was coming off consecutive three-win seasons. While compiling his impressive record, DeRose has guided the Braves to a pair of double-digit unbeaten streaks, the four longest winning streaks in school history — six in 1997 and 2013, seven in 1998 and eight in 2002– and the program’s first-ever national rankings: the Braves climbed to No. 14 in Soccer America magazine’s weekly poll during the 1998 season and now have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams during nine of the last 18 seasons.

Not only have the Braves enjoyed tremendous team success, DeRose’s coaching has led to countless individual accomplishments among his players. Former Brave Gavin Glinton (1998-2001) ended his career as the Missouri Valley Conference career leader in goals (53) and points (133) and he remains the only four-time All-American in Bradley Athletics and Valley soccer history. Glinton became the second men’s soccer player inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2014.

At the other end of the field, former Braves keeper Chris Dunsheath (2001-05) finished third in NCAA history with 8,197 career minutes played and set the Valley record with 27.5 career shutouts. The 2005 Valley Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American, Dunsheath became the first keeper in league history to earn four All-MVC awards (second team in 2002 and first team in 2003, 2004 and 2005). More recently, Joe Donoho (2007) and Wojciech Wojcik (2013) have been selected the Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Year.

DeRose’s Bradley program also has produced nine Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections in the last 14 years. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer became the most recent addition to that list in 2017 when he was selected in the fourth round by Columbus Crew SC. Former Bradley star Bryan Gaul helped David Beckham, Landon Donavan and company to the 2012 MLS Cup in his rookie season. Other MLS SuperDraft selections under DeRose’s watch include Gaul (2012), Chris Cutshaw (2009), Dunsheath (2006), Luke Kreamalmeyer (2005, MLS Combine MVP), Tim Regan (2003), Hamid Mehreioskouei (2003), Glinton (2002) and Bryan Namoff (2001).

While Bradley’s on-field success under DeRose is impressive, the accomplishments of his players in the classroom are even more impressive. DeRose’s players have collected 15 CoSIDA Academic All-America or NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American awards, 30 regional and district academic awards and 63 Valley Scholar-Athlete awards. In addition, Bradley Soccer has five times received the NCAA Public Recognition Award in honor of the program’s Academic Progress Rate performance, including each of the last three years, and the Braves routinely earn the annual NSCAA Team Academic Award by posting a team-wide GPA better than 3.00.

DeRose’s career has been marked by more than just player development: he also has grown an impressive coaching tree. The large branches of that tree include five former DeRose assistant coaches who have gone on to become NCAA Division I head coaches: Brian Barnett (IUPUI), Jesse Cormier (Vermont and Florida Gulf Coast), Chad Flanders (Central Arkansas), Devin O’Neill (Massachusetts), Brad Ruzzo (Mercer), and Ronnie Bouemboue (Eastern Illinois).  Of the 16 assistants who have worked for DeRose at Bradley, 13 continue to serve the game in coaching roles: Nate Boyden (Davis Legacy), Joe Burger (Kansas State Association), Adrian Cox (The Baldwin School Head Coach), Flanders (Aurora University assistant coach and Galaxy S.C.), Jeff Gettler (Richmond Strikers Director of Coaching U13-19), Glinton (Sacramento United), O’Neill (Western New England Head Coach), and Regan (Bradley Assistant).

DeRose came to Bradley after spending the 1995 season as the top assistant at the University of Richmond. While aiding the rising Spiders program, DeRose also served as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 1995 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship, now known as the College Cup.

No stranger to Central Illinois, DeRose spent three years (1992-94) as the top assistant at Illinois State University before the Normal, IL, school dropped the men’s soccer program. DeRose also was an assistant at Vermont in 1991, helping the program stay in the regional (top five ranking) and national (top 20) spotlight.

DeRose began his coaching career at his alma mater, Johnson State College, in Johnson, VT. While playing goalkeeper for Johnson State, DeRose helped the Badgers to consecutive NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances and regular top 20 rankings. As a senior in 1989, DeRose earned NAIA first-team All-America honors while capturing the New England Player-of-the-Year Award. In postseason play that year, DeRose took MVP honors at the Senior Bowl in Tempe, AZ.

DeRose followed his college career by playing professionally in Albuquerque, NM, for the New Mexico Chiles of the American Professional Soccer League.

In addition to his NCAA Division I coaching experience, DeRose has been a member of both the Region I (East) and Region II (Midwest) Olympic Development Program coaching staffs, while serving nine years as an ODP State Team coach in Vermont and Illinois.

DeRose has both a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Johnson State. He also owns a USSF “B” license and a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma.

Central Illinois Soccer Academy | Raleigh DeRose

Raleigh DeRose

Program Coordinator for Camps and Clinics,
Head Women’s Coach at Illinois State University

Raleigh DeRose as the Illinois State new head soccer coach in December of 2023.

DeRose recently finished her eighth season with the Brown soccer staff and third as an associate head coach during the 2023-24 season. During her time with the program, the Bears won three Ivy League championships, competed in four NCAA Tournaments, had four undefeated regular seasons, and finished in the top 50 in the national RPI rankings for four-consecutive years. She was also selected to the 30 Under 30 Program by the United Soccer Coaches for the 2016-17 course year.

DeRose and the Brown coaching staff were named the 2023 East Region Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches following a vote of the region’s coaches. The staff led the Bears to a 12-3-2 record, including a perfect 7-0-0 mark in the conference and won the Ivy League regular season championship for the fourth-straight year. The Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in program history and hosted as a No. 3 seed, where they took down Quinnipiac in the first round at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

Brown was consistently ranked in the NCAA RPI throughout the 2023 regular season, topping out at No. 5 in late October. Eight members of the team were awarded with All-Ivy recognition, including three-time Offensive Player of the Year Brittany Raphino, who was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Award and was named an All-American for the third time.

In 2022, DeRose and the Bears secured a 1-0 win at Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament to cap off a season that also included the program’s third-straight Ivy League championship after posting a 5-0-1 record in league action. She helped lead the Bears to their second straight Ivy League title in 2021, a season that also saw the team finish with a 7-0 Ivy League record for the first time since the league expanded to eight teams in 1991. The campaign saw Raphino named a Second Team All-American and the Ivy Offensive Player of the Year, Kayla Duran named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year, and seven players in total selected to the All-Ivy League teams.

In 2019, she was a key part of the United Soccer Coaches East Region Staff of the Year and helped guide the Bears to a historic season, in which the team won its first Ivy League title and made its first NCAA appearance since 1994. Brown set program records for wins in a season (14), home wins in a season (11), and shutouts in a season (13). The Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after topping Monmouth in a penalty kick shootout, 4-1.

Prior to her stint at Brown, DeRose served as an assistant coach at Knox from 2014-15 helping the Prairie Fire set a single-season school record for wins in 2015 with a 13-5-2 record. Knox made its first appearance in the Midwest Conference tournament in 20 years in 2015, advancing to the championship game for the first time in school history. In 2015, the Prairie Fire ranked among national leaders in Division III in total goals (14th, 68), goals per game (17th, 3.4), total points (17th, 181), and shots on goal per game (14th, 11.8).

A four-year student-athlete at Knox, DeRose captained the Prairie Fire and started 47 of her 52 matches played as a defender. She acted as a SAAC representative for three years and as the organization’s vice president as a senior. A native of Peoria, Illinois, DeRose earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College in 2014 in American Studies with minors in Anthropology, Sociology, and Religious Studies. She holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in addition to an NSCAA National Coaching License, receiving an R1, the highest level of evaluation in the diploma program.

DeRose comes from a soccer family. Her father, Jim, is the winningest head coach in Bradley history and recently announced his retirement after 28 years at the helm of the program. Her brother, J.R., was a standout goalkeeper at Mercer before moving into the coaching ranks at Bradley, North Carolina and Mercer.

She will be joined in Normal by her husband, Phil, and their daughter, Anna.

Tim Regan

Camp Administrator,
Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Bradley University

Tim Regan returned as an assistant coach for the Braves in 2017 and was announced as head coach following Jim DeRose’s retirement in November of 2023.

“I do not think it is an overstatement in saying the hiring of Tim Regan is a historic event for Bradley Soccer,” said Bradley head coach Jim DeRose when Regan’s addition to the staff was announced in April.  “I think we could fill an entire article on what he has accomplished as a student-athlete during his time at Bradley, however, it is what Tim has accomplished since leaving Bradley that makes his addition to our staff so historic.

“He has achieved success and the admiration of his peers and colleagues at every level of American soccer during the past 15 years, spanning MLS, NASL, PDL, US National Teams and the United States Developmental Academy,” DeRose added.  “There simply are not many coaches currently at the college level as a head coach or assistant coach that can boast the skill set and success Tim has achieved at the various levels of soccer in our country.

“After six years as a Major League Soccer player, Tim has served as a head coach and assistant coach at the professional and elite youth levels, as an advance scout for both individual players and teams in MLS and U.S. Soccer, both domestically and abroad, he has served as an international instructor to aspiring professional scouts and scouting directors; and on the administrative side, he has been directly involved in player acquisitions, contract negotiations and budgeting at a multi-million dollar level with relationships around the world.

“During that time, there has always been one constant since the day I first met Tim,” DeRose continued, “a driving work ethic, intense competitiveness, an unyielding desire to succeed and to always be the finest representative to his family and the organizations he represents.  His philanthropic commitment to his teams and their communities was unparalleled and he will bring that mentorship to our student-athletes as they develop academically, athletically and socially.”

Regan starred at Bradley from 1999-2002 and left as one of the most-decorated student-athletes in Bradley Athletics history, capped by his induction into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.  A member of the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team, Regan primarily played in a defensive midfield position throughout his collegiate career and he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American as a senior in 2002.  In addition to his performance on the field, Regan was a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete first-team selection and he earned the 2003 Charles Orsborn Award as Bradley’s senior student-athlete who best combined athletic and academic achievement with community service.

During his four seasons on the pitch for the Braves, Bradley compiled a 51-30-7 (.619) overall record, made the first three MVC Men’s Soccer Championship title game appearances (1999, 2000, 2002) in program history and earned the first two NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship appearances (2000, 2002) in program history.

The four-time All-MVC honoree was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars and went on to enjoy a six-year playing career with the MetroStars (2003-05), Chivas USA (2006), New York Red Bulls (2007) and Toronto FC (2008).  He totaled 81 career games played in MLS, including 65 as a starter, while logging 5,813 minutes in his defensive position.  During each of his three seasons with the MetroStars, Regan was selected the club’s US Soccer Humanitarian of the Year.

Since his retirement as a player, Regan has embarked on an impressive administrative and coaching career that has included positions in Major League Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation, one of the nation’s premier club teams and collegiate soccer.

Upon his retirement, Regan remained with Toronto FC as Chief Scout from 2008-11, while also serving as an assistant coach for USSF Youth National Teams at the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels from 2008-13.  From 2011-12, he also served USSF as Technical Advisor and Youth National Team Scout and from 2012-13, Regan worked as the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club Development Academy Director and U-17/18 head coach.

Regan comes to Bradley from Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League, where he worked from 2013-17 as an assistant coach, interim head coach and director of soccer operations.  He also worked as an assistant coach at DePauw University, helping the Tigers to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship.

Regan is married to former Bradley University volleyball star Jenna Passman Regan, who was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016, making the couple the first husband-and-wife duo to each be enshrined in the school’s athletics hall of fame.