Shattuck-St. Mary’s College Pre-season Training Camp
Coaches[Tabby title=”Head Coach Mika Elovaara”]
Director of Girls Soccer
Head Coach U18 Girls
Mika Elovaara brings extensive experience as a national and international soccer coach to
A team captain at all levels in his playing career, Elovaara’s accolades as a player include three
Sport Academies’ National Championships in his native country, Finland, a stellar career in
NCAA Division I with the Seahawks of University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he still
ranks as the all-time leader in games started (79), and an impressive professional career after
college, with over 150 games in the Finnish National Men’s Division II and Division I.
Most recently, Elovaara served as an Assistant Coach for the women’s soccer program at his
alma mater, UNC Wilmington, for four years. In his time with the Seahawks women’s soccer
program, Elovaara helped the team match the program record for CAA wins in a season in 2008
and match the single-season record for wins on its way to capturing the university’s first CAA
Tournament championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. In addition to his duties with Seahawks, Elovaara has also worked with the North
Carolina Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program and worked winter clinics
and summer camps in the U.S. and in Scandinavia.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and has experience
teaching in high school as well as college, most recently teaching Graduate level classes at UNCW.
His research has primarily focused on Sports, Culture, and Society, with both his PhD Dissertation
and Master’s Thesis dealing with research on soccer. Elovaara is a member of the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America and he holds the B license from both the USSF (United States
Soccer Federation) and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), as well as a UEFA
Soccer Fitness, Strength and Conditioning Certificate.
Mika can be reached at 507.333.1716 or at email@example.com[Tabby title=”Assistant Coach Sarah Chapman”]
Assistant Coach U16 Girls
Sarah Chapman grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, where she earned varsity letters in swimming and diving, basketball and soccer. She was a four-year starter and team captain her senior year for the Falcons’ soccer team, and helped her team advanced to the WCAC semi-finals every season. Sarah earned all-team, all-conference, all-state, and Parade All-American accolades throughout her four years at Good Counsel. She played club soccer for Bethesda Extreme Soccer Club for three years and for the Freestate Shooters for a year. Her teams won both Maryland State Tournament and State Cup championships and. Sarah was a member of the Maryland State ODP team and Region I team 2003 – 2008, helping her teams win Regional Championships and a National Championship in 2006. She was on the youth National team pool for the U16s – U18s.
Sarah spent her college career with the University of Florida, where she was a four-year starter in the midfield. During Sarah’s four years at Florida, the Gators were SEC champions in 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons, SEC tournament champions in the 2010 season, and earned NCAA appearances throughout Sarah’s four years on the team. She was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week and the SEC Freshman of the Week. She Sarah graduated with a degree in Criminology and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2009 and 2010.
Sarah earned her first experience in coaching her freshman year in college, and has been actively involved in all of the UF summer soccer camps 2008-2012, serving as the assistant camp director in 2012. Prior to coming to Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Sarah also served as a student-assistant coach for the University of Florida her senior Spring and worked as the head coach of a U15 girls’ State Cup club team in Florida. She has completed the NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas.
Sarah can be reached at 507.333.1719 or at Sarah.Chapman@s-sm.org.