Guest Blogging: Tim Penrod

Welcome to Day 4 of our Guest Bloggers and welcome to Tim Penrod. Tim Penrod is our Soccer Director at camp and during the fall and spring months he is the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Southern Vermont. We are very excited to welcome Little Timmy Penrod to the blog!

Hello Camp Canadensis from a very cool and colorful Bennington, VT.  This is Tim Penrod (aka “Baby Simba” – Thanks CITs ’09), currently blogging from my new office on the campus of Southern Vermont College.  We’re already getting a taste of fall with cool temperatures (55 degrees) and some leaves already starting to change to red, yellow, and orange.  It seems just days ago that I was at camp (celebrating be part of the “Five Fantastic Five Years!) enjoying the warm weather and sun!!

During my 10 months away from camp, I am the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Southern Vermont.  This is my third year here, and the team is off to an amazing start.  Last night we won our 7th straight game, moving our season record to 8-2 overall, and 2-0 in our conference.  For those of you that have followed us in the past, we’d only won 2 games in my previous two seasons here, so the 8-2 record is a HUGE improvement.  This coming weekend we are playing our conference rivals, Lesley University.  Last year they beat us 2-1 at their homecoming, so we are looking to return the favor on Saturday.

Along with my coaching duties, I wear several other hats for the athletic department.  I am the work-study coordinator, so it’s my job to schedule all of our workers for home athletic events.  I also am one of the game day managers, so I get to play host to all of the teams who come in to play our men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as men’s volleyball team.  So, for those of you who go to events at colleges or anywhere else, if you wonder who the person responsible for doing all the pre-game set up is, that’s a big part of what I do during the winter months.

Finally, recruiting is the most time-consuming part of my job.  I spend most of the off-season (November – June) on the road, watching high school games, going to tournaments, and scouting potential players for the future.  I get to travel throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. One of the things I absolutely love about my job is the fact that I get paid to teach, watch, or evaluate soccer every day!

Hopefully I’m allowed to put this plug in here, but if anyone is interested in following my team’s progress the rest of the season as we move towards conference playoffs (and potentially a NCAA or ECAC tournament bid), you can check us out on the web at and just follow the link to Men’s Soccer.

With that, I would like to thank JCal for asking me to do this (since Forti decided to fall asleep at the wheel and take a vacation!).  I miss all of you dearly and hope to be able to make it to the Camp Reunion this winter.  Camp Family has truly become family for me, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

All the best,