Former professional soccer player Jared Montz has rolled out what is believed to be the first of its kind online soccer academy. “The idea came to me this summer,” said Montz, a former defender who most recently played for the United Soccer Leagues’ Puerto Rico Islanders. “I have been working just about 24 hours a day like a mad man to get it up and ready.”
The Maudville, La., native is the owner, president and namesake of Jared Montz Soccer LLC, which has been running soccer camps in Louisiana and Mississippi since January 2006. The online academy was born of a desire to train youth players without making them and their parents travel to distant (and expensive) camps. The online academy features training videos, juggling charts and game review forms as well as a college scholarship giveaway. The program has multiple groups for all ages and skill levels.
Montz graduated with honors from Lynn University with a degree in business management in 2005. He was signed to a developmental contract by Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire in 2006 and won a U.S. Open Cup with the squad that year. With the Fire he also suffered a hernia injury that ultimately forced him into semi-retirement. He started a video podcast, Montz TV, in December 2007.
The program appears to be taking off. “Players have already signed up,” said Montz. “They are really enjoying the program and I keep getting messages saying how awesome it is.”