The former Longhorn soccer coach who led the school to the 2002 1A-3A state championship has returned to help aspiring young players.
Roger Wholly will provide assistance by bringing highly acclaimed soccer coach Peter Duah to Payson for a one-day camp. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 28 on the Rumsey Park north field. The camp is open to all players entering ninth through 12th grade this school year. The fee is $25.
"The reason Peter is doing it so cheaply is he really wants to help our kids out," Wholly said.
Earlier this summer, Duah hosted all ages soccer camps in Payson and at Camp Tontozona.
Among those who participated at Tontozona was PHS senior Brandon Moratti.
"It was a really good camp and he made it lots of fun," Moratti said.
The teen noticed during the camp that Duah taught the Brazilian-African style of play which emphasizes superior ball-handling skills and tactics.
"It's fast (paced)," he said.
Moratti was one of four Longhorn players who participated in the Tontozona camp.
Duah, a native of Ghana West Africa, is a former head coach and general manager of the Arizona Sand Sharks and the former coach at Grand Canyon University. He was a staff member of the Ghana National Team in the 2003 Women's World Cup and is an inductee in the U.S. Youth Soccer Arizona Hall of Fame.
Wholly touts Duah as a master teacher and motivator.
"He really knows the game, how to teach it to kids and how to get them to respond," he said.
For more information or to enroll, call Matt Bullard at (602) 663-3816.