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Program

SoPen offers training programs for middle and high school boys in two groups: Intermediate and Advanced. SoPen coaches will assign players to these groups.

Advanced

Advanced players are ages 15 to 19 and are experienced, national caliber players. Most players in this group play year round for club programs as well as on their high school team. This group trains at the level of the top 5 teams in CCS and the top 20 high school programs nationally.  

Intermediate

Intermediate players are ages 13 to 18 and are less experienced than the Advanced group, still fine-tuning their fundamentals and developing an understanding of strategy and positioning. Because all SoPen participants play at a high level, this group does not include true beginners.

The Intermediate group trains under the guidance of Coach Dante Dettamanti, who served as Head Coach of Stanford University’s men’s water polo team for 25 years, during which he won 8 National Championships and coached 2-time All-American Jack Bowen. Coach Dante also served as Assistant Coach of the U.S. National Team, and is now finishing his first season at SoPen and at Menlo School as Head Coach of the JV program.

The Bowen Goalie Camp, the premier goalkeeper training program in the country, and the Summer Goalkeeper Focus programs are offered (separately from SoPen) by our head coach, Jack Bowen. Contact him directly for more information: jbowen@menloschool.org.