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FOCUSED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPLETE PLAYER
At Echo, we like to compete. That is why we provide world class training in partnership with Coerver that is focused on developing technically sound players that excel in competitive team environments. But we also realize that the game of soccer is an excellent vehicle for teaching important life lessons, such as working together as a team, being humble in victory and gracious in defeat, and persevering through challenges. That is why we strive to create a family environment aimed at developing well-rounded individuals that can face challenges on the soccer field and in life with equal confidence.
Echo was founded around 1990 in Edwardsburg, Michigan by Charle Wilkinson, a former Indiana University soccer player and one of the founding members of Carmel United Soccer Club. With roots near the University of Notre Dame, Echo’s name originates from the university’s famous victory march. The club was created for the purpose of providing a positive, family-friendly environment for player development through the game of soccer.
Initially, Echo consisted of a single U-10 boys’ team and in its second year it expanded to add a second boys’ team and its first girls’ team. In following years, Echo continued adding both boys’ and girls’ teams as its popularity began to increase. Through 2002, the club’s teams competed in the West Michigan Youth Soccer Association, practicing in various locations in Michigan and Indiana. In 2003, Echo began competing in Indiana as a member of Indiana Soccer and the Indiana Soccer League.
In the fall of 2012, Echo began its partnership with Coerver Coaching, the world’s number one soccer skills training method, which was the first partnership of its kind in the state of Indiana. In January 2013, Omar Gallo became Echo’s fourth Director of Coaching. Later that same year, Echo first started using its new facility, Echo Fields at Harris Township Park in Granger, Indiana.
From its humble beginnings, Echo has grown to serve several hundred youth soccer players a year on approximately 30 teams through several different programs. With its growth and increasing success on the field, Echo has remained true to its fundamental purpose: developing the complete athlete.