She’s halfway around the world from Bradenton, but IMG Academy soccer program alum Megan Manthey is still living her dream of playing professional soccer.
Playing for Fortuna Hjorring in Denmark, Manthey is still competing at the highest level since attending IMG Academy soccer program in the 2004-2005 season and playing four seasons of W-League.
“Having attended in 2004-2005 season, it was a huge move to Florida from Seattle and leaving home, friends and family. Living on campus, attending school and playing soccer every day was a huge dream. I wanted to take advantage of every aspect of IMG.”
At the end of the season, Megan won Female Player of the Year under head girls coach Derek Leader. “Derek influenced me on and off the field and approach to my game. He still influences me today and I keep in regular contact.”
Before Denmark, it was attending the University of Colorado at the age of 17.
“IMG was the main reason I got to college, but also to an out-of-state school and most importantly the preparation for daily life, soccer and balancing academics. You learn so many lessons about yourself and others and how to live on your own and be independent. IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsperformance taught me about self motivation and correct techniques in the weight room that I still use today! The transition to college life and now professionally life still mirrors my development from IMG.”
Another dedicated player in 2004-2005 season was Zak Boggs, now a professional player with MLS team New England Revolution. The funny story is Megan and Zak dated at IMG before anyone knew both of them would be professionally one-day…well our coaching staff did!
“Individual attitude, concentration and effort are the main success stories of players that attend and graduate from IMG Academy soccer program”, said Tom Durkin, IMG Academy soccer program Director on Megan and Zak’s progress over the years. “Applying and maintaining the skills and opportunities from IMG and college allow players to be successful”.
Following a very successful 4-years at college, with her final year at the College of Charleston in 2009, Megan went to Europe to apply her trade and continue to improve. Manthey is the first American playing for Fortuna Hjorring, Denmark, which has won the last two Danish titles.
What’s your typical day like?
Usually soccer training is in the evening, but I also train very early in the morning as well and continue to work on technical skills. In the evenings we play more scrimmages and team group training. Most afternoons I spend learning Danish and also coaching youth soccer girl teams as well. Most days are always busy with soccer and preparing for games and managing my time.
A message to IMG student-athletes and future athletes..
It’s an experience like nothing else that is not just soccer and school. You learn about yourself and how to manage your time, prepare correctly and also post game. It’s a preparation of life for college. Take advantage of the coaching staff, the opportunities to work in IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsperformance and the knowledge everyone has on campus. Applying the tools you learn at IMG will develop you far and beyond IMG in the years to follow.