- Use a holistic approach to sports
- Allow for both directed and exploratory learning
- Strike a balance between structure and freedom
- Create a community environment
- Develop life-long love of sport and activity
- Provide a continuing and varied sporting experience for the community
Meet The Founder
I grew up with a passion for sports and always knew I wanted to be involved in sports. As a high school and collegiate athlete, I learned first hand the importance of good coaching and a strong mental game. Originally intending to become a college soccer coach, I spent nearly every weekend during the year, and several weeks each summer, coaching soccer teams in South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, California, and Oregon, improving my craft.
Through my experiences in coaching teams and camps, I found that while the soccer skills training was typically good and the activities fun, by and large they missed the bigger picture.
From my early days of coaching, I envisioned an organization whose coaching included not only skill-building and learning the game, but also stressed the importance of nutrition, proper stretching, positive thinking, and the mental game.
As an athlete, coach, parent, and sport psychology consultant with over 20 years experience in youth sports, I created BaxterSports – Camps, Clinics, Coaching, and Consulting – to continue my work and provide a great environment for athletes to learn and grow in all aspects of life.
Brian Baxter Owner / Director / Sports Psychologist
Head Coach / Program Director
Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the Director of a gig called Bax-ter
Well I was born and raised in Camas, WA. Grew up playing all the usual sports I could. Eventually my passion for baseball grew and grew into playing year round. Eventually I graduated from Camas High School and, after hurting my shoulder, I looked for a job and started coaching at BaxterSports the summer of 2011. I worked my way into directing camps in 2015.
Along the way I have had a myriad of other sales management jobs, but eventually realized that working with kids in education and sports was something I wanted to do. I decided to dedicate my summers to BaxterSports and use the school year to work and as Registered Behavior Technician with special needs students! But in 2019 Brian asked me to come full time and I accepted! I am now more than excited to dedicate myself to helping grow the business so that we may find more ways to reach out to the youth in our community and find ways to connect through sports and other events.
I have an amazing superhero of a wife, Waverly Jackson who works as a Certified Athletic Trainer with Providence and is currently at Wilson High School. We are blessed with two beautiful children, Jude Anthony Jackson and Pepper Rae Jackson.
I want to thank everyone who has ever attended our camps for making this possible. The chance to combine passion and profession!
We work with a solid bunch.
Our main camp director, Blake definitely runs the show! A former college baseball player, he just started the BaxterSports Baseball Academy in 2020.
Known for his easy going ways, kids love coach Trevan. During the school year, he works at Liberty Middle School as a Para Edcuator.
Started as a camper in 2010, he's coached for 6 years now. Plays soccer at Soca University in Southern Cal. Younger brother Finn is also a coach, and Nevin is a camper.
Our assistant director, Keller has experience as a competitive soccer coach and is an elementary PE teacher in WA.
started as a camper in 2010, he's been coaching for 5 years now. Cedar plays soccer at Cleveland High School in SE Portland.
He's been a camper since day 1, and now does a great job connecting with young campers of all ages. A junior at Franklin HS, he played football and was an All-PIL selection in soccer.
Founded as a sport psychology consulting firm in the Bay Area, CA
Moved to Portland, OR.
First soccer camp held.
First soccer team mini-camp.
Became director of SPINw.
First All-Sports and Competitive Soccer Camps.
First All-Sports Spring Break Camp.
First All-Sports Winter Break Camp.
First Portland Ultimate Camp.
First Four Pillars Elite Soccer Camp.