Introducing Northern Michigan’s first and only Goal Keeper specific training academy!  Pure Keeper Academy (PKA) was developed to specifically service the one position that is overlooked in today’s game, The Goal Keeper. Founders Dave Speckman and Nate Plum created PKA in an effort to strengthen the abilities of the Northern Michigan Goal Keeper.  Both Nate and Dave have extensive training, and have played the position at the collegiate and semi professional level and now they are bringing that knowledge to you!



   How Can PKA Help You?  The Pure Keeper Academy is strictly for the goalkeeper position and there are three ways we can help to service your program!  

Private Sessions:  1 on 1 training at a location that is convenient.  This 1 hour session will focus on specific needs of the keeper as well as conditioning and technique work.  Add another keeper or two, to the session for a minimal charge.  Sessions start at $50 an hour, with a $10 charge for each additional keeper.

Team Training Sessions:  This option will allow for both some 1 on 1 training as well as team training.  We will pull your keeper for individual work on technique, needs, or conditioning, before we put them back into the group training session.  While working with team we will continue to work with your keeper on their role within the team and how to enhance that role and their effectiveness within the group!   Team Training Sessions start at $40 an hour, with a $10 additional charge for each additional keeper that is involved with the session.


    Nate Plum is the current head coach of Elk Rapids Boys Soccer Team.  He currently holds an NSCAA Level 6 diploma, NSCAA High School diploma, a NSCAA goalkeeper I & II diploma, and a USSF National E & D license.  He is also a staff member of the long running Mr. Soccer Camps.  Prior to Elk Rapids, Nate was an assistant coach at Traverse City Central High School. 

    Nate played collegiate soccer for Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, MI.  While there he helped lead the Saints to 3 WHAC Championships (WHAC), 2 tournament championships, 1 regional championship, and a NAIA National Tournament birth as a goalkeeper.  He was an honorable mention All American in 2002.  Nate went on to play two seasons with the Grand Rapids Explosion of the professional development league (PDL).

Nate Plum


    Dave Speckman is the current Keeper coach for Elk Rapids Boys Soccer.  He was the starting keeper for The University of Tennessee were he had a regional tryout with the US National Team.  During his Junior year he was voted to the All Tournament Team of the Duke Metropolitan Soccer Tournament.  He played semipro soccer in California and Ohio before settling in Northern Michigan.  Dave also holds his NSCAA goalkeeper I & II diploma.

Dave Speckman