Nike Baseball Camp University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut
NIKE Baseball Camps is thrilled to be at a new Connecticut location, University of Hartford. Camp is scheduled to run in August giving baseball players of all abilities the opportunity to continue playing baseball throughout the summer!
The University of Hartford Nike Baseball Camp will be directed by head coach Justin Blood. Coach Blood enters his second season as the head coach of the Hartford Hawks, his first head coaching position. Blood comes to Hartford by way of the University of Connecticut where he served six seasons as the Huskies’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE Prizes
- NIKE Baseball Camp Graduation Certificate
University of Hartford's Fiondella Field
The University of Hartford baseball program plays on the brand new on campus Fiondella Field. The 2014 Nike Baseball Campers will also get to train on this state of the art field. The field is located adjacent to Al-Marzook field (soccer and lacrosse) in the new outdoor athletic complex. The field is the first on campus since the 1985 season. The newly re-constructed field opened on March 29, 2006. The facility includes in-ground dugouts, batting cages, two bullpens and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The outdoor athletics complex also features an all-purpose building, which houses restrooms and a concession stand.Meet your coaching staff
Justin Blood enters his second season as the head coach of the Hartford Hawks, his first head coaching position. Blood comes to Hartford by way of the University of Connecticut where he served six seasons as the Huskies’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In his first season at Hartford, Blood led the Hawks to a 16-40 overall record and a 7-17 mark in conference play. Hartford’s 16 victories in 2012 is the most since the 2008 season, while the seven league victories is the most since 2009. Under his tutelage a pair of Hawks earned America East honors with senior Simon Kudernatsch named to the America East Second Team All-Conference and freshman Sean Newcomb named to the All-Rookie squad. Kudernatsch joined sophomore Brian Hunter in earning All-Academic Team honors, while the senior shortstop was also named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Blood’s stint at Hartford comes after helping lead Connecticut its most successful season in program history, which included a BIG EAST regular season championship and the first trip to the NCAA Super Regional’s. UConn ended the 2011 season with a 45-20-1 overall record and a 22-5 mark in BIG EAST play.
Last year, Blood’s pitching staff finished the season with an ERA of 3.14, the 23rd best in the nation in Division I. The Huskies were also eighth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.58). Blood coached right handed hurler Matt Barnes to BIG EAST Player of the Year accolades and First Team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Barnes was the third player in UConn history to be selected in the first round of the MLB Amateur Draft as he was taken 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox.
In 2010, Blood helped the Huskies to one of their most successful seasons to that point as the UConn ballclub broke into the national rankings for the first time since the 1979 season. The Huskies finished that season with a program-record 48 wins. His pitching staff finished the year with the 17th best ERA in the nation at 3.91. The Huskies also struck out 397 batters, the second-best tally in program history, falling short of Blood’s 2009 staff, which struck out a school record 455 batters.
In his six overall seasons with Connecticut, Blood had 14 different pitchers drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, including five from the 2011 squad.Read Full Bio
A pitcher himself, Blood was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2001 and excelled in the minor leagues before retiring to pursue coaching on the collegiate level. Upon his retirement, Blood had accumulated a 3.97 ERA in 82 games as a minor league player with a 7-4 record. He helped to lead the Inland Empire 66ers to the California League Class A title in 2003, posting a 5-2 record with two saves and a 3.07 ERA with 77 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 58.2 innings out of the bullpen.
The New Hampshire native joined the coaching staff at Quinnipiac University in 2003, serving as a volunteer coach, then in 2004 he returned to his alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, to complete his degree and work as the baseball team’s student assistant.
Blood played three years for Franklin Pierce before being drafted. He ranks among ca¬reer leaders at the college with 235 strikeouts (second), 12 wins (fourth) and a 4.62 ERA (seventh) in 204.2 innings (fourth) over 38 appearances (third) with 12 complete games (fourth). In 2001, he struck out a program-record 20 New Hampshire College batters, which still ranks fifth in NCAA Division II single-game history.
Steve Malinowski begins his second season as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford. He spent the last four seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Connecticut alongside Hawks head coach Justin Blood. Malinowski serves as the recruiting coordinator and primary hitting coach, while he will work on field with the catchers.
Malinowski spent the past three seasons as an assistant for Connecticut, primarily charged with coaching first base and developing the outfielders. In addition, he coordinated the Connecticut Baseball School and several hitting clinics. In that role, he helped the Huskies to their most successful seasons under head coach Jim Penders, including a program-best 48 victories in 2010 and back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 Huskies advanced to the NCAA Super Regional’s for the first time in program history.
Prior to his tenure at Connecticut, Malinowski spent one season as an assistant at Bryant University. That followed a season as a student assistant coach under Jim Penders at Connecticut.
Malinowski also served as an assistant coach with the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in 2008, while in 2009 he was an assistant with the Manchester Silkworms.
Malinowski spent two seasons as a student-athlete at Connecticut, playing 33 games as a senior and finishing with a .260 batting average. He had three doubles and two home runs, both of which came in the BIG EAST Tournament. He also drove in 19 runs that season. He played in 25 games as a junior after transferring from Wake Forest in 2004. At Wake Forest, Malinowski finished his first collegiate game 4-of-5 at the plate with four runs scored, becoming the first freshman in Wake Forest history to tally four hits in his debut.
Mike Nemeth begins his first season on Coach Blood’s staff. A former standout at the University of Connecticut, Nemeth was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011. He will serve as the assistant hitting coach, while he will primarily work with the infielders.
Nemeth spent two seasons in the Milwaukee organization, playing both years for the Helena Brewers in Helena, Mont. As an infielder with Helena, Nemeth played in 72 and had a .220 batting average with 52 hits in 236 at bats.
As a four year starter at first base for the Huskies, Nemeth was a 2010 ABCA/NCAA Rawlings Division I All-American and holds five career records at Connecticut. He finished his career with a .356 batting average over 241 career games, compiling 331 hits in 931 at bats with 98 of those hits going for extra bases. He also drove in 211 runs, which is one of Nemeth's career records. Also among those records is games played, at bats, hits, doubles (70) and total bases (481).
Nemeth was a two-time Big East All-Conference honoree (2010, 2011) and received the ABCA/Rawlings Division I Gold Glove in 2011. He also earned All-New England First Team distinction in 2010.
John Slusarz begins his second season as a volunteer assistant coach under Head Coach Justin Blood. Slusarz will assist Blood in working with the pitchers while assisting in practice and game day preparations and camps and clinics.
Slusarz graduated from the University of Connecticut after pitching two seasons for the Huskies. As a senior in 2006, Slusarz finished with a 5-1 overall record and a 5.28 ERA pitching 44.1 innings and fanning 35 batters. In his two season in Storrs, he finished with a 10-2 overall record. Prior to joining the Huskies, Slusarz pitched two seasons at UConn-Avery Point.
Following the 2006 season, Slusarz was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball draft. He would go on to play six seasons in the minor leagues including an impressive first year at Single-A Clinton where he compiled a 2.88 ERA in 65.2 innings of relief work. He also struck out 62 batters in 2007.
Full Day Camp:
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Day Campers and A.M. Half Day Campers arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 9:30 a.m. Defensive Skills
- 10:15 a.m. Snack Break
- 10:30 a.m. Offensive Skills
- 11:15 a.m. Games
- 12:00 p.m. A.M. Half Day Campers depart / Lunch for Day Campers (please bring your own each day)
- 12:15 p.m. P.M. Half Day Campers arrive
- 12:30 p.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 1:00 p.m. Defensive Skills
- 1:45 p.m. Snack Break
- 2:00 p.m. Offensive Skills
- 2:45 p.m. Games
- 3:30 p.m. Day Campers and P.M. Half Day Campers depart