Nike Baseball Camp University of Hartford

Nike Baseball Camp University of Hartford
Nike Baseball Camp University of Hartford

NIKE Baseball Camps is thrilled to be returning to University of Hartford. Camp is scheduled to run for four days in 2016 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 fouth season as the head coach of the Hartford Hawks. He is excited to help campers improve their baseball skills! 

Highlights Include

  • 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
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Justin Blood
Camp Director

Justin Blood

In just three seasons, head baseball Coach Justin Blood led the University of Hartford baseball team to a school record 31 wins and the program's first appearance in the America East Championship in 18 years during the 2014 season. Blood, who will begin his fifth season in 2016, came to Hartford by way of UConn where he served six seasons as the Huskies’ pitching coach and...

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In four seasons, Blood has amassed 87 career victories, the second most since the Hawks moved to Division I in 1985. Overall, Blood holds a 87-130 record (.401) including 46 victories in America East play. The 31 wins and .574 winning percentage in 2014 were the highest since 1988 when the Hawks finished 29-12 (.707). Bloods career .401 winning percentage is the highest for a coach since Moe Marhardt left the program in 1994 with a .438 (42-54) average over two seasons.

Under his tutelage, nine Hawks have earned America East honors highlighted by Newcomb who was named the 2014 America East Pitcher of the Year, the first ever major athletic award for the Hartford baseball team. In addition to Pitcher of the Year accolades, Newcomb was named All-Conference for the third-straight season, including First Team honors in his last season. Blood has had a player named to the All-Rookie team in each of his four seasons at Hartford while ten other players have received All-Conference accolades. 

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Steve Malinowski
Co-Director

Steve Malinowski

Steve Malinowski begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford. Prior to Hartford, Malinowski spent four seasons on the coaching staff at UConn alongside Justin Blood. Malinowski serves as the recruiting coordinator and primary hitting coach, while he will work on field with the catchers.

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Under Malinowski, the Hawks saw a 12-percentage point rise in team batting average (.264) last season, up from .252 in 2014. The team also improved on other stats across the board, logging higher totals in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, and a higher on-base percentage. The team also saw a decrease in the number of strikeouts from 2014.

At UConn, Malinowski was 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 UConn, Malinowski spent one season as an assistant at Bryant University. That followed a season as a student assistant coach under Jim Penders at UConn.

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 UConn, 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.

A native of Kensington, Conn., Malinowski graduated from UConn with a degree in coaching and administration in 2007.

Elliot Glynn
Assistant Coach

Elliot Glynn

Elliot Glynn begins his second season as an assistant coach under Blood. Glynn, came to Hartford from Siena College where he was an assistant coach with the Saints. Glynn spent...

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Elliot Glynn begins his second season as an assistant coach under Blood. Glynn, came to Hartford from Siena College where he was an assistant coach with the Saints. Glynn spent his first season working with the Hawks pitching staff.

Glynn, who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, was a two-time captain for the UConn Huskies, including leading the squad that advanced to the Super Regionals in 2011. One year prior to that, Glynn helped the Huskies to a school-record 48 wins as UConn went on to host an NCAA Regional in Norwich, Conn.

As a freshman designated hitter, Glynn was named All-New England and in 2010 received Second Team All-Big East and All-New England distinction as a pitcher. He also played two seasons in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League where he was selected to play in the 2009 All-Star game at Fenway Park.

Glynn was drafted three times before signing with the Brewers. He spent two seasons in the Brewers' farm system before playing one year in Germany. 

Tim DeJohn
Staff

Tim DeJohn

Tim DeJohn is entering his first season as volunteer assistant baseball coach under Justin Blood. DeJohn joins Hartford after working as the associate head coach at Southington High School...

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Tim DeJohn is entering his first season as volunteer assistant baseball coach under Justin Blood. DeJohn joins Hartford after working as the associate head coach at Southington High School (CT) with responsibilities as the infield, first base, and catchers coach.

In his five seasons at Southington, DeJohn helped lead the team to four CCC Conference Championships, five consecutive State Semi-Finals appearances, and three State Finals appearances in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The program achieved a .760 winning percentage, while producing 20 collegiate players and 2 Major League Baseball draft picks. 

During his tenure at Southington High School, Tim also served as the associate head coach for the Southington Shockers, a Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League team. His primary responsibilities were working with the infielders and coaching first base.

Tim began his high school coaching experience when he took an assistant coaching position with Plainville High School (CT) for three seasons. There he helped lead the squad to a State Championship and the number one overall ranking in 2008. As a head coach, DeJohn led the Plainville Junior League team to a State Championship and an appearance in the 2008 Eastern Regionals.  In the summer, he is currently a head coach for the Team Connecticut Baseball organization.
After a four-year playing career at Western Connecticut State University which saw him place second all-time in number of games pitched in a single season (20 appearances in 2006 as a senior), DeJohn served as an assistant coach in the Spring of 2007, tasked with coaching the outfielders.  
 

Camp Details

All aspects of the game are covered from hitting, fielding, baserunning, along with team offense and defense. Games are played daily. Individual and small group instruction by position. 

More Important Camp Details

CHECK-IN

  • Full Day: Check-in takes place between 8:45-9:00am Monday to Thursday at Fiondella Field 

  • A.M. Half Day: Check-in takes place between 8:45-9:00am Monday to Thursday at Fiondella Field 

  • P.M. Half Day: Check-in takes place between 12:15-12:30pm Monday to Thursday at Fiondella Field 

CHECK-OUT

  • Full Day: Check-out takes place at 3:30pm Monday to Thursday at Fiondella Field 

  • A.M. Half Day: Check-out takes place at 12:00pm Monday to Thursday at Fiondella Field 

  • P.M. Half Day: Check-out takes place at 3:30pm Monday to Thursday at Fiondella Field  

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms for the state of Connecticut does require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

AGES

  • Full day: 12-18

  • Half day: 8-12​

PLEASE BRING

  • Cleats

  • Sneakers

  • Glove

  • Water Bottle

  • Lunch (if full day)

  • Sneakers

  • Glove

  • Water Bottle/Snack

Camp Code: BAXDUH

Facilities

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.

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

Camper Reviews

Parent

  • 5/5.
He enjoyed scrimmaging the most

"My son had a great time and he/we have recommended this camp to other Colchester, CT residents. He enjoyed scrimmaging the most."

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Camper

  • 5/5.
Coach Blood is great!

"I really loved Coach Blood's techniques in coaching baseball."

Parent

  • 5/5.
The Staff/Camper Ratio was Perfect

"My son had a great time at camp. It was well organized and the staff was friendly. The Slip-n-Slide drill was very creative. The staff/camper ratio was perfect. My son will be back next year.

Day Camper

  • 5/5.
Can't Wait for Next Year

"The NIKE Baseball Camp was so much fun! I got to work with college coaches and meet new friends. I can't wait to for next year."

Parent

  • 5/5.
Money well Spent!

"The week at NIKE Baseball Camp was money well spent. My son learned new skills and the coach's were so encouraging his confidence improved too!"

Parent

  • 5/5.
The Camp was Wonderful!

"The camp was WONDERFUL. We are locals but I can't imagine sending my son to any other big campus camp that would measure up to this one!"

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 12 - 15
Gender: Boys
Day 9 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. $295.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 8 - 12
Gender: Boys
Half 9 A.M. - 12 P.M. $165.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.