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 2017 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 fifth 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

Justin Blood enters his third season as Head coach of the University of Hartford Hawks, his first head coaching position. Blood came to Hartford by way of UConn where he served six seasons as the Huskies’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

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Last season, Blood led the Hawks to a 17-36 record, the most overall wins since 2008. The Hawks also finished with a 13-17 mark in conference action, which is the most league victories since the 1992 season (18-10). In his two seasons at Hartford, Blood has collected 33 wins and 76 losses, currently holding the highest winning percentage for a coach since Jim Bretz left the program in 1997 with a .382 (48-78-1) winning average.  

Under his tutelage, three Hawks have earned America East honors with sophomore Sean Newcomb and rookie Chris DelDebbio earning distinction this past season. Newcomb was honored for the second-straight season as he was named to the league’s First Team All-Conference. Last season, Newcomb was named to the All-Rookie squad. DelDebbio earned All-Rookie distinction this past season after leading a group of 15 freshmen in 2013 with a .279 batting average while driving in a team-best 28 runs. 2012 graduate Simon Kudernatsch joins the pair as he received Second Team accolades following his senior campaign. 

Blood also emphasizes the importance of academics within his program, evidenced by five players who have earned America East All-Academic praise, including Brady Sheetz, James Alfonso and Brian Hunter this past season and Simon Kuderntasch and Hunter following Blood’s first season at the helm. Kudernatsch and 2013 graduate Pat Knauth were also recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America with Academic All-America District 1 honors, while Kudernatsch was also named to the All-American team. 

Blood’s stint at Hartford comes after helping lead UConn to 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.

In Blood’s final season at UConn, the Huskies pitching staff finished the season with an ERA of 3.14, 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 ball club 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 UConn, Blood had 14 different pitchers drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, including five from the 2011 squad.

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 career 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.

Blood and his wife, Hannah, currently reside in Vernon, Conn., with their two children, a son, Jackson Everett, five-years-old, and daughter Harper McKenna, four-years-old.

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Steve Malinowski
Co-Director

Steve Malinowski

Steve Malinowski begins his fifth 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 the 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.