California Nike Men’s Basketball Camp Berkeley, California
US Sports Camps and Nike Basketball Camps welcome California Men's Basketball to the Nike Basketball Camp Family. California Men's Basketball lead by Coach Mike Montgomery has consistently been one of the most respected collegiate basketball programs in the country and represents the perfect opportunity for any young player to gain exposure to the highest level of college sports.
Coach Montgomery and his staff will lead an exciting and challenging week of camp for young players (ages 5-16) from June 23-26. Campers will be separated by age and ability. The California Men's Basketball Coaching Staff has a long history of working with players of all ages and abilities and helping them identify their own strengths and develop their weaknesses. Camp will focus on fundamentals for younger players and more advanced skill-development for the older more developed campers.
- High-level basketball instruction from one of college basketball's most successful coaches and staff
- Advanced skill-development drills and a strong emphasis on fundamentals
- Experienced camp staff dedicated to the improvement of each camper
- Opportunity to play on the UC Berkeley Campus
- Introduction to PAC 12 Basketball
- Official NIKE California Men's Basketball Team T-Shirt
- Coach's evaluation and certificate of completion plus other NIKE Camp prizes
One of college basketball's elite coaches, Mike Montgomery has led California to its winningest stretch in more than 50 years in his first five seasons at the helm of the Golden Bears.Read Full Bio
Under Montgomery's leadership, Cal is the only the team to have finished in the top four of the Pac-12 Conference standings OR win at least 10 league games in each of the last five seasons. The Bears have earned a postseason berth all five seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last four years, under Montgomery.
Montgomery enters the 2013-14 season as the NCAA's ninth winningest active Division I head men's basketball coach with 656 career victories in 31 seasons of collegiate coaching. Montgomery owns 272 career Pac-12 victories and is just four wins shy of tying Oregon State's Slats Gill as the third-winningest coach in conference history after passing Washington's Hec Edmundson in 2013.
The coaching icon owns a 657-302 (.685) record at the college level. He was 393-167 (.702) over 18 years at Stanford from 1987-2004 and 154-77 (.667) during the previous eight seasons at Montana. In five years at Cal, Montgomery is 109-59 (.649). Overall, 30 of his 31 teams have posted winning records.
Three Golden Bears have been voted the Pac-12 Player of the Year in the past four seasons after junior Allen Crabbe captured the honor in 2013. He joined 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Jorge Gutierrez, Crabbe, the 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle as major award winners in Montgomery's first five seasons in Berkeley. Cal has had multiple representatives on the all-conference squad in each of Montgomery's five seasons, including Crabbe and fellow junior Justin Cobbs in 2013.
Under Montgomery, Crabbe continued to develop his game, becoming one the nation's premier players at his position. Crabbe captured the Pac-12 regular-season scoring title and was named a Third Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and The Sporting News in 2013. He was selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Bears captured their first conference championship in 50 years in 2010 and placed second in the league each of the past two seasons.
After being rewarded with a contract extension by Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour prior to the 2012-13 season, Montgomery guided Cal to a 21-win campaign, a second-place conference finish, and the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The 12-seeded Bears defeated fifth-seeded UNLV in the second round of the NCAA's, falling to fourth-seeded and eventual Final Four participant Syracuse in the third round in San Jose.
A four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and recipient of a John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award, Montgomery brought a proven record of success to Berkeley following successful tenures coaching at Stanford and Montana, and a stint as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He has totaled 23 postseason appearances, claimed five conference championships and reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Montgomery became the seventh active NCAA head coach to reach 600 Division I wins during the 2010-11 season.
"Throughout his years as a head coach, Coach Montgomery has established that he understands what it takes to develop a basketball program that will compete consistently with the nation's top teams," Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said. "He has demonstrated a clear commitment to the development of student-athletes both academically and socially. He has an impeccable reputation in the industry and is recognized as a leader in the men's basketball community."
In his first season coaching the Bears in 2008-09, Montgomery took a team that was predicted to come in eighth in the Pac-10 pre-season media poll and guided Cal to a third-place finish in the conference. Montgomery also helped Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher earn All-Pac-10 first-team honors in 2009 and 2010. Under Montgomery's guidance, Randle won Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in 2010.
Montgomery took a relatively new team that was picked to finish in the lower half of the Pac-10 in 2010-11 and led the Bears to a tie for fourth place in the conference and first-round victory over Mississippi in the National Invitational Tournament.
Guided by Gutierrez and fellow senior all-conference standout Harper Kamp, Cal collected 24 victories and finished second in the conference in 2011-12.
During his tenure at Stanford, Montgomery led the Cardinal to 12 NCAA Tournament bids - including the 1998 Final Four - four NIT selections, four regular-season Pac-10 titles and the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament crown. His players earned first-team All-Pac-10 laurels 27 times and first or second team Pac-10 All-Academic notice on 25 occasions, more than double that of any other school during his years with the Cardinal.
Following the 2003-04 season, Montgomery left Stanford to become the head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, where he compiled a 68-96 record in two seasons. He then served as an assistant to the athletic director at Stanford and worked as a television commentator for two years before accepting the offer to coach at Cal. During Montgomery's career at Stanford, the Cardinal registered at least 30 wins three times, including a school-record 31 victories in 2000-01. The 1997-98 and 2003-04 teams both finished with 30 wins. Stanford reached the 20-win mark on 13 occasions under his guidance, including each of his last 10 seasons.
Those 20-victory years corresponded with an NCAA Tournament invitation each time, highlighted by a trip to the 1998 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. The third-seeded Cardinal finished the season with a 30-5 record after losing to second-seeded Kentucky, 86-85, in the NCAA semifinals. While coaching on The Farm, Montgomery garnered an assortment of honors, including the prestigious John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. The Long Beach, Calif., native was tabbed the Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year in 2000 and the Naismith and Basketball Times Coach of the Year in `04. In addition, he has been honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
Montgomery received the John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, following Dean Smith of North Carolina (1999), Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (2000), Lute Olson of Arizona (2001), Denny Crum of Louisville (2002) and Roy Williams then of Kansas (2003). The award recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal accolades. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers character, coaching philosophy, graduation rate of student-athletes, success on the court and identification with the goals of the Wooden Award. Three student-athletes under Montgomery's tutelage have been named Wooden All-Americans (Todd Lichti in 1989, Mark Madsen in 2000 and Casey Jacobsen in 2001).
While Stanford advanced to the 1998 NCAA Final Four, its 2000-01 team is also recognized as one of the best in Cardinal history. Montgomery guided the Cardinal to a 31-3 record, a third straight Pac-10 title and a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. During the year, Stanford set or tied 13 Pac-10 and school records, including team marks for wins (31) and scoring average (83.2). The Cardinal led the nation in field goal percentage (51.1%) and ranked in the top eight in the country in six statistical categories.
Montgomery's teams have also been noted for their defense, with five of his final eight Stanford squads leading the Pac-10 in fewest points allowed, including the 1999-2000 team that surrendered just 59.7 ppg.
Inheriting a Stanford program that had not advanced to the NCAA Tournament since winning the national title in 1942, Montgomery quickly had the Cardinal on the winning track. In his second year on The Farm, he piloted his charges to a 21-12 mark and an NIT invitation, becoming the first Stanford men's basketball team in 46 years to reach postseason play. A year later, the Cardinal earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, finishing with a 26-7 record.
Montgomery's expertise helped eight Stanford players move on to NBA careers as first-round draft choices: Curtis Borchardt, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Adam Keefe, Brevin Knight, Lichti, Madsen and Jacobsen.
Before helping Stanford's ascend to the national stage, Montgomery oversaw the Montana program for eight years (1978-86). His teams averaged 19 wins per year, never had a losing season and earned two NIT selections. Montgomery guided the Grizzlies to five runner-up finishes in the Big Sky Conference and won at least 20 games each of his last four seasons.
Prior to accepting the head position at Montana, Montgomery served as an assistant coach there for two years. While he was with the Grizzlies, the university had four players drafted by the NBA: John Schroeder, Derrick Pope, Marc Glass and Larry Krystkowiak.
In addition, Montgomery has been an assistant coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Colorado State, the Citadel, Florida and Boise State.
Montgomery's proven track record caught the attention of USA Basketball, and he has been a member of national team staffs on several occasions. He served as an assistant coach for the United States at the 2002 World Basketball Championships, and in 1996, he was named head coach of the USA Men's 22-and-Under Select team. That year, Montgomery was chosen the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year and the USOC Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year. The 15th men's basketball head coach in Cal history, Montgomery earned his bachelor's of arts in physical education at Long Beach State in 1968. He received a master's degree in physical education from Colorado State in 1976. In 2002, Montgomery was named to the Long Beach State Hall of Fame.
Montgomery and his wife, Sarah, have two grown children, John and Anne.
Travis DeCuire is in his sixth season on the California coaching staff and his second as the Golden Bears’ associate head coach. Regarded as one of the top mentors in the game, DeCuire has helped transform Cal into one of the winningest programs in the Pac-12 Conference during his time in Berkeley.
He has played an important role in the development of several all-conference standouts, including the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year and 2011 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe, 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez, as well as 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle. The Bears have reached the postseason all five years with DeCuire on staff.
DeCuire previously spent five years as an assistant coach at Old Dominion, where he helped the Monarchs to a combined 117-53 record. The mark included 94 wins his final four years, most in school history over a four-year stretch. ODU reached the postseason each of those four years, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2007. In addition, the Monarchs reached the National Invitation Tournament semifinals in 2006 and the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational in 2008.
ODU's best overall record came in 2004-05 when the Monarch's finished 28-6 overall. They also won 24 games each of the next two seasons, posting marks of 24-10 in 2006 and 24-9 in '07.
A former star point guard at Montana, DeCuire has head coaching experience from stints at Sammamish High School and Green River Community College in Washington.
Prior to joining the staff at Old Dominion, he had two successful years as head coach at Green River Community College in Seattle. After taking over a last-place program in 2001-02, DeCuire guided the team to a conference championship and its first 20-win season in over 20 years, earning league Coach of the Year honors in 2003 to cap off his second season.
DeCuire earlier served as head coach at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, leading the school to two conference titles, a state tournament appearance and three consecutive trips to the district tournament.
As a player, DeCuire played point guard for Montana from 1991-94 and earned All-Big Sky honors his junior and senior years. In addition to being a two-time team MVP, he set the school's all-time assist record with 435 and the single-season mark with 199 assists in 1993-94.
With a strong commitment to community service, DeCuire founded and acted as president of the Fastbreak Basketball Association, an organization that assists in teaching life lessons and building self-esteem through basketball to more than 500 students in the Seattle-Tacoma area. In addition, he has extensive experience in counseling with the Echo Glen Children's Center in Snoqualmie, Wash., from 1996-98 and with the Ryther Children's Center in North Seattle from 1995-97.
DeCuire graduated from Montana in 1994 with a degree in business marketing. He and his wife, Sabrina, have two daughters; Brianna (21) and Tamia (3).
Gregg Gottlieb is in his seventh season at California and his 19th as a college basketball coach at the Division I level. He primarily works with the Golden Bears' post players, while heading the program's recruiting efforts.
Gottlieb joined the Cal staff prior to the 2007-08 season after eight years at San Diego State. He has a proven track record of coaching success, working with teams that have reached the postseason in 10 of the past 12 years, including six NCAA Tournament berths at California and San Diego State. The Golden Bears have earned postseason berths all six seasons with Gottlieb on staff.
During his tenure at San Diego State, Gottlieb helped guide the Aztecs to four postseason berths - two NCAA and two NIT appearances. With Gottlieb on staff, SDSU earned a postseason berth for the first time in 17 years in 2001-02 with the Aztecs recording 21 victories and reaching the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2005-06, the Aztecs were 24-9 overall and 13-3 in the MWC, capturing both the league's regular-season and tournament titles, as well as an NCAA Tournament bid. SDSU also advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2007, compiling a 22-11 mark. San Diego State's 2010-11 team, which featured three senior starters comprised of Gottlieb's final recruiting class with the Aztecs, finished 34-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament sweet sixteen.
Gottlieb has recruited and coached a number of all-conference players The list includes All-Mountain West honorees Marcus Slaughter, Brandon Heath and Mohamed Abukar at San Diego State and All-Pac-10 selection and the 2011-12 NBA Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson, 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Jorge Gutierrez, as well as 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe at California.
Gottlieb started his coaching career as an assistant at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he was part of staff that helped turn the program around from a one-win season in 1994-95 to a 16-win campaign in 1995-96. In 1997, Gottlieb moved to Sacramento State, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He then joined the San Diego State staff in 1999 under head coach Steve Fisher.
On the court, Gottlieb was a standout performer at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif., and a two-year letterman at Drake University in Iowa. After his playing career, he returned to California and earned his bachelor's degree in history with a minor in business from UCLA in 1995. He received an MBA from Cal Poly in 1997.
Gottlieb comes from an athletic family, as his father, Bob, is a former college coach who worked under Hall of Famer Jack Hartman at Kansas State and Eddie Sutton at Creighton. Bob Gottlieb was also head coach at Jacksonville and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His brother, Doug, was a standout guard at Oklahoma State and currently serves as a basketball analyst for CBS Sports.
Gottlieb and his wife, Mandy, have three children, Gage (7), Tess (5) and Quinn (3).
John Montgomery is in his sixth season with the Golden Bears and his third as an assistant coach. Prior to his elevation to the coaching staff, Montgomery served three seasons as Cal's director of basketball operations.
Montgomery primarily works with the team's guards where he helped develop the last two Pac-12 Player of the Year honorees in Allen Crabbe (2013) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012) as well as two-time all-conference standout Justin Cobbs. Montgomery also plays an important role in the program's recruiting and scouting of opponents along with his regular coaching responsibilities during practices and games.
In his first two years on the coaching staff, the Bears have totaled 45 victories, finished second in the Pac-12 Conference each season and recorded a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to his elevation, Montgomery coordinated all recruiting activities, oversaw team travel, served as the staff liaison to visiting teams and worked with a variety of aspects of Cal's summer camps programs during his three seasons as the program's director of operations.
Before joining the California men's basketball program, Montgomery spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., under then head coach Jeff Jackson.
As a player, Montgomery was a four-year letterwinner, playing point guard at Loyola Marymount. During his senior year, he helped the Lions to the Great Alaska Shootout championship game, making a three-pointer and adding three assists in the final against Cal. For the year, Montgomery started 12 of 30 contests and averaged 5.5 ppg and 2.4 apg. He poured in a career-high 20 points, dished out eight assists and went 3-for-6 from three-point range against Pepperdine. He also helped the Lions beat a nationally-ranked Gonzaga squad on ESPN, scoring 12 points and making three free throws in the last minute to seal the victory.
A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Montgomery earned his bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in business administration from Loyola Marymount University in 2007.
Camp instruction includes position specific training, fundamental skill development, and drills concentrating on shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defensive techniques. Game play focuses on overall skill development, incorporating all aspects of the game. Players are grouped according to both age and ability levels, placing players of similar abilities and positions in the same group.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:15 Arrival/Check-in
- 8:30 Camp introduction/Set agenda for the day
- 8:40 Dynamic "Cal Bear" warm-up
- 9:00 Skill development stations (offensive/defensive)
- 10:30 Competitive games
- 11:30 Shooting drills
- 12:00 Lunch/Free Shoot
- 12:50 Warm-up
- 1:00 Skill development stations (offensive/defensive)
- 1:45 Lecture (from coach, player, friend of the program)
- 2:30 Pac 12 tournament games
- 3:25 Day recap
- 3:30 Dismissal
MON June 23 at 8:15 AM
MON-THURS 8:30-3:30 PM
THUR: June 26 at 3:15 PM
Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony of camp.
Lunch is not included. Please bring your own lunch. We will also have a concession stand open for lunch and drink purchases.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in on the first day of camp.