Nike Boys Basketball Camp Millersville University Millersville, Pennsylvania
US Sports Camps and Nike Basketball Camps are pleased to add the Millersville Men's Basketball Program to our summer basketball camp network. Head Men's Coach, Fred Thompson, will direct one week of camp this summer. Coach Thompson and his experienced staff are eager to work with players from near and far that have the desire to get better!
With a long history of success on the college level, coach Thompson understands what it takes to make improvements in one's game. He has worked with a variety of different players in his coaching career and has a passion for individual skill improvement.
- Talented staff of coaches experienced in teaching basketball fundamentals
- Wide range of skill development drills
- In-depth analysis of each player's conditioning and footwork
- Discussion of nutritional goals and off-court activities to benefit on-court game
- Official NIKE Camp T-shirt
- NIKE Camp workbook and other NIKE prizes
Pucillo Gymnasium is the home to the Marauder men’s and women’s basketball teams, the wrestling team and the volleyball team. It was first completed in 1970 and dedicated in 1971 for a cost of $2 million dollars. It also underwent renovations during the summer of 2008.
The two-level seating area can hold up to 3,000. In addition to the main basketball court, there are two practice courts and three practice volleyball courts. Pucillo is also home to classrooms, a training room, rehabilitation center and the wrestling program’s practice facility.Meet your coaching staff
Three-time PSAC East Coach of the Year Fred Thompson has proven to be one of the all-time great Millersville coaches in a program that boasts many legendary leaders. Thompson enters his 16th season at Millersville in 2013-14 with a record of 239-183 (.566). He ranks third in the program’s history for career wins, and on Jan. 23, 2010, he became just the third coach in school history--and the second fastest--to 200 victories. Thompson is also one of just five head coaches in Millersville’s 110-season history to reach the 100-win milestone. His teams are 101-89 against the PSAC East and 149-63 at home during his tenure.Read Full Bio
Thompson's teams have made four appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament, won three PSAC Eastern Division titles and captured two PSAC Tournament championships. He has coached seven teams to at least 17 wins and posted four 20-win seasons.
Thompson has guided the program to three NCAA Division II East Regional title games. In 2007-08, his talented Marauders advanced to the NCAA East Regional championship game for a second consecutive season. Millersville finished 22-10 and picked up tournament victories over Edinboro and Pittsburgh-Johnstown before falling to California (Pa.). The Marauders also defeated Kutztown in the first round of the PSAC Tournament.
During the 2006-07 season, Thompson led the Marauders to the most wins in a single season in school history (28). The team’s 16-game winning streak was the third longest in school history. Thompson earned his second PSAC Tournament championship with a 79-68 victory over Cheyney and the Marauders advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals, where they lost to eventual Division II champion Barton. For leading the Marauders to the league title, Thompson earned his third PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year honor (previous awards in 2001-02, 2004-05).
The 2004-05 Marauders were picked by coaches to finish fifth in the PSAC East Division. Instead, the Marauders began the season with a 9-1 record, forged a second-place tie with rival West Chester in divisional play and unleashed an exciting PSAC Tournament run that featured wins over West Chester (61-57 in overtime, the first win at WCU since 1995) and Shippensburg, before Edinboro ended MU’s title hopes in the PSAC Championship game, 85-76.
The 2002-03 Marauders captured the program’s fourth modern-era PSAC Tournament championship -- and first since 1993 -- when they beat Mansfield, Clarion and California (Pa.) to claim the crown. Then, in the NCAA-II East Regionals in Charlotte, N.C., Thompson guided the Marauders to tourney wins over Belmont Abbey and Barton for a berth in the East Regional final before they lost to Queens.
MU’s 26-6 record in 2002-03 tied for the second-most wins in a season in school history. The Marauders captured the PSAC Eastern Division title with an 11-1 division mark and posted an undefeated record at Pucillo Gymnasium (13-0). The Marauders, who finished 20th in the final NABC Division II poll, won 19 of their final 21 games.
The 2001-02 campaign marked a breakthrough when he guided the Marauders to their first PSAC Eastern Division title since 1995. Thompson’s squad showed resilience by overcoming a 1-5 start to win 16 of its final 21 contests, including a thrilling 82-80 last-second win at Mansfield that clinched a share of the division title.
Thompson made an immediate impact on Marauder fortunes in 1998-99. Emphasizing a commitment to strong defensive play, Millersville became one of the stingiest units in the NCAA Division II and the PSAC. Opposing squads averaged only 61.2 points per game and 39.3 percent from the field against Millersville’s aggressive man-to-man approach. Subsequently, the Marauders returned to their winning ways for the first time in three years, finishing with an 18-9 overall record.
The likeable Sumter, S.C., native came to MU from Dundalk (Md.) High School near Baltimore, where he served as boys’ basketball coach during the 1997-98 academic year.
For five seasons, Thompson was head coach at Meridian (Miss.) Community College, where he posted an 84-63 record. In his first season there (1991-92), he directed Meridian to a 22-8 record, the Miss-Lou Conference championship, and a second-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 tournament. Under Thompson’s guidance, Meridian posted three Miss-Lou tournament runner-up placements. His 1994-95 squad compiled a 19-11 mark.
Thompson began his coaching career at Meridian as an assistant during the 1990-91 season. For three years (1990-93), he served as MCC residence hall director.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education, Thompson served in the U.S. Army for three years (1983-86) and was stationed at Fort Polk, La. He received an honorable discharge from the Army with the rank of Specialist E-4. Fred and his wife, Javita, reside in Columbia with their two daughters, Ahrehon and Asonti.
Damian Pitts enters his 13th season as a Millersville assistant in 2013-14. He first served the program as a graduate assistant from 1999-02 and then rejoined it in 2004 as the full-time assistant.
Pitts has been with Coach Fred Thompson for 12 of his 15 seasons at Millersville. During Pitts’ time with the program, the Marauders have posted a 182-146 record, reached three NCAA Division II Tournaments and won a PSAC Championship.
He tutored Charlie Parker to two PSAC East Player of the Year awards, Eijah Obade to a PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year award and coached 21 All-PSAC East selections. Under Pitts’ watch, Parker and Gret Testa became two of the most outstanding guards in Millersville history. Including Reggie Bates, Pitts has coached three players that now ranked in the top 10 of Millersville’s career scoring leaders.
The Laurel, Md., native earned a master’s degree in sport management from MU in 2002. Pitts received his undergraduate degree (bachelor’s in history) from Goucher College in 1998.
From 2002 to 2004, Pitts worked as event coordinator for Corrigan Sports Enterprises, a sports marketing company based in Baltimore . There, he assisted with the marketing of events, including the Baltimore Marathon, the Toyota Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, and the Charm City Challenge (high school all-star basketball exhibition).
He stayed active in basketball as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Mount Carmel High School in Essex , Md. In his second year, he helped lead Mount Carmel to a 17-10 overall record—and a noted 15-win improvement from the previous season.
Concurrently, Pitts worked for Charlie Weber Basketball, an AAU-affiliated organization. His duties included organizing NCAA compliance information and tournament administration.
Complete Skills: Camp is designed to help young players develop their fundamental skills and work on their athleticism. Camp will focus on offensive and defensive skill development through a competitive yet fun and encouraging environment. All players are encouraged to work had and make the most out of the opportunity to learn from an experienced and talented coaching staff. Each camper will learn skills at each position on the basketball court - our goal is for each camper to develop an all-around game!
Additional emphasis is placed on fundamental development in core basketball skills: shooting, dribbling, passing, moving without the ball, defensive stance, defensive team movement and more.
Upon arrival, all players are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. Players will be grouped by age and ability.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 Wake-up
- 7:30 Breakfast (Overnight campers only)
- 9:00 Extended Day Campers arrive; warm-up/stretch
- 9:15 Skill development stations
- 10:30 Coach talk
- 11:00 Competitive games (3x3, 4x4, 5x5)
- 12:15 Lunch
- 1:00 Open shoot
- 1:00 Warm-up/stretch
- 1:30 Skill development stations
- 3:00 Skill contests, hot shot, games
- 3:45 Competitive games (1x1, 2x2)
- 5:00 Free Time
- 5:30 Dinner
- 6:45 Warm-up
- 7:00 5X5 tournament games + shooting
- 9:00 Extended Day Camper Depart - Overnight Campers supervised free time
- 10:00 Lights out!
Session I check-in Sunday, July 13th between 2:00 and 3:00 PM
Closing ceremony: July, 16th at 11:30 AM
Departure: 12:00 PM, following closing ceremony
The dorms are air-conditioned.
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.