Nike Girls Basketball Camp University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Nike Girls Basketball Camp University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Nike Girls Basketball Camp University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Head Women's Basketball Coach Phil Stern lends his Division 1 experience, directing the Nike Girls Basketball Camps at UMBC! Attend the shooting camp to perfect your shot, the complete skills camp to fine tune your game or both camps to become the ultimate all-around player!

The Shooting Camp emphasizes technique, footwork, shooting drills, shooting off the dribble, shooting off the pass, shooting games, free throw shooting, and post/perimeter shooting.

The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.

Highlights Include

  • College-style instruction, lectures and team games
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental shooting development, team play and more
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt, NIKE Workbook and other great prizes!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Phil Stern
Camp Director

Phil Stern

Phil Stern enters his 15th year as UMBC’s head women’s basketball coach. 2015-16 was another historical year for Stern at UMBC as the Retrievers returned to the postseason for the first time since 2011 with a trip to the WBI Tournament.

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In a 61-49 victory over Fairfield in the first round, the team entered the history books with the program’s first postseason win. Stern also saw two of his players garner America East end-of-the-year awards with Taylor McCarley, the team’s first First Team All-Conference selection since 2011-12, and All-Conference Second Team honoree Pandora Wilson. 

Stern had a prestigious 2014-15 campaign with the Retrievers, earning his 250th career victory, and his 150th win at the helm of UMBC to become the program’s all-time wins leader. UMBC, who owned the youngest roster in the America East in 2013-14, improved upon last season’s performance, returning to the America East Championship semifinals for the first time since 2012 and the fourth time in the Retrievers’ 12 seasons in the league. Stern was rewarded by Director of Athletics Tim Hall with a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Retrievers through the 2018-19 season.

Stern led the Retrievers to their second-highest seeding ever in the America East Championships during the 2012-13 season, entering the tournament as the third seed, and in 2011-12 helped the Dawgs become only the second No. 5-seed to ever make it to the AEC championship game.

Stern was named the 2011 America East Coach of the Year after guiding the Retrievers, who were picked to finish fifth in the America East preseason poll, to their first-ever America East regular-season title and a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. UMBC went 20-12, matching the school record with 20 wins – the most in the program’s 25-year Division I era – and its 13-3 mark in league play was its best in eight seasons in the conference.

After starting the season 1-5, Stern’s squad finished strong, going 19-7 over the last 26 games and winning the final six America East contests en route to the regular-season crown. The Retrievers consistently received votes in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll over the last six weeks of the season.

UMBC earned the top seed in the America East Championship and defeated No. 8 Stony Brook before falling to eventual champion Hartford in the semifinals. The Retrievers earned the conference’s automatic berth to the WNIT, where they gave the University of Florida a run for its money, leading the Gators at halftime, before falling, 59-47.

The WNIT was not the first time that Stern has led the Retrievers to the postseason. In 2007, UMBC became the first team in America East Conference history to defeat the top three teams in the league standings en route to winning the league championship. The Retrievers knocked off No. 2 Stony Brook in the quarterfinals before defeating No. 3 Vermont in the semifinals and finally stunning top-seeded and defending champion Hartford in the championship to bring home the program’s first-ever conference title.

UMBC advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time and drew top-seeded Connecticut, one of the most storied programs in women’s basketball history. Stern’s squad hung with the Huskies for most of the first half and was down only nine with five minutes to play in the period before UConn pulled away.

Stern earned both his 100th win at UMBC and his 200th career victory in 15 seasons as head coach during the 2010-11 season. He is just the second head coach in UMBC women’s basketball history to reach the century mark, while he joins Hartford’s Jennifer Rizzotti as the only active America East coaches with 200 career wins.

Stern oversaw one of the top defensive teams in the nation in 2010-11. UMBC ranked 16th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a .352 clip, and ranked 33rd in scoring defense, allowing just 56.0 points per game – the second-best mark in school history.

Stern’s revitalization of the UMBC program began when he took over the team in August 2002, inheriting a senior-laden squad. After failing to make the eight-team Northeast Conference Tournament the previous season, the Retrievers followed Stern’s lead to their first-ever league title game. After starting the 2002-03 campaign just 3-9 while adjusting to Stern’s Princeton-style offense, UMBC finished strong, posting an 11-7 mark over the final 18 games.

The Retrievers also finished that season as one of the top defensive and ball-handling teams in the country, ranking third in turnovers per game (12.1) and 10th in scoring defense (55.2 ppg allowed) in the NCAA’s final statistics. Both marks were enormous leaps from just a year earlier.

But UMBC made the jump to the America East Conference in 2003-04 and sustained several years of growing pains while adapting to the much-stronger league which ranked 10 spots ahead of the NEC in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) poll. The extremely young Retrievers – who had lost all five starters, including two 1,000-point scorers, from the previous year’s NEC runner-up team – combined to win 12 games from 2003-05.

Despite the struggles, Stern had planted the seeds for the growth of the program into the new league, as his freshman class from 2003-04 averaged one-third of the team’s scoring, and the Retrievers were led on the boards by a rookie. Despite the record, UMBC ranked 21st in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (6.9) and set single-game school records for field goal percentage (.674), 3-pointers (14) and 3-point percentage (.636).

During the 2004-05 campaign, Stern developed Matea Pender into one of the best shooters in the nation from outside the arc, as she finished the season ranked third in the country in 3-point field goal percentage.

And a year later, Stern finally began to reap the benefits of his team’s development, as UMBC tallied 15 wins in 2005-06 and secured its first winning season in 12 years. The Retrievers finished fifth in the conference standings, shocking league foes who had predicted UMBC to finish last in the preseason poll. The success came while the America East was ranked 11th in the RPI poll.

The 2005-06 team set school records for 3-point field goal percentage and assists in a season. Since his arrival, Stern’s squads have been some of the top shooting teams in UMBC history, as the top seven marks for 3-pointers in a season were set during his tenure, including a school- and America East Conference-record 223 in 2007-08. In addition, three of his eight teams have held opponents under 60.0 points per game.

In 2008-09, Stern dropped the Princeton-style offense, which he had run in each of his first six seasons at UMBC, in favor of a more up-tempo system. The Retrievers, who featured one of the youngest rosters in the country with 13 underclassmen and no seniors, scored more than 2,000 points for just the second time in school history, and Carlee Cassidy became the first player in nearly a decade to lead the America East in scoring in back-to-back seasons.

Prior to joining UMBC, Stern served as head coach at USC Aiken in Aiken, S.C., from 1998-2002. His team finished with a 5-22 record in his inaugural season but posted the program’s first winning campaign since 1993-94 in his second (1999-2000), and by his third year (2000-01) he had developed the Lady Pacers into a 22-7 squad and the Peach Belt Conference North Division champs.

The following year, Stern’s team successfully defended its title while winning the Peach Belt Conference regular season and earning an NCAA Division II Tournament berth. Over his final two years at USC Aiken, Stern’s teams went a combined 59-25.

Stern was named Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002), as well as WBCA District-III Coach of the Year in 2002.

It was also at USC Aiken where Stern really started to run the Princeton-style offense, a system of play he has mastered and one that only a handful of programs attempt to run. Predicated on backdoor cuts and tempo control, the Princeton offense has been effective in frustrating opponents. To run the system, Stern must find the right personnel, and he targets players who are students of the game, meaning they are able to read the defense, make precise passes and shoot and handle the ball at any position on the court.

Stern’s collegiate head coaching career began at Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y., where he was the architect of the revival of the women’s basketball program that had produced 22 combined wins in the previous three years before his arrival. Stern led the Lady Lions to a 16-12 record and the school’s first winning season in his inaugural campaign (1996-97), and followed it up with another winning record a year later before leaving for Aiken. His teams posted a 30-25 mark in his two years at Dowling.

Stern began his coaching career at Holy Child High School in Westbury, N.Y., where he compiled a 52-13 mark with three conference titles and three state tournament bids in his three seasons at the helm.

Maybe even more impressive than Stern’s coaching success is his team’s dedication in the classroom and the community. The Retrievers posted the third-highest grade-point average (3.578) in the nation among NCAA Division I women’s basketball teams during the 2009-10 academic year. That season, all 11 team members were recognized on the America East Honor Roll for earning a GPA of 3.0 or better during the spring semester, with seven student-athletes garnering Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for earning at least a 3.5. The Retrievers repeated in the WBCA Academic Top 25 in 2011, ranking 20th in all of Division I. In addition, senior Michelle Kurowski earned a number of academic honors, including America East Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Capitol One Academic All-District First Team, while Erin Voss, a four-year team member, was the salutatorian of UMBC’s Class of 2007 and went on to graduate from University of Wisconsin medical school.

The academic success of Stern’s squads began before UMBC, as his USC Aiken team excelled in the classroom, as well, ranking 14th in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 for Division II with a 3.429 GPA during the 2000-01 season.

In the community, Stern’s program is one of the most active in the entire athletic department. In addition to making school visits, hosting clinics and mentoring at local elementary and middle schools, the women’s basketball team, along with UMBC’s community outreach program, has welcomed an average of 1,200 elementary and middle school students to UMBC to tour the campus and watch the Retrievers play in their annual Midday Madness game in each of the last eight seasons.

A native of Oceanside, N.Y., Stern graduated from Concordia College in 1994 with a bachelor of arts degree in business education. He currently resides in Baltimore. Stern is married to Ashley Cieplicki who is currently the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Rutgers Newark.

Camp Details


Shooting Camp: June 23rd-25th
Complete Skills Camp: June 25th-29th


Shooting Camp
All Campers Check-in: Friday between 4PM-5PM
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Sunday at 11:30AM. Check-out immediately following.

Complete Skills Camp
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 3PM-4PM
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 11:30AM. Check-out immediately following.

*Campers attending both sessions will be supervised and provided activities between check-out and check-in on Sunday (12PM-3PM) at no additional fee. 

More Important Camp Details

Shooting Camp and Complete Skills Camp: Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates

Campers will reside in the dorms on campus. Campers stay 2 per room in a 2 room suite (each suite houses 4 people) and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Yes
Pool: Yes
Room Key Deposit: $75
Suggested Spending Money: $40


There will be optional swim time throughout the week for extended day and overnight campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).


Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


Shooting Camp: Extended Day Campers

On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.

♦ Extended Day Campers stay until 9PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-9PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-12PM. 
♦ Meals not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: FRI 5PM-9PM, SAT 9AM-9PM, SUN 9AM-12PM

Swimming: There will be optional swim time throughout the week for extended day and overnight campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).


Complete Skills Camp: Extended Day Campers

On the first day of camp, all day and extended day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.

♦ Extended Day Campers stay until 9PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-9PM. 
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

♦ All Camper Hours are 9AM-12PM.
♦ Meals not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: SUN 3PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-12PM

Swimming: There will be optional swim time throughout the week for extended day and overnight campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).


Complete Skills Camp: Day Campers

On the first day of camp, all day and extended day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.

♦ Day Campers stay until 8:30PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.

♦ Day Camper Hours are 9AM-4PM. 
♦ Lunch is provided.

♦ All Camper Hours are 9AM-12PM.
♦ Meals not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: SUN 3PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-4PM, THURS 9AM-12PM


Campers Attending Both Sessions

Campers attending both the Weekend Shooting Camp (Session I) and Complete Skills Camp (Session II) will be supervised and provided lodging on Sunday, June 28th, at no additional fee. It is not required for parents/guardians to attend the Complete Skills Camp (Session II) check-in on Sunday between 3PM-5PM if their child attended the Weekend Shooting Camp (Session I).

Camper Evaluation

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following.


Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.

Registration Packet

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. 


We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.

Group Discounts

If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.

  • To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
  • To register your team via mail/fax: Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


The Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena was originally opened in 1973 as the UMBC Fieldhouse, and has since been renamed. The arena has a 4,024 spectator seating capacity and serves as the main competition venue for the men's and women's varsity basketball teams and the women's varsity volleyball team. The Arena contains chair-back seats on the lower level and bleacher-style seating on the mezzanine level. In addition, the Arena has recently had two state-of-the-art scoreboard display boards added, with one board having graphics display capabilities for showing highlights of the game and other promotional activities. The Arena is surrounded by a 1/10-mile indoor track and also houses the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Wake-up, shower
  • 7:45 AM Breakfast (Overnight campers only)
  • 9:00 AM Day and Extended Day Campers arrive; Stretching and conditioning
  • 9:15 AM Instructional stations
  • 10:30 AM Lecture
  • 11:00 AM Full-court games
  • 12:00 PM Lunch, rest
  • 1:00 PM Team practice
  • 2:00 PM Full-court games
  • 3:00 PM Drills, stations
  • 4:00 PM Skill contests; Day Campers depart
  • 5:00 PM Free time
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM Back to gym, league games
  • 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
  • 10:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights Out!

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
It was an awesome experience for my daughter

I love that my daughter has become more confident on the basketball court! I can already see improvement in her game. I liked the whole camp. It was an awesome experience for my daughter.

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Rachel K.Camper

  • 5/5.
This is my favorite camp of the summer!!!!!

This is my favorite camp of the summer!!!!! I love all the counselors and the instruction is very good! I go to this camp every summer and always have a blast!!! I liked it when the shooting camp and the skills camp were back to back.I can't wait until next year!!!

Yvonne R.Parent

  • 5/5.
My daughter really enjoyed one on one time with her two coaches.

My daughter really enjoyed one on one time with her two coaches. The coaches were energetic and inspiring...My daughter was inspired by one of them by her impressive resume and being able to relate that to her and being able to show her the skills. Very positive and left a good impression for her that success is an option!!!

Makaala A.Camper

  • 5/5.
This camp really gave me the inspiration to work harder.

I have played basketball for almost 4 years, but this camp really gave me the inspiration to work harder and take the game more serious. I have a new understanding of the physical commitment required of me to succeed.

Ava F.Camper

  • 4/5.
The food was amazing.

The food was amazing and so were the people who coach there. they were kind and funny. I loved it. I can't wait until next year!

Danielle C.Camper

  • 5/5.
It really was an awesome, memorable camp.

I really enjoyed basketball camp because of the friendly staff and all of the techniques that I learned in a relaxing environment. It really was an awesome, memorable camp.

  • 5/5.
"Just Do It"

My daughter enjoyed making new friends and enjoyed the extended day format. Food was very good. My daughter especially enjoyed the intensity of training while maintaining motivation and inspiration. The Nike team / counselors were positive role model who walk the talk "Just Do It". Thank you so much!

  • 4/5.
Our coach was engaged and positive.

I really liked how our team members got to know each other better and play together better by the end of camp. We got more supportive of each other. I also thought our coach was really good, engaged, and positive.

  • 5/5.
This camp was so fun!

My experience at this camp was amazing! All of the counselors were very energetic and knowledgeable. I had tons of fun! The facilities campers used were nice and kept in good shape. I would definitely recommend this camp to others!

  • 5/5.
Fabulous camp staff

As a parent, I must say that all of the camp staff was so kind, helpful, and patient not only with the girls attending but also with the parents. They were so willing to help with anything, even the luggage. The camp staff should be commended, and my daughter will definitely be coming back next year and so on. Thank you.

  • 4/5.
All of the coaches were nice

All of the coaches were nice and took the time to answer question not only of the campers but the parents as well. My daughter had a blast and will likely attend a future Nike camp.

  • 5/5.
The Counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating

The counselors/coaches were incredibly daughter would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again.

  • 5/5.
Hats off to the directors

My daughter loved the camp! I was very impressed with her improvement and much more impressed with the messages delivered to the girls regarding the importance of education. Overall, it was an amazing experience for my daughter! Hats off to the directors!! 

  • 5/5.
This basketball camp was their favorite

Both of my girls had a lot of fun at the Nike Basketball Camp. Of the three basketball camps they participated in this summer, they really enjoyed this one the most. They loved hanging out and eating in the dining halls with the older players and of course the fun skills! 

Roxy FritzCamper

  • 4/5.
Thank you for a wonderful week.

I'd like to thank the staff of the UMBC campus for making sure we had fun we were safe and secure thank you for a wonderful week of basketball camp.

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.