Manhattanville College Nike Field Hockey Camp Purchase, New York
Join head coach, Kevin Kelly, at Manhattanville College this summer and receive outstanding field hockey training.
Camp is designed as a Preseason Training Camp to get campers ready for the upcoming fall season. Campers receive maximum development through game situation, 7 on 7 games and full field matches (as permitted). Hone in on your skills, get in mental game mode, and prepare for the pace and rigor of preseason training and, most importantly, your fall season. Above all, it is a fun, exhilarating way to get game ready. Give yourself the edge over your peers when you step onto the field for your middle school or high school fall try outs!
Camp is open to individuals and teams.
- Minimum of five hours of instruction daily
- Instruction from prominent college and high school coaches as well as former or current collegiate athletes
- Partner Camp and sanctioned to make referrals to the US Field Hockey Futures program
- 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Special goalkeeping instruction
- Personal evaluations from your coach
- Reversible jersey, STX water bottle and STX ball
- STX sticks are awarded as prizes
Kevin Kelly completed his fifth season at the helm of the Manhattanville field hockey program in 2012, continuing the task of returning the Valiants to their position as a conference and regional power.
In 2012, Kelly led the team to an overall record of 11-8 including a six-game winning streak between late-September and mid-October outscoring opponents 29-16. During the stretch Manhattanville won three straight overtime victories over Misericordia, Hartwick and Wilkes all on game-winners by junior Amanda DeChent. The junior finished with one of the greatest season's in program history after recording single-season records for points with 73, goals with 30 and game-winning tallies with seven.
After the conclusion of the season, DeChent was named the team's first-ever NFHCA first-team All-American, after also being named the Freedom Conference Player of the Year. DeChent along with teammates Melissa Goncalves and Kayla Meenan were also named to the Freedom All-Conference Team at the end of the year.
In his fourth season with the Valiants, Kelly delivered Manhattanville to a Freedom Conference Championship appearance for the first time, as the Valiants made the conference semifinals as the fourth seed. The team came out of the gates hot, tying the program record for best nine-game start to a season with an 8-1 mark that saw the Valiants outscore their opponents by a 34-14 margin. After the season, four Valiants were named to the All-Freedom Conference second team, the most All-Conference honorees since the program's first year in the conference in 2003. DeChent had a great first season with the team, ranking second in program history with 36 points as the first player in Valiant history to average more than two points per game.
In 2010, Kelly nearly guided the Valiants to a winning record despite fielding a roster with just four upperclassmen and only one senior, posting a 9-10 overall mark. The most exciting game of the year came later at DeSales, when the Valiants tied the score late and Megan Greene tallied the game-winner with only five seconds left in overtime. Although no Valiants were named All-Conference, Kayla Meenan had one of the best statistical seasons in program history in 2010, as she ranked second on the school's single-season points list with 33 (11 goals, 11 assists).
Manhattanville posted a 7-11 record in Kelly’s second season as head coach in 2009, providing a solid base for future successes. The team’s potential was evident in the season-opening 6-3 win over Keystone College in which five of the team’s six tallies came from freshmen. A trio of Valiants – Jen Ascencio, Maura Bruen and Lauren Rutledge – earned All-Conference honors from the Freedom Conference after the 2009 season, as all three players were named to the second team.
In his first season as a collegiate head coach, Kelly guided the Valiants to a 6-12 record. The team faced a very difficult schedule that featured five nationally ranked opponents, falling to three of those teams by a single goal. In all, 10 of the Valiants' 18 matches in 2008 were decided by one goal, including five of the team's six wins.
Kelly came to Manhattanville from Rye High School, where he served as the head coach of the varsity field hockey team for 30 years. He experienced unparalleled success at the school, posting a career record of 391-56-9 (.867), and built a resume that includes four New York State championships, five regional titles and nearly 20 league championships.
Individually, Kelly was a three-time Section 1 Coach of the Year and in his final season was named the 2007 Journal News Coach of the Year. Kelly, whose Rye program was named the "Team of the Decade" by New York State, finished his high school career with the second-highest win total among active New York coaches.
Amanda DeChent, Manhattanville College, Junior, Putnam Valley, N.Y.
An NFHCA First-Team All-America selection and an NFHCA All-South Atlantic Region first-team pick . DeChent was named the Freedom Conference Player of the Year, an All-Conference First-Team selection and Manhattanville's Female Athlete of the Year
DeChent finished the 2012 season with 30 goals and 13 assists for 73 points, both new Manhattanville and Freedom Conference single-season records for goals and points. DeChent finished the regular season tied for second in Division III in points, third in goals and goals per game, fourth in points per game, and 16th in assists. After only two seasons, already ranks first on the school's career goals and points marks with 43 and 109, respectively. DeChent finished the year with seven game-winning goals, setting a new single-season record.
Camp Code: FHGDMT
Camp runs from 9am-3pm daily. Lunch is not provided. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch with them each day.
Check-in: between 8:30-9:00am on Monday, August 12th
Check-out: Graduation is at 2:30pm on Thursday, August 15th
Players grouped by: age and ability
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, court and turf shoes and goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment
Facility: Campers train on the GoValiants.com Turf Field.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00-11:30 Skills/small game tactics
- 11:30-12:15 Lunch
- 12:15-12:45 Lecture/demo
- 1:00-3:00 Games
Why You’ll Love NIKE Field Hockey Camps
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NIKE Field Hockey Camps work with the most respected and accomplished group of instructors and coaches in the country. Our NIKE Camp Directors are talented athletes themselves; they share your passion for field hockey and have made a career of sharing their knowledge and experience with hundreds of young athletes. They, and their carefully chosen staffs, never lose sight of the fact that great players are created one at a time. At NIKE Field Hockey Camps, expect personal, individualized instruction – and with it - RESULTS!
Make new friends!
Who says getting better can’t be fun too? At NIKE Field Hockey Camps, you’ll meet other young athletes who share your love of this sport. On or off the field, you’ll share an experience you will remember forever.
A NIKE Field Hockey Camp immerses you in the sport, giving you the kind of focused, intensive training essential to improvement. Over the course of each camp, your self-confidence will grow along with your skills.
A program for your age and skill level
NIKE Field Hockey Camps are designed to help players, ages 10–18, develop athletically. You’ll master fundamental skills, experience lots of game competition, make friends and fall in love with field hockey. Upon arrival at camp, all campers are evaluated by the Director and Staff and placed in the program that best suits them for an experience that’s effective and fun!
Mouthguards and shinguards are required for all players. Goalkeepers must supply their own helmets, leg guards, kickers, chest protectors and gloves.
Get better together this summer! Teams are welcome and encouraged at all locations. Camp is a great way for teams to improve their skills individually as well as enhance their overall team unity. Register together as a team to ensure group placement on and off the field. Please call for details!Read camper reviews