Nike Women’s Gymnastics High Performance Camp

Nike Women’s Gymnastics High Performance Camp
Nike Women’s Gymnastics High Performance Camp

Nationally ranked Cal Gymnastics Head Coach, Justin Howell, is ready for another great season with Nike Gymnastics Camps to help gymnasts reach their full potential. This high performance camp is perfect for competitive, level 4 or higher gymnasts.

Coach Howell and his wife Liz have built a strong foundation at Cal through hard work and a deep understanding of individual skill development. Camp will reflect the individual instruction, competition and positive environment that has led Cal to national prominence in NCAA gymnastics. Camp will be structured towards gymnasts that have completed or are near completion of level 4 and above. 

Highlights Include

  • Opportunity to practice and compete on the beautiful Cal Berkeley campus including inside the Gymnastics High Performance Center
  • Receive individualized instruction from the Cal Women's Coaching Staff and current gymnasts
  • Strong focus on individual skill development and performance
  • Exposure to a successful Division 1 gymnastics program

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Justin Howell
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Justin Howell

Justin Howell, a well-respected Bay Area club coach, took the helm of the Cal Women's Gymnastics program in June of 2012 and made an immediate impact, leading the Golden Bears to one of their best seasons in recent history.

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Shortly before Howell took over the program, the Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49th nationally. In just two years time, Howell has led the Bears to a No. 16 ranking with a growing conference and national presence. Cal’s 33-spot rise since 2012 marks the largest margin of improvement in NCAA gymnastics history, a feat only one other school has achieved (Maryland, 1997-99).

In 2014, the Bears rewrote the Cal Women's Gymnastics record books, improving in areas across the board. Among the many milestones:

Cal posted a 196.0 or better SIX times, more than any other squad in program history. The team advanced to NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season and 19th time in program history. It was the first time Cal claimed two individual berths to the NCAA Championships in program history, and the first time Cal sent gymnasts to the NCAA Championships since 2003. The Bears finished third at the Pac-12 Championships, which was the program’s highest finish ever, and the team also posted its highest Pac-12 Championships score (196.550) The Bears claimed 34 event titles this season and 82 Top 3 finishes, up from 15 event titles and 60 Top 3 finishes in 2013. 

The team opened the season with the highest score in a home opener in season history (196.27)

Team Event Highs in 2014:

V: 49.325 (second-highest score in program history)
UB: 49.275 (fourth-highest score in program history)
BB: 49.275 (second-highest score in program history)
FX: 49.300  (fourth-highest score in program history)
TOTAL: 196.725 (second highest score in program history)

Howell also guided the 2013 squad to its first NCAA Regional berth since 2007 and a season-high team score of 196.525, the second-highest score in program history and highest score since March 2007. For his tremendous accomplishments in his debut season as head coach, Howell was recognized as the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and 2013 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year.

Prior to becoming head coach, Howell was assistant coach with the Golden Bears for the 2012 season. Howell was elevated to the top post following a national search for the position following Danna Durante's resignation to become the head women's gymnastics coach at the University of Georgia.

In his first season on the Cal staff, Howell played a major role in guiding the squad to an average score nearly a full point higher than the year prior to his arrival. The Golden Bears saw measureable improvement across the board with 23 gymnasts recording personal high scores and eight student-athletes earning Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

Howell brings more than 15 years of experience as a head coach in the area, having served as the head coach and team director at Airborne Gymnastics in Santa Clara since 1997. In his club coaching career, Howell coached more than 40 gymnasts to NCAA scholarships at 19 different universities, while leading Airborne gymnasts to 30 state championships. He coached two Junior Olympics national AA champions, four JO National Team members and two U.S. National Team members. Howell was named the 2004 Northern California Coach of the Year, the 2008 Region I Coach of the Year, and was appointed a Visa Championships coach in both 2008 and 2010. He is the founder of the Rhythm Attic Dance Studio, a Zumba fitness studio in Santa Clara.

2014 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year

2013 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year
2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2010 VISA Championships Coach
2008 VISA Championships Coach
2008 Region I Coach of the Year
2004 Northern California Coach of the Year

Howell and wife Elisabeth Crandall-Howell have three children -- Jacob, Noah and Greyson. He received an athletic scholarship at San Jose State University, graduating in 1999 with a B.S. in kinesiology.

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Elisabeth Crandall

Elisabeth Crandall

Elisabeth Crandall - a distinguished international brevet-level judge, an internationally experienced gymnast, and a collegiate All-American - joined the Cal family as an assistant coach...

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Elisabeth Crandall - a distinguished international brevet-level judge, an internationally experienced gymnast, and a collegiate All-American - joined the Cal family as an assistant coach in September 2012.

In addition to judging the past three Olympic trials, Crandall has coached at the collegiate and club levels and spent six years as a member of the U.S. national team after which she was a student-athlete at BYU.

Just one of 16 active international brevet judging officials in the U.S., Crandall has judged each of the last three Olympic trials - including the 2012 trials in San Jose. From 2001-09, she was an official for U.S. Championships, and from 2006-07, she was the U.S. Apparatus Chairperson for uneven bars.

A seven-time U.S. National Team member from 1987-92, Crandall boasts a multitude of domestic and international accolades, travelling to Japan, Russia, Belgium, and Germany to represent the US. Most notably in 1991, she took home a gold medal at the USA Championships on uneven bars. Further, she also finished fourth on vault and eighth in the all-around. She was also a member of the silver medal winning team at the 1991 World Championships. Additionally, she finished 11th in the all-around at the 1992 Olympic trials. She medaled at the 1988 U.S. Championships on uneven bars and floor exercise, taking second in the all-around.

A full athletic scholarship student-athlete at Brigham Young University, Crandall was a two-time first-team All-American on the uneven bars. She helped the Cougars qualify to three NCAA Championships from 1994-96 and qualified on the individual level in 1993. In three of her four years in Provo, Utah, Crandall was the NCAA Regional uneven bars champion. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in physical education and health promotion.

Since 2007, Crandall has been the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs) director and team coach at Airborne Gymnastics. With Airborne, she directed and developed the USA TOPs program for the 6-11-year-olds, coached four national TOPS team members and four Diamond National Team members. In her time with Airborne, she has had 13 Junior Olympic national qualifiers, 12 Western national qualifiers and coached over 20 athletes that went onto NCAA scholarships.

Crandall was also the lead Zumba instructor at the Rhythm Attic Dance Studio. She has also served as a choreographer for almost two decades. Crandall served as the head coach and team director of the International Gymnastics Centre from 2004-06, in which time it produced two Junior Olympic national qualifiers, three Western national qualifiers and two state level 10 all-around champions.

Crandall was the head coach and team director of Woodland Gymnastics from 1998-2003. During that time (2001-03), she also served as an assistant coach for the Sacramento State collegiate women's gymnastics team. She also served as a U.S. National Team mentor, guiding 2000 Olympic team member and UCLA All-American Kristen Maloney.

Crandall is married to Justin Howell, and they have three children - Jacob, Noah and Greyson.

Jessa Hansen
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Jessa Hansen

Jessa Hansen is in her first year with the Cal women’s gymnastics program as an assistant coach following four years as a highly decorated gymnast at the University of Iowa....

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Jessa Hansen is in her first year with the Cal women’s gymnastics program as an assistant coach following four years as a highly decorated gymnast at the University of Iowa.

“I am thrilled that Jessa has joined our Cal family. Jessa was a phenomenal Big Ten athlete at Iowa and she brings with her a diverse background in journalism.  She has an abundance of energy and a Midwest value system that will mesh very well with our program.  I am looking forward to a very successful season with Jessa as a part of our team," said Cal head coach Justin Howell.

A four-year letterwinner at Iowa, Hansen was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, plus an Academic All-Big Ten selection and NACGC Scholastic All-American in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Along with her gymnastics, Hansen was a representative on the Iowa Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2009-12 and Dean’s List member for each spring and fall semester from 2009-11. She received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010 and 2011, and the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011. While at Iowa, Hansen also assisted the women’s gymnastics team from 2012-13 and worked in the athletic communications department.

Prior to her time at Iowa, Hansen trained at Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute from 1998-2008, where she was coached by 2008 Olympic head coach Liang Chow and his wife Liwen Zhuang, and trained with Beijing Olympics balance beam champion Shawn Johnson. Hansen was a three-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier, the Level 10 Regional Floor Champion in 2008 and 2008 and the 2006 Level 10 State All-Around Champion.

Hansen graduated from Iowa in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication and minors in studio art and sport studies.

Camp Details

Complete Skills Camp 

This program is intended to help gymnasts improve their skill-sets.The individual camp is a great opportunity to improve technique and become more knowledgeable about the sport of gymnastics.This program also includes a curriculum for athletes of all abilities who enjoy the wonderful sport of gymnastics. 

Clean-Up Routine Option:

Liz Crandall-Howell, camp co-director, will be offering her services to help campers clean-up their current floor routine, or help choreograph a new routine. This option is merely an add-on to the camp day (before or after the camp day), for roughly an hour, and will cost $175. 

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Coach Howell, Coach Crandall-Howell, Coach Hansen will be working with campers throughout camp. The rest of the camp staff will include local youth coaches and the current Cal gymnasts. 


Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Local Accomodations

For those travelling in from out of town and need a place to stay ner camp, see the recommended list below.

  • Hotel Durant (Please call 510-845-8981 or Click Here to reserve your room)
  • Hotel Shattuck Plaza (Please call 510-845-7300 or Click Here to reserve your room)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Berkeley (Please call 510-548-1700 or Click Here to reserve your room)
  • Double Tree by Hilton Berkeley Marina (Please call 510-548-7920 or Click Here to reserve your room)
  • Berkeley City Club (Please call 510-848-7800 or Click Here to reserve your room)

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.  Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in on the first day of camp.


The Golden Bear Recreation Center is a 10,000 square foot facility on the UC Berkeley campus that is also home to the Cal Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Gymnastics Teams.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30 AM Gymnast check-in
  • 9:00 AM Warm-up
  • 9:30 AM Rotation #1
  • 10:15 AM Rotation #2
  • 11:00 AM Rotation #3
  • 11:45 AM Rotation #4
  • 12:30 PM Lunch (campers must bring lunch)
  • 1:30 PM Rotation #5
  • 2:15 PM Rotation #6
  • 3:00 PM Free Time (Gymnasts will choose which event they want to work on)
  • 3:30 PM Conditioning/Stretch
  • 4:00 PM Wrap Up/Pick Up

Camper Reviews

Kris N.Parent

  • 5/5.
This camp will build confidence in your abilities.

My daughter went with a friend and they were able to workout together, meet others and most importantly build confidence in their abilities. Thank you!

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Elizabeth H.Parent

  • 4/5.
My daughter had a wonderful time.

My daughter had a wonderful time learning from the coaches and meeting other gymnasts. It would be fun for the girls to stay in the dorms and have an overnight experience.

Nevaeh D.Camper

  • 4/5.
I liked meeting new gymnasts and working with the coaches.

I liked being at the school with some of my teammates, meeting new gymnasts, working with the coaches, being on the campus.

Cythia B.Parent

  • 5/5.
The coaching was excellent.

The coaching was excellent and my daughter had fun learning.

Camp Dates & Prices

2016 sessions coming soon

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