Nike Women’s Gymnastics Camp

Nike Women’s Gymnastics Camp
Nike Women’s Gymnastics Camp

Cal Gymnastics Head Coach Justin Howell and the Cal Women's Gymnastics coaching staff are ready for another great season with Nike Gymnastics Camps to help gymnasts reach their full potential. The high performance camp is geared 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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Dates & Prices

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Justin Howell
Camp Director

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-Howell

Elisabeth Crandall-Howell

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

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Elisabeth Crandall-Howell - 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, and was elevated to associate head coach in July 2014.

Since joining the Cal women’s gymnastics staff, Crandall-Howell has been integral in Cal’s stellar ascent through the national rankings. The Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49thnationally shortly before Crandall-Howell joined the program, and finished ranked 16th this season. 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). Under her tutelage, Cal earned back-to-back NCAA Regional berths in 2013 and 2014, and this season the Bears sent individual gymnasts to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2003.

As associate head coach, Crandall-Howell works with all aspects of the Cal women’s gymnastics program, including fitness and nutrition, academic support and character development both in and out of the gym. Additionally, Crandall-Howell lends her expertise as an international brevet judge to help strengthen Cal’s routines across the board.

In her two seasons at Cal, Crandall-Howell’s leadership has been most evident on beam. After posting a 48.285 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) on the event in 2012, Cal finished the past season with a 49.015 RQS and a 49.275 season-high on the event, which was also the program’s second highest beam score in program history. In 2014, the Bears broke the 49.0 mark on beam for the first time since 2008, and continued to break it, posting four team scores of 49.0 or better. The beam team combined for nine of Cal's 33 event titles.

Crandall-Howell also helped the team make similar gains on floor, where the Bears improved from a 48.330 RQS in 2012 to a 49.155 RQS and 49.300 high in 2014. The 2014 squad claimed five floor titles and posted five floor scores of 9.90 or higher. The team matched the program's fourth-highest (49.300) and fifth-highest (49.275) floor scores in program history.

Individually, Crandall-Howell has been crucial in the development of 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Serena Leong, helping her to the third-highest beam score (9.90) and second-highest floor score (9.925) in program history, feats less than 10 Cal gymnasts have been able to accomplish. Jessica Howe wrapped up her freshman season with four beam titles and set a career-high 9.90 on the event alongside Leong.

Prior to her time at Cal, Crandall-Howell 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-Howell 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-Howell 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-Howell 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-Howell was the NCAA Regional uneven bars champion. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in physical education and health promotion.

As the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs) director and team coach at Airborne Gymnastics since 2007, Crandall-Howell directed and developed the USA TOPs program for the 6-11-year-olds, and 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-Howell was also the lead Zumba instructor at the Rhythm Attic Dance Studio. She has also served as a choreographer for almost two decades. Crandall-Howell 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-Howell 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.

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

Jessa Hansen
Assistant Coach

Jessa Hansen

Jessa Hansen is in her second 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 second 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.

Jeffrey Langenstein
Assistant Coach

Jeffrey Langenstein

A former Cal student-athlete and experienced dancer, Jeffrey Langenstein joins the Golden Bears as the team’s volunteer coach and floor choreographer. Langenstein plays an integral...

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A former Cal student-athlete and experienced dancer, Jeffrey Langenstein joins the Golden Bears as the team’s volunteer coach and floor choreographer.

Langenstein plays an integral role in directing the dance elements of Cal’s floor routines, and in 2014 helped the Bears to a 49.155 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The Bears finished the season ranked 21st in the country on the event, up from No. 23 with a 49.120 RQS in 2013.

As a Golden Bear men’s gymnast, Langenstein earned four varsity letters while specializing in the floor, still rings, vault and parallel bars events. He was consistently ranked a top performer on floor and vault within the MPSF conference and nationally.

After a rough fall semester during his freshman year, Langenstein found an outlet for his creativity and energy in dancing. He joined Danceworx in the spring, where he was exposed to the greater Berkeley dance community. Since that time, Langenstein has also been involved in The [M]ovement, TrueLement, THRIVE Dance Co., Pilipino Culture Night, Manly Men, Ty-Trannysaurus Rex and Femme Fatale. A jack-of-all-trades when it comes to dance, Langenstein has experience with everything from hip hop to jazz to lyrical and contemporary styles. He was involved in nearly every aspect of dance, from choreographing routines to facilitating practices and holding leadership meetings to planning events and showcases.

Outside of the gym, Langenstein is passionate about the community, serving as a member of the Golden Bear Advisory Committee for student-athletes. He represented Cal at the annual Pac-12 student-athlete advisory committee in the fall of 2013.

Langenstein graduated from Cal with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing primarily on globalization and consumer behavior, and also obtained a minor in dance and performance studies. In the future, Langenstein would like to focus on sports management or work as editor-in-chief for a publication such as GQ or Vogue.

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. These options are merely add-ons to the camp day, before or after the camp. The half session, about an hour, is $175 and a full session, about two hours, is $375.

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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 Accommodations

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 first session will take place at Haas Paviliion - home to the Cal Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Gymnastics Teams! The following sessions will take place at the Golden Bear Recreation Center.

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

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