Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nike Softball Camps is excited to host a third summer of camp at Davenport University. This camp gives you the kind of focused, intensive training essential for improvement - no matter what your ability level. Our goal is that your performance as an overall player will improve, along with your self-confidence but it is up to each player to take what they have learned and apply it to gametime situations.
Leading instruction is Associate Head Coach McCall Salmon. Salmon is joined by Head Coach Ronda Varnesdeel as well as members of the Davenport Softball Team.
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE prizes
- NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
NIKE Softball camps is excited to announce that for the 2014 summer, campers will get to train on the field where the two-time WHAC champion softball team plays, at the new Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex. This became the new home of DU's baseball, softball, and tennis programs in the spring of 2013. The complex is located on 68th Street just south of the University's W.A. Lettinga Campus and Farmers Insurance Group offices in Caledonia Township. Artificial turf will be utilized for the entire baseball field and outfield for the softball stadium. The softball stadium seats 200 spectators, while dimensions for the softball field are 200' to left and right, and 210' to center.Meet your coaching staff
McCall begins her fifth year as a member of the DU coaching staff. She serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Panthers and works directly with the infielders and developing DU’s offensive skills. Salmon joined the DU staff after a very successful playing career at Aquinas College.
A first baseman/utility player for the Saints, McCall led her team to three straight WHAC Championships from 2005-2007 and the team posted a 134-70 overall record during her time there. Individually, Salmon earned All-WHAC honors in 2004, 2006 and 2007 while serving as the Saints team captain during her junior and senior campaigns. She also excelled in the classroom at Aquinas as she was named to the All-WHAC Academic team in 2006 and 2007 and was an NAIA Scholar Athlete in her senior year. Salmon also received the prestigious Helen Louise Brogger Award which is given to the top female athlete in the graduating class.Read Full Bio
Salmon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Aquinas in Business Administration and Sports Management and is currently working on her Master of Art degree in Sport Administration at Central Michigan.
Ronda Varnesdeel is in her fifth season at the helm of the Softball program at Davenport. Over the past two seasons, she has led the team to Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season championships in 2011 and 2012 and in 2011, Varnesdeel guided DU to the program's first ever NAIA National Tournament by winning the WHAC Tournament.Read Full Bio
Her 46 victories in 2010 is the most ever in Varnesdeel’s coaching career and she recorded her 200th career victory on Feb. 22 against Concordia College (Minn.). In 2012, Ronda went over 300 wins in her career with the milestone win coming on April 1 against Cumberlands.
Before starting the Panther program in 2009 Ronda spent six years at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI in which she was at the helm of the program for five of those years. While at Aquinas, Varnesdeel established the program as a small college softball powerhouse. She led them to four Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships in 2003 and 2005-2007. She was named WHAC Coach of the Year in each of those years as well as Region VIII Coach of the Year in 2005, a year in which she led her team to the NAIA National Tournament.
Ronda was also a stand-out athlete for the Saints in which she was a four-year starter for the basketball and softball programs and led the Saints to a national championship appearance in both sports. Varnesdeel also earned all-conference and all-region selections during her softball career.
In her four years of coaching at DU, Ronda has had one 2nd Team All-American, one All-American Honorable Mention Selection, one Conference Player of the Year, one Conference Pitcher of the Year, 13 All-Conference Selections, 6 All-Conference Honorable Mention Selections, 15 NAIA Scholar Athletes, and was honored as a NAIA Scholar Team with a cumulative team GPA of 3.3 in 2010 and 3.455 in 2012.
Varnesdeel received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Aquinas College and in 2013 will complete her MBA with a concentration in Sport Managment from Columbia Southern University.
Kristin begins her third season as an assistant coach on the Panther staff after a very successful playing career at DU. Her coaching duties will also include serving as the JV Head Coach.
Miedema was a member of DU’s inaugural team in 2009 and led the Panthers to a program best 46 wins in 2010. The third basemen earned All-Conference, NFCA 2nd team All-Region and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors while at DU. She is currently holds the single season record for games played (62), runs batted in (56) and stolen bases (19).
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 9:00 a.m. Bus Leaves for Fields/Arrival All Campers
- 9:15 a.m. Offensive Station Training
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Defensive Station and Position Training
- 3:30 p.m. Live Hitting/Games
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 7:00 p.m. Evening Activity
- 8:30 p.m. Fitness Center Open/Climbing Wall/Free Time
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms
- 11:00 p.m. Lights Out