Lawrenceville School Lawrenceville, New Jersey
The NIKE Softball Camp at the Lawrenceville School has been an East Coast favorite for 16 years. At camp all aspects of the game will be covered including fielding, hitting, base running, and game-like situations. Campers have the opportunity to attend up to three weeks of camps. Join the fun and get better at softball this summer at Lawrenceville!
Leading these three sessions of camp for the 16th consecutive summer is Lawrenceville Head Softball Coach John Schiel.
- 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
The Lawrenceville School is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville has 17 dormitories, 10 classroom buildings, and 7 other support buildings on 700 acres in a rural setting.
Schiel has been the Head Varsity Softball Coach at Lawrenceville since the school became coeducational in 1987. Coach Schiel has successfully led the softball team to the New Jersey Prep A Championship title in 1990, and in 2002, 2003 and 2010 the state title. He was also named the Princeton Packet and Lawrence Ledger “Coach of the Year” in 1988 and by The Trenton Times in 2002 and 2010 and Star-Ledger in 2002. His team also won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship in 2009, 2003, 2001 and 1999.
Athletes benefit from John’s experience as well as a veteran staff that in past summers has included the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year, Patriot League Player of the Year as well as various other current and former college players.
Tony Rienzo – CSCS, NASM-CPT– (Lawrenceville School) – Tony graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2004 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science and is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Lawrenceville School. He has worked at New York Sports Clubs as a personal trainer and with Lightning Fast Training Systems as the Director of Sports Performance. Tony now is the Owner and Head Coach of Athletes Peak, specializing in Sports Performance Training. Tony has trained athletes that play any and all sports and has worked with thousands of youth athletes ranging from ages 8 through the college level.
Julie McCulley – ATC, ATC – (Lawrenceville School – Pennington Ewing Athletic Club) – Julie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Bloomsburg University, and a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Ohio State University. In addition, Julie has expanded her knowledge and expertise in fitness by achieving the designations of Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a Stretch Therapist Certification. She also holds a certificate from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Julie was a 4-year starter at Kutztown (PA) High School playing first base and pitching for her team who won the AA State Championship in 1997.
Mary Dwyer – (West Virginia University – Albright College) – Mary is former camper with many years of playing experience and she has competitive coaching experience as well. When she was 12, she played on the Bordentown Little League State Championship team. Mary attended Tom Besser's Elite Fastpitch pitching clinics for several years and she has played travel ball since 14U, playing tournaments in Montreal and Hawaii and she finished her travel career as a pitcher and first baseman for the 18U Shore Magic. Mary is also a certified Babe Ruth Umpire. She graduated from Albright College as a member of the International Sociology Honor Society with a GPA of 3.38 and a BA in Sociology/Criminology. She played softball for the Albright Lions primarily as a first baseman, but also as a pitcher and an outfielder. As a full-time starter her sophomore year, Mary had a fielding percentage of .985 in 34 games, having 199 chances including 19 assists. In the pitching circle she had 8 starts 14 total appearances. Academically, she was one of only a few Albright College spring athletes to make the MASCAC honor roll. Mary is an active mentor in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America organization. During Mary’s junior year of college she was head junior varsity softball coach at Reading High School and was promoted to Co-Head Varsity coach the next year. She is entering her second year in the Masters of Sociology program at West Virginia where she focuses her studies on the effects of masculinity on the victimization of women. She is also a graduate teaching assistant. Mary is hoping to eventually work for the government to advocate for the rights of human trafficking victims. This will be Mary’s 6th year as a Nike Camp instructor.
Emily Schiel – (Hofstra University – Lawrenceville School) – Emily is a former camper who won awards as “Best Pitcher” in 2006 and “Best Hitter”, “Team MVP”, and “Fastest in Camp” in 2007. She graduated from Lawrenceville in 2010 and did so well academically her freshman year at Hofsta that she was offered admission to their Honors College. Her GPA last semester was 3.86. While at Lawrenceville, Emily earned 10 varsity letters including 4 in softball. In her senior season Emily was named to the All-Prep 1st team at 2nd base by the Trenton Times and the Newark Star-Ledger named her 2nd team All-State Prep. In the 2010 Prep A State Championship game against Hun with Lawrenceville trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the 6th, Emily led off with a hit to begin what the Trentonian called “a comeback for the ages” and then had another key hit in the middle of the rally that tied the game in the 7th. This is Emily’s 4th working at the Lawrenceville Nike Camp following 8 years as a camper.
Kiersten Gilfoy – (Albright College – Sun Valley HS) – Kiersten has been playing softball since kindergarten and graduated from Sun Valley (PA) High School where she earned four varsity letters and several all-conference honors. She played travel ball with the Delco Diamonds for four years and was the starting 1st basemen. At Albright she plays 1st base and catcher. During her freshman year she was the starting catcher and received All-Commonwealth Conference second team honors and didn’t record an error the entire season. In her sophomore and junior year she was appointed a team captain while continuing to play first base, catcher, and right field. She is now entering her senior year and majoring in biology at Albright College. This is Kiersten’s 2nd summer as a Nike Camp instructor at Lawrenceville.
Samantha Spiga – (Wellesley College- Lawrenceville School) – Sam came to Lawrenceville as a freshman boarding student in the fall of 2005. She was an outstanding student-athlete, earning a total of 10 Varsity Letters in field hockey, basketball, and softball) and she was awarded the prestigious John H. Thompson Jr. Prize for all around academic and athletic excellence, one of the highest awards at Lawrenceville. Sam was the starting catcher all 4 years and team was a team captain her junior and senior seasons. She was awarded 1st Team All-State and All-MAPL and MVP honors, and ended her career with a .415 batting average. While at Lawrenceville, she continued to play travel softball for the Jersey Intensity. After Lawrenceville, Sam was recruited to play softball at Wellesley College, where she made an impact as a catcher and clean-up hitter from day one. She was the only player in Wellesley College softball history to be nominated for captaincy just after her freshman year. While playing for the Blue, Sam racked up a .350 batting average and 1.000 fielding percentage. Battling a knee injury throughout her softball career, Sam decided to have surgery after her sophomore year. As a Political Science major and Middle Eastern Studies minor, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the fall of her junior year and hopes to pursue a career in foreign relations and counterterrorism. Sam is about to enter her senior year at Wellesley and her last season with the Blue. This is Sam’s 2nd summer as a Nike Camp instructor at Lawrenceville.
Brianna Cook – (Amherst College – Lawrenceville School) – Brianna is a former camper who later decided to come to school here at Lawrenceville. One admissions officer described her application essay as “the best admissions essay I have ever read”. A 3-sport varsity athlete in field hockey and ice hockey as well as Softball, she has been a starter since her freshman year, clean-up hitter since sophomore year and was a co-captain her senior year. Brianna was our first baseman for two years, played catcher her junior year, and this year she played centerfield hitting .545 for the season with 9 doubles, 2 triples 4 home runs and 21 RBI earning 1st team All MAPL and All- NJ Prep A. In the 2010 State Championship game against Hun she led off the bottom of the 8th inning of a 4-4 game with a base hit and scored the winning run in walk-off fashion. In the fall, she will attend Amherst College (D3) to continue her softball career. She is a classic five tool player (run, throw, field, hit, hit with power) and a student of the game so I am excited to have her back at Camp as an instructor for a 2nd summer.
Liza Keller – (Northwestern University – Lawrenceville School) – Liza came to Lawrenceville as a freshman after five years of travel softball with the West Windsor Wildcats, She was a two sport athlete earning varsity letters in softball and field hockey each of her four years at Lawrenceville. After starting at second base as a freshman on a team that won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship, she was catcher her sophomore year on the 2010 team that won the NJ Prep A title. An ACL tear suffered playing field hockey in the 2010 State Championship Game caused Liza to sit out her junior softball season but she supported the team as a co-captain and although the injury ended her catching career she came back as a co-captain and started every game at third base.
Michelle Fox – (Gettysburg College – Blair Academy) – Michelle was a 3-sport athlete at Blair in Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball. She was a 4-year starter for the Blair softball team. Her freshman year she was named “Rookie of the Year” as well as All MAPL and All Prep. She won several other All MAPL and All Prep awards throughout her career with her final award being NJ Star Ledger “Prep Player of the Year” her senior year. She started her career as a first baseman and pitcher but became the sole pitcher for Blair in her junior and senior years. During her career at Blair her team won two state championships (2009, 2012) and two MAPL championships (2010, 2012) making her the most titled pitcher ever to graduate from Blair. She is the first Blair pitcher to win both the MAPL and State Championships in the same season. Blair went 16-4 and Michelle threw two no-hitters, struck out 132 batters in 126 innings and walked just 24. She has played travel softball every summer since she was 12 and will be attending Gettysburg College in the fall to continue her education and softball career. Earlier this summer Michelle was a Nike instructor at the Gettysburg College Softball Camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- Day 1 Afternoon Check In
- Days 2-4
- 7:15 a.m. Wake Up
- 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
- 8:50 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Warm up
- 9:30 a.m. Hitting Circuits, Drills
- 10:30 a.m. Base Running Drills
- 11:45 a.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Warm up/Stretch/Throwing Drills
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 3:15 p.m. Circuits
- 3:45 p.m. Supervised Free Time
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. Evening Activities/Games
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out
Overnight Campers - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers - 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Graduation is 4:00 p.m. on the last day of camp (Parents are invited to attend). Departure is by 4:30 p.m. for all campers.