Nike Cal Softball Camp Berkeley, California
USSC welcomes the addition of Nike Cal Softball Camps at UC Berkeley. Directed by Head Coach Diane Ninemire, we offer two weeks of prospect camp and one week of youth camp on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
Coach Diane Ninemire has continually taken the Golden Bears to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation. Take this opportunity to attend her Nike Softball Camp and allow her to help you take your game to the next level.
Diane Ninemire By the Numbers
• 27 years as head coach
• 1155-533 career record (as of Aug. 1, 2013)
• .684 winning percentage (as of Aug. 1, 2013)
• 35 All-America selections (17 All-Americans)
• 139 All-Conference selections
• 4 Academic All-America selections
• 54 Conference All-Academic Selections
• 84 All-Region selections
• Two Conference Coach of the Year honors
• 1 national title
• Two conference titles
• 26 winning seasons
• 26 years in the postseason
• 12 trips to the Women’s College World Series
• Three WCWS title game appearances
Diane Ninemire Coaching Honors
• 2012 Easton Team of the Year
• 2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
• 2011 NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year
• 2011 Midland University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
• 2009 NFCA Hall of Fame Induction
• 2002 NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year
• 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
- Superior instruction from the UC Berkeley softball team
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Prospect camp for high school level players
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE prizes
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a "City of Learning" — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.
Levine-Fricke Field, home of the 2002 NCAA champions, is the venue for Golden Bear softball on the University of California campus.Nestled at the base of Strawberry Canyon, the field sits high above the Berkeley campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area.Built in 1995, Levine-Fricke Field owns a seating capacity of 500, with all of the seats in close proximity to the field. The outfield fences stand 190 feet down the right and left field lines, while it is 220 feet to straight-away center.Cal softball began play in 1972 on Hearst Field in the center of campus. The Bears moved to Strawberry Field, just west of their current location, in the early 1980s and remained there until Levine-Fricke Field was constructed.Meet your coaching staff
Since her first year in the dugout in 1988, Diane Ninemire has continually pushed Cal to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation. Now entering her 27th season as head coach of the perennially powerful Golden Bears, the NFCA Hall of Famer is part of an elite group of world-class coaches, with more than 1,100 career wins, a national championship, two national Coach of the Year titles and numerous national and conference honors during her tenure.
The Golden Bears most recently punched their ticket to a 26th consecutive postseason in 2013, in a season that saw Jolene Henderson break Michele Granger’s career wins record and become the winningest Cal pitcher in program history (130 wins). The team lost to eventual WCWS participant Michigan at the Ann Arbor Regional, failing to advance to Super Regionals for only the second time since the Super Regional format was introduced in 2005. Henderson was named an All-American while Lindsey Ziegenhirt became Cal’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2005, and the 2013 squad raked in an additional five All-Region, seven All-Pac-12 and three Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
Thanks to an 8-1 victory over then-No. 14/18 Oregon on April 20, 2012, Ninemire hit one of the most impressive milestones in coaching history - notching career win No. 1,100. Entering the 2014 season, she is just one of 15 Division I ball coaches to hit the 1,100-win mark.
In her nearly three decades at the helm of the Cal program, Ninemire has coached 17 players to All-America status for a total of 35 All-America honors and 84 All-Region honorees, plus 139 All-Pac-12 selections. In the classroom, Ninemire’s Bears have excelled at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, combining for four CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and 54 Pac-12 All-Academic selections.
From 1999-2005, Cal made seven consecutive trips to the College World Series with the Bears' most recent appearances in Oklahoma City coming in 2012 and 2011. With a national championship, 12 Women's College World Series trips and 26 straight NCAA postseason appearances to her credit, it is no wonder that Cal enters every season as a contender for the national title.
In 2012, Cal set program single-season records for most runs scored (422), RBI (376), homers (84), total bases (856), and the highest fielding percentage (.979). Not only did the 58 wins set a new team best, but they also topped the previous high of 56, which was set by the 2002 NCAA Title-winning team.
Cal opened the 2012 year on a 23-game winning streak before dropping its sole nonconference loss of the regular season to Hawaii in a 10-inning battle. The Bears won the inaugural Pac-12 title by going 21-3 in the most competitive softball conference in the country, winning every single series and sweeping five of the eight series. Cal claimed the No. 1 spot in at least one of the two national polls 13 times this season, finishing the campaigned third in both rankings. After winning the Berkeley Regional and Berkeley Super Regional, the Bears went 2-2 at the Women's College World Series, in which they defeated LSU and Oregon but lost to eventual champion Alabama and eventual runner-up Oklahoma.
In 2011, the Golden Bears returned to the hallowed grounds of Oklahoma City for the 11th time in school history for the Women's College World Series. They got there by notching Cal's first-ever Super Regional series title over an SEC School - going 2-1 against host Kentucky. On the Regional level, the Bears breezed through the competition in Louisville.
After starting the 2011 campaign ranked 12th in the polls and slated to finish fourth in the Pac-10, Cal ended the year No. 5 in the country and second in the conference. Cal closed out the year at a 45-13 clip with an impressive 15-6 conference record to take second place, marking the best Pac-10 finish since 2005, when the Bears tied for first. The Bears won at least one game in each Pac-10 series and swept three schools - then-No.17 Oregon, Oregon State as well as then-No. 8 and defending national champion UCLA. For their stunning work in 2011, the National Fast Pitch Coaches' Association lauded the Cal coaching staff as the Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
In the fall of 2011, Midland University honored Ninemire with induction into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Ninemire began her collegiate playing career at Midland in 1976, lettering in basketball and softball. Ninemire led Midland softball to a state championship in 1977.
Thanks to a 6-0 victory over Sacramento State on April 7, Ninemire became the ninth coach in the history of Division I softball to notch 1,000 wins. Already the winningest coach - male or female - in all of Cal history for any sport, Ninemire now has a career record of 1,059-509 after leading the Bears to the WCWS in 2011. She has accumulated the second-most wins in Pac-10 history (1,059).
In addition to posting their 37th consecutive winning record in 2010, the Bears finished 10-11 in the Pac-10 Conference to tie for fourth, which is the highest conference finish since 2005, when the Bears were third. The Bears were one of the seven Pac-10 teams to earn an at-large bid to the postseason, marking their 25th consecutive trip to NCAA tournament, which is the second-longest streak in the nation. Cal shut out the competition at the Columbus Regional, icing Bucknell, Kentucky and Ohio State to win its fifth Regional title since the format was adopted in 2005, before falling to No. 6-seeded Georgia in Athens, Ga.
In 2009, Ninemire set another career milestone, joining the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Hall of Fame class that year. Ninemire, who joined Frank Cheek of Humboldt State and Bill Edwards of Hofstra, was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame on Friday, Dec. 11 2009, at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Ninemire helped make Golden Bear history in 2002 when she directed Cal to its first NCAA Championship at the WCWS with a 6-0 win over Arizona, marking the first women's title in Cal athletic program history. The 2002 team set a school record for wins (56), while Jocelyn Forest claimed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player honor, and Ninemire was chosen as the NFCA National Coach of the Year. Cal became the first Pac-10 team other than UCLA and Arizona to ever win the softball national title. In the circle, Forest went undefeated in Cal's postseason run and completed the WCWS with a 4-0 record, 0.50 earned run average and 33 strikeouts in 28.0 innings.
Ninemire has enjoyed plenty of other memorable moments along her career path. In 2005, Cal won a share of the Pac-10 title (a first for a Ninemire squad) and advanced to its seventh consecutive WCWS. The 2004 version of the Bears was one of Ninemire's most successful and most decorated groups, as four All-Americans and eight All-Pac-10 selections helped drive Cal to its third consecutive WCWS championship game appearance. That same year, her winning reputation was recognized internationally when she was named as an assistant coach to the inaugural Greek Olympic softball team.
Two of Ninemire's former players - Michele Granger and Gillian Boxx - were four-time All-Americans and helped the United States win a gold medal as members of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta. Former California Golden Bear Vicky Galindo, who Ninemire coached, was the most recent Cal softball player named to the 2008 15-member Olympic Team roster. In 2001, Cal began the season 32-0 before finishing fifth at the WCWS.Read Full Bio
Prior to becoming head coach, Ninemire served as an assistant for five years at Cal under Donna Terry. Together, the tandem led the Bears to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a third-place finish at the 1986 WCWS and the inaugural Pac-10 championship in 1987.
Along with her coaching duties, Ninemire is a member of the NCAA Pacific Region Advisory Committee and a former chair of the All-American Selection Committee.
Ninemire began her collegiate playing career at Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, Neb.), leading the team to a state championship as a freshman. After one season, she transferred to Nebraska-Omaha, where she played on both the softball and basketball teams for three years. A shortstop and left fielder, Ninemire helped UNO win the 1978 championship and make three appearances in the College World Series.
Ninemire graduated from UNO in 1980 and completed her master's degree in physical education at Texas Woman's University in 1987. She began her coaching career at TWU in 1980 as Terry's assistant before heading west to assist Terry and the Golden Bear program in 1983.
Tammy Lohmann enters her eighth year of service with the California softball program after helping guide the Golden Bears to the postseason each of her seven years in Berkeley.
Under Lohmann’s tutelage, Cal student-athletes have garnered 58 all-conference selections and 10 All-America selections. Each season, Cal has marched into the postseason and has produced six super regional and two Women’s College World Series appearances over that span.
In 2013, Lohmann helped Cal punched its 26th straight ticket to the postseason, where the team lost to eventual WCWS participant Michigan at the Ann Arbor Regional, failing to advance to Super Regionals for only the second time since the Super Regional format was introduced in 2005. The successful 2013 squad combined for one All-America, one CoSIDA Academic All-America, five All-Region, seven All-Pac-12 and three Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
The 2012 season saw Lohmann and the Bears set program single-season records for most runs scored (422), RBI (376), homers (84), total bases (856) and the highest fielding percentage (.979). Not only do the 58 wins achieved in 2012 set a new team best, but they also top the previous high of 56, which was set by the 2002 NCAA Title-winning team. The Bears won the inaugural Pac-12 title by posting a 21-3 conference record. In 13 of the 2012 season's weeks, Cal was ranked first in at least one national poll and finished the year ranked third after tying ASU for bronze in the Women's College World Series.
In 2011, the Golden Bears returned to the hallowed grounds of Oklahoma City for the 11th time in school history for the Women's College World Series. They got there by notching Cal's first-ever Super Regional series title over an SEC School - going 2-1 against host Kentucky. After starting the 2011 campaign ranked 12th in the polls and slated to finish fourth in the Pac-10, Cal ended the year No. 5 in the country and second in the conference. Cal closed out the year at a 45-13 clip with an impressive 15-6 conference record to take second place, marking the best Pac-10 finish since 2005, when the Bears tied for first. For their stunning work in 2011, the National Fast Pitch Coaches' Association lauded the Cal coaching staff as the Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
During the 2010 campaign, Lohmann helped direct the Bears to their best Pac-10 Conference finish since 2005 with a 10-11 record in conference play to tie for fourth. Additionally, the Bears were one of the seven Pac-10 teams to earn an at-large bid to the postseason, and shut out the Columbus Regional, sweeping through the three opponents, before falling in Super Regional play to No. 6-seeded Georgia.
In 2009, thanks to Lohmann's assistance in the development of the Cal hitters, the Golden Bears produced team records in home runs (49) and runs (322) in 2007, and RBI (279) in 2008 and broke their home-run record with 55 round-trippers in 2009.
Prior to her arrival in the Bay Area in 2006, Lohmann was an assistant coach at Wisconsin, helping guide the Badgers to a NCAA Regional appearance in 2005. She coached numerous All-Big Ten conference and regional players with the Badgers. Wisconsin hitters posted a record-breaking offensive season in 2005, setting multiple school records.
As a player, Lohmann was a two-time all-conference selection at Arizona State and was team captain for the 1997 season. She was the ASU Freshman of the Year in 1993 and is on ASU's single-season and career record charts in hits, doubles, and stolen bases.
During the summer of 1998, Lohmann was a pitcher and a shortstop for the Arizona Peppers in the Ladies Professional Baseball League. She played the same positions during the 1998 USA Women's Baseball National Tournament, helping the Arizona Angels to a runner-up finish. In 1999, Lohmann played in the Women's Professional Softball League as a member of the North Carolina Diamonds.
She earned her master's degree in human service administration from Bradley in December 2002. Lohmann is also a one-star master coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches College. She was selected as one of 25 coaches to attend the NCAA Women's Coaches Academic Dimension I in Denver, and again for Dimension II in Indianapolis. The Cal Athletic Department recognized her as a Shining Star in January 2009.
Tammy Lohmann By the Numbers (Cal Only)
• 10 All-American selections
• 26 All-Region certificates
• 58 All-Conference selections
• 2 Conference Pitchers of the Year
• 1 Conference Player of the Year
• 17 Academic All-Conference certificates
• Two Academic All-Americans
• Eight winning seasons
• Eight trips to the postseason
• Two trips to the Women's College World Series
Tammy Lohmann Honors (Cal Only)
• 2012 Easton Team of the Year
• 2011 NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year
Tammy Lohmann Honors (Cal Only)
2012 Easton Team of the Year
2011 NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year
John Reeves, the driving force behind Cal's pitching success, completed his 20th season with the Golden Bear program in 2013. Reeves, who brings more than two decades of coaching experience to the field, has helped numerous Cal pitchers earn All-American accolades. Additionally, Reeves has coached two Golden Bears - Jolene Henderson and Kristina Thorson - to Cal's three Pac-10/12 Pitcher of the Year honors.
Most recently, in 2013 – ace Jolene Henderson’s final season – Reeves oversaw the senior on her way to becoming the winningest Golden Bear pitcher in program history. Henderson bested Cal legend Michele Granger with 130 wins, including a no-hitter at the Ann Arbor Regional in the final victory of her collegiate career. Henderson was selected third in the first round of the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Chicago Bandits.
Prior to the 2013 season, Reeves helped Henderson repeat as the conference pitcher of the year, going 38-4 with an impressive 1.29 ERA to also earn first-team All-America and Pac-12 laurels in 2012. Henderson shouldered almost 90 percent of the pitching for the 2011 Cal team that advanced to the Women's College World Series. In 2011, Henderson was lauded as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, marking the second time in program history that a Bear has earned that honor. Additionally, she was a first-team All-American, All-Region and All-Pac-10 selection. In her first year in a Cal uniform in 2010, Henderson was also honored for her pitching achievements as a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Both Henderson and Valerie Arioto were named to the All-Pacific Region first team.
Another disciple of Reeves, right-hander Arioto closed out her Cal career with a 1.32 ERA in 2012 along with first team All-America and All-Pac-12 status. Prior to redshirting the 2011 season, Arioto was lauded with placement on the 2010 All-Pac-10 first team and was named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American. Additionally, in 2009, Reeves was instrumental in Arioto earning Easton All-America status, first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a third-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American.
In 2008, Reeves helped groom Marissa Drewrey into an all-conference and all-region pitcher (29 wins). Other All-American pitchers under Reeves' watch include Jocelyn Forest and Whitney Floyd. Cal graduate Kristina Thorson (36-10, 0.83 ERA in 2006) who was a three-time All-American from 2004-06.
Prior to his arrival at Cal in 1994, Reeves served as head softball coach at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Calif. He led his teams to a combined 105-27 record over five years, including a Central Coast Section title. From 1987-93, he coached the Twin Creeks Diamonds ASA team, developing more than 30 players who earned positions on Division I softball teams. He has also served as a Bobby Sox and PAL coach for 12 years.
In addition to his coaching stints, Reeves has presented pitching techniques and strategies at various clinics, including the NFCA Softball Exposure Camp.
Reeves graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies in 1980. He resides in Dublin.
John Reeves By the Numbers (Cal Only)
• 28 All-American selections
• 61 All-Region selections
• 115 All-Conference honors
• Three Pac-10/12 Pitchers of the Year
• Four Academic All-Americans
• 43 Academic All-Conference selections
• 20 winning seasons
• 20 seasons in the postseason
Camp Code: SBGDGB
Monday, 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. at the main entrance of the softball field.
Thursday, 3:00 p.m. Closing ceremony is at 2:45 p.m. on the last day.
Catcher's Gear (if needed)
Lunch & snacks
2013 Cal Softball Highlights
• Five Golden Bears earned NFCA All-Pacific Region honors: Jolene Henderson, Danielle Henderson and Lindsey Ziegenhirt were all awarded first-team selection, and Cheyenne Cordes and Victoria Jones were All-Pacific Second Team members.
• Seven Bears were members of All-Pac-12 teams: Jolene Henderson (first team), Cheyenne Cordes (second team), Lindsey Ziegenhirt (second team), Victoria Jones (HM), Danielle Henderson (HM), Khala Taylor (All-Freshman), and Vanessa Alvarez (All-Freshman HM).
• Lindsey Ziegenhirt was a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection, and Nikki Owens and Danielle Henderson were named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mentions.
• Lindsey Ziegenhirt was named Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
• Lindsey Ziegenhirt was selected Cal softball's first Capital One Academic All-American for the first time since 2006.
• Jolene Henderson was selected an NFCA Second Team All-American.
• Jolene Henderson became Cal's winningest pitcher, eclipsing Michele Granger's previous record of 119 career wins. Henderson finished her career with 130 wins, pitching a no-hitter in her final collegiate victory at the Ann Arbor Regional.
• Jolene Henderson was a Top 10 finalist for Player of the Year and a Top 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, claiming the fan vote (which is worth 1/3rd of the final ballot).