Nike Softball Camp University of Nevada Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada
Nike Softball Camps are thrilled to announce this summer's camp at UNLV. Our only Nevada location will attract players from all over the state and beyond.
Nike camp director and Head Coach for the Rebels is Lisa Dodd. Coach Dodd and her staff are looking forward to providing the premier softball camp in the state this summer. All levels are welcome and will be challenged to improve and take their game to the next level.
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Softball Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE prizes!
- Play on the home field of the Rebels
Eller Media Stadium
Since the spring of 2002, the Rebel softball team has called Eller Media Stadium at Jim Rogers Field home. In the three years of its existence the program has a 43-37 (.530) record at Eller Media Stadium.
After 19 seasons of playing at the Rebel Softball Diamond in the middle of the UNLV campus, the UNLV community was given a formal introduction to the new stadium on Jan. 26, 2001, with the annual UNLV alumni game. The official debut of the stadium came on Feb. 5, 2002, when the Rebels hosted St. Mary's (Calif.) College in a doubleheader. For UNLV the unveiling was a joyous one as the university received a new home for its softball team and the squad was victorious with two wins on day one.
Plans for the venue were formally announced on March 9, 2000, when the university received $3 million in gifts designated to go toward the stadium and the establishment of a new women's golf team. The primary donors included Donrey Outdoor (now Eller Media), Jim Rogers, Jerry and Sue Lykins, other UNLV athletic donors and the UNLV Foundation.
"Eller Media is very proud to support women's athletic programs at UNLV," Sally Tracey, president of the Eller Media Company, said at the announcement of the gift. "This new softball stadium will give the Rebels an outstanding place to host NCAA softball games."
Shortly thereafter, the UNLV Foundation contracted KGA Architects and KBA Construction Company to design and build the stadium. Ground was broken on June 7, 2001, in a special ceremony featuring the primary donors and Rebel softball players.
Seemingly overnight, a once large and barren plot of dirt was transformed, first into parking lots, then into a foundation and finally into one of the top college softball playing and practice facilities in the country.
The stadium which meets and exceeds NCAA requirements, seats 770 people and cost $2.7 million to build. The outfield fences rest at 200 feet down the right and left field lines and 220 feet in center field. Dugouts, bullpens and batting cages for both home and visiting teams provide a self-contained area for either practice or play. Off the field of play, a press/concession building (1,700 square feet) towers over the venue behind the home plate grandstand. The bottom floor houses a full concession area while the second-floor press level can adequately seat up to six writers and two separate radio broadcast teams.Meet your coaching staff
Lisa Dodd was named the fifth head coach in UNLV softball history on June 21, 2012. Dodd is only the fifth head coach in Rebel softball history.Read Full Bio
Prior to taking the reins of the Rebel program, Dodd spent nine seasons playing and/or coaching on the NCAA Division I level - four at UCLA (2004-07) and five as an assistant coach, reaching the postseason each year. Her teams advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals six times (the Super Regionals were implemented during the 2005 season) and the Women's College World Series on five occasions. She also helped UCLA win a national championship in 2004. In this time frame, she notched an overall record of 388-139, which translates to a .736 winning percentage.
In 2013, Dodd led the Scarlet & Gray to 21 wins, three of which were against Top 25 opposition - Louisville, Virginia Tech and Tulsa - in her first campaign as the Rebel skipper. She coached Stefany Valentino to an NFCA All-West Region Second Team selection, while helping Valentino, Tayler Van Acker, Emily Haslinger and Amanda Oliveto earn Mountain West All-Conference honors.
Under her tutelage, three different Rebels earned MW weekly recognition with Oliveto being named the pitcher of the week three times, while Tayler Aleman and Pauline Monreal were both one-time recipients of the player of the week award.
As a team, the Rebels ranked highly in NCAA statistics with a sixth-place showing in double plays per game (0.52). Valentino closed out the year with the 55th-best batting average (.405).
Academically speaking, she had nine players earn Spring Academic All-Mountain West honors with one of those, Emily Haslinger, earning the MW's 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete Award for maintaining a 3.5 or greater GPA during the year.
During the summer of 2013, Dodd spent three weeks as an assistant coach for the USA Junior Women's National Team. The squad earned a silver medal at the ISF X Junior Women's World Championship behind a 9-1 record in Brampton, Ontario.
The San Diego native came to UNLV after spending three seasons at Oregon (2010-12), where she helped head coach Mike White build the Duck softball program into a perennial power by achieving at least 36 wins each year and back-to-back third-place finishes in the Pac-12. After being named an assistant, she helped UO return to national prominence with a combined record of 123-55 and three consecutive trips to the postseason. The Ducks reached the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals all three seasons before upping the ante in 2012 with a visit to the Women's College World Series and a program-best No. 5 final ranking in both collegiate polls.
Prior to her three-year stay at Oregon, Dodd was an assistant at Nevada, Reno in 2009. She helped the Wolf Pack to an overall record of 40-19 and a trip to the NCAA Regionals. UNR also garnered a share of the WAC title following a 15-5 conference campaign.
After a stellar playing career at UCLA, she spent one year as a graduate assistant for her alma mater. The Bruins finished second overall in Pac-10 play en route to being the second seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. UCLA ended the season in Oklahoma City at the Women's College World Series.
In Westwood, Dodd was a three-time All-Region and All-Pac-10 Conference selection after she was selected as the 2003 Gatorade Prep State and National Player of the Year for University City High School. She split time in the circle and at first base for the Bruins and tallied 176 hits, 65 of which went for extra bases, 129 RBI and 89 runs. As a pitcher, she owned a record of 41-11 in 60 appearances and a total of 337.2 innings pitched. She racked up 233 strikeouts with 40 complete games in 57 starts. As a senior in 2007, she hit .369 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI and was an NFCA Second Team All-American, All-Pacific Region First Team selection and All-Pac-10 First Team honoree.
She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in women's studies from UCLA in 2008.
Steve Chatham, who was hired at UNLV in August, begins his first year as an assistant softball coach at UNLV. Chatham, a former assistant baseball coach at the College of Southern Nevada and director of baseball operations at UNLV, returns to Las Vegas after serving as a volunteer baseball coach at Loyola Marymount University the past three seasons.
At LMU, Chatham helped guide the Lions baseball program to no less than 24 wins in each of his three seasons beginning with the 2011 campaign. Aside from serving as the first base and outfield coach, he assisted with hitting and bunting. In addition, he helped with recruiting and the placement of players in summer leagues, coordinated all camps and clinics, managed the indoor batting facility and oversaw equipment and travel needs.
Besides earning his undergraduate degree in sociology at UNLV in 2005, Chatham also has prior ties to the athletics department. He spent five years (2006-10) as an assistant coach for current Rebel baseball head coach Tim Chambers when both were on staff at CSN in nearby Henderson. At CSN, Chatham served as the pitching coach in 2006 before taking over hitting and bench coach duties in 2007-10. The Coyotes' best season occurred in 2010 when the two-year institution finished third at the JUCO World Series behind the play of Bryce Harper, the first overall pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft. The team earned a berth in the JUCO World Series after winning the Western District championship following its second consecutive Region XVIII title and third straight first-place finish in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
After Chambers made the crosstown move from CSN to UNLV, Chatham became the director of baseball operations for the fall of 2010 where he handled the day-to-day functions of the program.
Chatham began his foray into coaching as an assistant coach at The Bishop School in La Jolla, Calif., from 1999-2000. He then moved north to Long Beach and worked at the All-American Baseball Academy where he provided group and individual instruction in the summer of 2000. He headed to Las Vegas in the fall of 2004 to work at the Southern Nevada Baseball Association through the summer of 2010.
As a freshman at Cal State Fullerton in 1995, Chatham was a member of the national championship Titans baseball team. In his four years at Fullerton (1995-98), he hit .300 or better in each season and finished with a .339 batting average behind 195 career hits. He started 139 games and played in a total of 228 contests and scored 154 runs and knocked in 126 RBI.
Chatham became a professional baseball player in 1999 in the Boston Red Sox organization as a pitcher, but an elbow injury during Spring Training curtailed his career.
Caitlin Lever begins her second year with the softball program after being hired in September of 2012. Lever will primarily tutor the outfielders, while assisting with the team's hitting and short game.
In her first year with the UNLV softball program, the Rebels went 21-31 overall and finished sixth in the Mountain West with a 7-11 record. Included in the 21 wins were three against Top 25 competition.
One of her main pupils, Stefany Valentino, earned 2013 NFCA All-West Region Second Team Honors following a selection to the Mountain West All-Conference Team. Valentino led the Scarlet & Gray offensively with a .405 batting average, which ranks as the sixth-best in UNLV's single-season record book. Her hitting figure was also the second highest amassed by a MW player this season, while ranking 55th overall in the final NCAA statistics.
Lever came to UNLV after playing on the collegiate, professional and international levels of softball. After leading the Canisius Griffins to a conference championship in 2004, Lever transferred to Georgia Tech where she earned first team NFCA All-America honors once in 2007 and was selected to the All-ACC Team each season (2005-07). In her three years in Atlanta, she owned a .377 batting average with 226 hits - 64 of which went for extra bases - 139 runs, 126 RBI and 71 stolen bases. As a senior, she broke GT records in hits (94 in 2007), on-base percentage (.526) and single-game hits (five). She finished her career ranked in 10 of the program's records, which includes batting average (third) and stolen bases (third). She led her team to the NCAA Tournament all four years of her career. She earned her undergraduate degree in management from Tech in 2009.
Following her three years as a student-athlete at Tech, she became a volunteer assistant for two seasons at her alma mater. She then accepted an assistant coaching position at Niagara University (Jan. 2009 to May 2010), where she helped the team reach the MAAC Tournament both years. A total of nine student-athletes were named to the All-MAAC Teams, while 19 were selected to all-academic recognition under her guidance.
In 2007, she began playing internationally for Team Canada, and she earned a roster spot on its 2008 Beijing Olympics roster. She helped her squad to a fourth-place finish. Besides playing for Canada, she has played professionally in the U.S. in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Chicago Bandits (2007-11) and the Carolina Diamonds (2012).
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 a.m. Introductions
- 9:15 a.m. Agility Warm ups
- 9:30 a.m. Offensive Drill Work
- 10:30 a.m. Water Break, Defense Set up
- 10:45 a.m. Defensive Drill Work
- 11:45 a.m. Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. Modified Warm ups
- 12:45 p.m. Scrimmage/ Competition Games
- 2:00 p.m. Campers Depart