Nike Softball Camp Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida
Nike Softball Camps totally immerses you in the sport, giving you the kind of focused, intensive training essential for improvement - no matter what your ability level. Every facet of the game is covered - hitting, fielding, base running, team play and more. 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.
NIKE Softball camps is pleased to announce that Southeastern's head coach, Anna Welsh will be directing camp this year. Coach Welsh has ran over 60 camps and clinics and knows how to make camp competitive, educational and fun. She guarantees players will leave camp as more of a student of the game then can ever be imagined.
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Camp T-Shirt
- NIKE Camp Lanyard
- Great NIKE prizes
- NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
- Camp Playbook
Campers train at the Southeastern University softball field, located on campus at 1000 Longfellow Blvd in Lakeland. This field is less than a year old and has new batting cages as well.
Southeastern University is the beautiful Mediterranian-style campus and setting for this summer’s NIKE Softball Camp in Lakeland, Florida where students enjoy a year-round average temperature of 72 degrees. Situated between two lakes on more than 87 acres, this location is nearby Tampa, Orlando and the Florida Sun Coast.Meet your coaching staff
Anna Welsh became the first softball coach in Southeastern University history on July 1, 2012. She comes to the Fire with an impressive resume, and the experience of building a nationally recognized women’s softball program. Anna came to Southeastern after serving as the head coach at Bethel College (Mishawaka, Ind.) for eight years. In her eight years at the helm of the Pilots, Anna compiled a record of 330-95-1 with six Mid-Central Conference regular season titles and five consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament. During her time at Bethel, she has coached 11 NAIA All-Americans, 37 MCC All-Conference winners, four MCC Players of the Year, five MCC Pitchers of the Year, and the NAIA all-time homerun leader, Katie Boocher, who blasted 58 career round trippers.Read Full Bio
Originally from Bradley, Illinois, Anna graduated in 2001 from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Speech Communication. She excelled at Olivet as a two-sport athlete, playing both softball and basketball. While at Olivet she earned numerous awards as a shortstop and a catcher. Those awards include NAIA National Player of the Week, All-Conference, All-Region, NCCAA All-American, and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She was also a member of the 2000 NCCAA National Championship softball team.
At just 22 years old, she landed her first head coaching job with Saint Mary's College (NCAA D-III) in Notre Dame, Indiana, becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the NCAA. In her second season at Saint Mary's, she led the Belles to their first conference tournament championship in program history while also producing the 2004 MIAA Offensive Player of the Year, MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, and the MIAA batting champion. Anna and her coaching staff were also named the 2004 MIAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Anna was named the head coach at Bethel in 2004, and helped rebuild the program into a national contender almost immediately. In 2005, Bethel went 33-21 and earned a trip to the NAIA Regional Tournament. The following season, Bethel won the MCC Conference title with a 14-2 record, and ended their season with a 37-23 overall mark. In 2007, the Pilots made their first ever trip to the NAIA National Championship while tying the school mark for wins with a 45-10 record. From 2008-2009, she once again led the Pilots to the NAIA National Tournament, finishing with records of 51-6 and 52-7 respectively. In 2010, Anna once again took her program to new heights, leading the Pilots to a No. 3 ranking nationally, which is the highest ranking in program history. That season the Pilots made their fourth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship, while advancing to the final eight for the first time in school history. 2011 was perhaps her best recruiting and coaching season to date, as the Pilots advanced to the NAIA National Championship for the fifth consecutive season, despite key losses at nearly every position. Despite what appeared to be a rebuilding season, the Pilots went 38-8 overall, won their respective conference championship, and returned to the NAIA National Championship for the fifth straight year. 2012 proved to be an up and down year as the Pilots entered the season ranked No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll. After a slow and injury filled start, the Pilots rebounded to reel off a perfect 18-0 conference record to win thier sixth title under Welsh. Despite the perfect conference regular season, the Pilots failed to win the confernce tournament and were shutout of making their sixth trip to the NAIA National Tournament. During the Pilots' run to becoming a national power, Anna has placed Bethel in the NAIA Top 25, 38 out of the 39 national polls, dating back to their first appearance on April 18, 2007. She is the all-time leader in wins for softball in Bethel history, with a career record of 365-134-2 including two years at Saint Mary's. Anna has also held high standards in the classroom for her teams. Since taking over the Bethel program, 17 of her players have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes. In 2009, the Pilots were awarded the Girls Got Game NAIA All-Academic Award, an award given to the No. 1 overall team G.P.A in the NAIA. The Pilots registered a 3.54 G.P.A. for the 2008-2009 academic school year. Also during her tenure at Bethel, she served the Pilots as an assistant athletic director, a responsibility that she will carry over to Southeastern.
Day Camp (June 23-26) will focus on the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, baserunning and hitting along with game situations, tactics and mentality. Drills along with competitions will help your child learn the game and be able to compete at their next level. Coach Welsh makes camp fun, exciting all while learning a ton about the game of softball. Camp hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
Elite Overnight Camp will focus on getting the campers to the next level in every area of the game. Advanced tecniques will be taught daily, along with ensuring the proper fundamentals are mastered. College recruiting will be covered along with emphasis in academics, ACT/SAT, how to get recruited, what coaches look for, etc. This camp will prepare each player to elevate their games in all capacities. Coach Welsh loves teaching the details of the game to allow people to reach their full potential.
Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. – All campers
Student Activities Center
Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 9 p.m.
Day Campers are invited to stay until 9 p.m. on the first day. Dinner will be provided.
Thursday, 12:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony at the Student Activities Center. Check-out to immediately follow.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake up
- 7:15 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Day and Extended Day Campers Arrive/Warm-up/throwing and fielding mechanics
- 9:30 a.m. Group Training Drills and Contests
- 10:15 a.m. Defensive Position Training
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:15 p.m. Warm-up/running drills and contests
- 2:15 p.m. Offensive and Skill Station Circuit Training
- 3:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
- 3:15 p.m. Team Organization
- 3:45 p.m. Free Time
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up/Stretch
- 6:30 p.m. Games
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. To Rooms/Lights out