Nike Softball Camp University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas
Join NIKE Softball Camps at its new Texas location, University of the Incarnate Word! This camp gives campers of all abilities the opportunity to refine their skills, meet new friends, and have fun!
The NIKE Softball Camp at University of the Incarnate Word will be directed by head coach Amanda Gamboa. Coach Gamboa is entering her second season as the head coach of the University of the Incarnate Word softball program. She successfully handled the challenges of being a first-year coach in 2013 and now she faces the prospect of leading the program in its first year as a member of NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference in 2014.
- 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
University of the Incarnate Word
Incarnate Word’s 154-acre campus is just minutes from downtown San Antonio in Alamo Heights. The Alamo Heights area is filled with a variety of tourist attractions including the Witte Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and Brackenridge Park. Brackenridge Park is home to the San Antonio Zoo and the Japanese Tea Gardens, and is filled with trails and other scenic areas to run, walk, or just enjoy an afternoon picnic or barbeque. In addition to being located in one of the most picturesque parts of the city, UIW’s welltended grounds, trees, blooming flowers, and classic architecture, provide a comfortable environment to study, think, and just hang out with friends.
NIKE Softball Campers will train on the Cardinals softball field, which came ready for use in the late 1980s. In the winter of 2001-2002, the field was lighted for night play for the first time. That project, moved the fences to 200 feet down both foul lines and 210 feet to straightaway center field. Cardinals Field in the last decade has hosted numerous tournaments at all levels including the annual UIW Alamo Invitation which attracts more than 20 top collegiate teams from around the nation.
With permanent seating to accommodate 250 fans, the field is situated in a way that tailgating around the outfield fence has become a Cardinals tradition. The field is immediately adjacent to the McDermott Center.
The field itself is covered with common Bermuda grass, and like other outdoor facilities at UIW is overseeded with a combination of rye and fescue for winter play. A naturally wooded area beyond the outfield fence provides an excellent hitting background during games.Meet your coaching staff
Gamboa's first season at the helm has to be qualified as a success. A 30-26 record and a trip to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament were the final results. The highlights of the season include winning a road series at #23 Angelo State and then winning a home series against #2 West Texas A&M. She had four players earn all-conference honors, including Monica Acuna and Briana Sanchez who were first team all-LSC.
Previously she worked the spring of 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach after graduating from UIW in December of 2010 with her master’s degree in kinesiology.
A native of El Paso, Gamboa played two seasons at Angelo State where she earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. At ASU she was an All-Lone Star Conference performer and was all-tournament as her senior year team finished 50-9 while winning the LSC South Division, the LSC tournament and reaching the final game of the regional tournament.
Prior to Angelo State she played two years at El Paso Community College where she was all-conference both seasons. In 2000 her team posted the best record in school history, 50-17, on the way to conference, region and district titles and a trip to the national tournament.
After her collegiate days were complete, Gamboa played on the 2005 Mexican National Team in the Pan American Fast Pitch Softball Tournament in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Thirteen countries competed and she was named to the all-tournament team and was voted the MVP among outfielders.
Denise Lira joined the UIW softball program prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.
Lira was the head coach at Concordia-Texas for three seasons prior to moving to UIW. She guided the Tornados to their second-highest win total in school history when the team posted a 25-15 record overall, including a 14-10 mark in league play, and advanced to the American Southwest Conference Tournament in 2013. She posted a record of 77-51 and never had a losing season during her tenure, while her .568 winning percentage is the best in school history.
All in all, Lira mentored a record 25 All-American Southwest Conference selections, including one ASC West Division Player of the Year, one ASC West Division Newcomer of the Year and one Academic All-American. Two of her athletes were named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Player of the Week.
Concordia’s softball team has also flourished in the classroom under Lira. The team posted a 3.35 grade point average during the 2012 fall semester, which ranked first among Concordia’s 13 varsity programs, and set records for having the most American Southwest Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll winners by producing five honorees in 2011 and seven in 2012.
Furthermore, Lira’s team contributed the most community service hours and initiatives during the 2012-13 academic year. Members of the team volunteered their time at several Special Olympics Texas competitions, including flag football and bowling, and assisted at a kickball event with Central Texas Ability Sports. The program also raised nearly $2,500 for charitable causes in less than a year.
Prior to Concordia, Lira spent eight seasons at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton as a student-athlete and assistant coach. She helped lead the Crusaders to seven ASC tournaments, three West Division titles and one NCAA Tournament appearance in both capacities.
Lira, who served as an assistant coach for five seasons, and the rest of the staff were named the 2008 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff of the Year after advancing to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The group was again honored in 2010 by earning the ASC West Division Coaching Staff of the Year following their third division title in four years.
Lira played two seasons for the Crusaders, earning All-West Division, and All-Conference laurels in both seasons and All-Tournament selection in 2003. She also earned two letters at Ranger Junior College, where she garnered All-Conference first team accolades and was selected to the NJCAA All-Star Weekend, before transferring to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
A native of San Antonio, Lira earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science with a minor in psychology from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2004 and a master’s degree from the same institution in exercise sport science with an emphasis in sports management in 2008. She attended Providence High School in San Antonio.
Kaycee Taylor just finished her first season as the assistant coach at Howard College. At Howard she works with the outfielders, pitchers, and catchers.
She spent the previous two years as graduate assistant coach at Midwestern State University. She primarily worked with the catchers and hitters.
Taylor was a highly decorated player at Angelo State University from 2007-2011 where she was named to the NFCA All South Central Region first team four times. In 2007 and 2010 she earned NFCA First Team All American honors and was a Daktronics Third Team All American selection in 2011. She helped lead the team to two NCAA DII National Championship finals and was selected to the All Tournament team in 2010.
A native of Carrollton, TX, Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University in 2011 and her Masters of Education in 2013 from Midwestern State University.
Includes all softball and and night activities, all meals from dinner on Monday to breakfast on Thursday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (overnight campers)
- 8:30 a.m. Walk to Fields
- 8:45 a.m. Camp Assembly/Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Dynamic Warm-Up/Stretch
- 9:15 a.m. Station Work
- 11:00 a.m. Games/Contests
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch
- 1:15 p.m. Camp Assembly/Warm Up
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 3:15 p.m. Team Organization
- 4:00 p.m. Extra Help
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up/Stretch
- 6:30 p.m. Games
- 8:30 p.m. Evening Activities
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. In Dorms
- 10:30 p.m. Lights Out