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 took over the reigns of the Incarnate Word softball program in the summer of 2012 after serving the previous season as the top assistant coach.
- 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
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 enters her third season as head softball coach at Concordia University Texas. She has also been serving as the co-advisor for the athletic department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Lira led the Tornados to a 24-18 overall ledger, including a 13-8 mark in American Southwest Conference play, and the program’s second consecutive appearance in the league tournament in her first season on the sidelines in 2011. Headlined by Jessica Rattan, who became the first student-athlete in program history to be named the ASC West Division Player of the Year, eight players and over half of the roster garnered conference postseason honors.
In addition to having the division’s biggest bat in her lineup, Lira’s squad had one of the top fielding percentages in the ASC as well as a pitching staff that established several records in her first year. Kat Moreno and Alexis Lynn combined for the first no-hitter in the program annals on March 19 against Sul Ross State before Teylor Schiefelbein, who was the only freshman to make the All-ASC West Division First Team, became the first individual to accomplish the feat on April 15 against Howard Payne. The team’s 2.62 ERA was also a new program standard.
The program also had eight players receive ASC West Division postseason recognition in 2012, led by first teamers Erin Duhon and Schiefelbein, and earned victories over two nationally-ranked opponents in #2 Texas-Tyler and #23 East Texas Baptist. Off the field, a program-record seven players were named to the ASC Spring Academic Honor Roll, four recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall and spring semesters and two were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
Prior to Concordia, Lira spent the last eight seasons at American Southwest Conference West Division foe 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 laurels in both seasons. The CTX mentor 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 currently resides in Austin.
Nicole Dickson comes to PJC after serving three years as assistant softball coach and adjunct instructor for Howard College. During that time Howard was Region 5 Champion in 2012 and 2011, placing seventh nationally in 2012 and ninth in 2011 at the National NJCAA Tournament.
Prior to Howard, Dickson was the graduate assistant softball coach and an adjunct instructor at Hardin-Simmons University, where she earned her Master of Education in sports management and kinesiology. At Hardin-Simmons, she helped guide the Cowgirls to an ASC West Conference Championship, finishing the season at 31-12.
Dickson completed her collegiate playing career at Eastern New Mexico University, as pitcher for the Zias. At ENMU she posted a 22-14 record while playing for Armando Quiroz and Amber Daniel. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She was the 2008 undergraduate of the year at ENMU and also won the Major of the Year Award from the National Association of Sports and Physical Education.
Prior to that, she played at Howard College where she had a perfect GPA and received an Associate of Science degree. She was an All-Conference and All-Region selection as a pitcher with a 19-4 record. She also hit .365 for her career.
Dickson attended Monahans High School in Monahans, Texas. Her parents, Edwin and Kim Dickson, reside in San Angelo, Texas.
Chris Abrego enters his first season as Head Softball Coach at Coastal Bend College. He has been put in charge of rebuilding the softball program. Coach Abrego comes to Coastal Bend from Langston University ( Red River Conference of the NAIA), where he was an assistant coach and in charge of hitting.
While at Langston University, Coach Abrego helped lead the Lady Lionesses to their best finish in conference placing fourth out of nine teams. In his first year, he helped the Lady Lionesses lead the conference in hitting, and had nine hitters in the top fifteen in hitting. During this year the Lady Lions won more softball games than they had in the previous five years combined. His second year at Langston saw more of the same, the team finished second in hitting behind the eventual conference champion. Coach Abrego had six girls finish in the top fifty in hitting. Again the Lady Lions set records for wins, winning 31 games. In the two years at Langston Coach Abrego coach five All-Conference selections and six All-Academic conference selections. In two years at Langston Coach Abrego helped the Lions win 51 games.
Coach Abrego is a native of San Antonio graduating from O.W. Holmes where he was a two sport athlete. Chris furthered his education at the University of Houston and Texas Lutheran University where he played football and baseball and studied mathematics. Coach Abrego played seven years of Arena Football. He has since retired from the game he loves and has been coaching softball for the last eight years. Coach Abrego has taken three different select teams to the nationals, placing as high as tenth. He is looking forward to working with your child and sharing his passion and love for the game of fast pitch softball.
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
Includes all softball and night activities, dinner on Monday, lunch and dinner Tuesday/Wednesday. Extended day campers will be picked up at 9:00pm.
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.