Vernon Verona, Sherrill Schools Verona, New York
The NIKE Softball Camp at Vernon Verona, Sherrill Schools is a camp where players come to improve their skills. With the low camper to coach ratio, campers are guaranteed to take their game to the next level!
"WE want our student/athletes to come away with the mind set that it is going to take 10,000 hours of hard work and determination to reach the level of play that each athlete desires to perform at. They need to know that the effort they put in is congruent to where they want to go. We will provide an experience that shows what it means and “how it feels”, to earn your wings to fly toward their goals, dreams, and aspirations. We will help student/athletes by providing necessary skills, tips, and drills that will help them on their journey. We will incorporate and instill positive self esteem, positive work ethic, and positive communication. We will show through collaboration that cooperative coaching environments that are inclusive empowers and inspires others to do better." - Coach Robin Penoyer
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Softball Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE prizes
- NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
Guest Coach - Lisa Fernandez
One of the most recognizable names in the sport of softball, Lisa Fernandez will be a guest coach at the NIKE Softball Camp at Vernon Verona, Sherril Schools! This is a great opportunity for softball players of all abilities to gain some tips and insight from a former Olympian!
Fernandez is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, having helped Team USA to victories in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. In 1996, Fernandez shined in the United States' 3-1 gold-medal victory over China, recording the final three outs to earn a save. She went 1-1 with a 0.33 ERA in softball's inaugural appearance in the Olympics in Atlanta.Meet your coaching staff
Robin Bumpus Penoyer
Coach Penoyer has sent numerous pitchers to college at all levels of play DI, DII, and DIII as well as Jr. Colleges.
She is currently the head coach at Clinton Central School Corporation, where she is the starting point for coaches beginning to teach fastpitch pitching as a unit in the physical educational setting. Penoyer has also been coaching the New York Storm softball team for over 20 years.
Penoyer is respected in the softball community as she has been invited to speak at numerous colleges and camps. Her speaking engagements include:
- Central Michigan University Softball Winter Clinics 2012 (working with legendary DI coach Margo Yonker)
- Kutztown University 2012 Recruiting Showcase (working with legendary DII coach Judy Lawes)
- Kutztown University Christmas Camp 2011
- Netherlands, Herkimer C.C. winter clinic 2011,
- Swarthmore Seminar on Softball 2005
- Kutztown University 1994-present (camps and clinics)
- Storm Summer Softball Teams/Camps (ASA Sanctioned)
- Players Choice (New Hartford Shopping Center) Individual Lessons
- New York State Public High School Athletic Association Annual Coaches Clinic 2008
- National Fastpitch Coaches Association 3.5 Star Master Coach
Penoyer played with the Professional Fastpitch Extreme Tour in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In addition, she played with the Twin City Jammers, Topton Vips, Allentown Pates, Pennsylvania Clippers all ASA Major Teams. During her stint she had many tournament Championship accolades with no-hitters and perfect games.
In 1996 Penoyer was inducted into the University of Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame. She is also in the Johnstown Sports Hall of Fame. In addition she has collected awards from N.O.W. Trailblazer, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated.Read Full Bio
Penoyer interned at the National Sports Center, Blaine MN. (Helping run in every aspect the 1992 USA CUP and Olympic Cycling Trials)
She is currently a New York EMT.
One of the most recognizable names in the sport of softball, Lisa Fernandez begins her 15th season on the Bruin coaching staff in 2013.
This is Fernandez's second stint as a full-time assistant coach for UCLA (1997-99, 2007-), also serving as a volunteer assistant from 2000-04. In 14 previous seasons with Fernandez on staff, the Bruins have posted a 649-178-1 (.784) record and have claimed four NCAA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2010. UCLA has also won Pac-10 titles in 1999, 2002 and 2009. The program has been honored as the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year twice in 2004 and 2010. Arguably the greatest pitcher in softball history, Fernandez has coached seven Bruin hurlers to 13 All-American awards.
Fernandez is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, having helped Team USA to victories in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. In 1996, Fernandez shined in the United States' 3-1 gold-medal victory over China, recording the final three outs to earn a save. She went 1-1 with a 0.33 ERA in softball's inaugural appearance in the Olympics in Atlanta.
In the 2000 Sydney Games, Fernandez pitched the U.S. to victory in both the semifinal win over Australia and the gold-medal game against Japan. She established an Olympic single-game strikeout record with 25 in a round-robin game against Australia and posted a 0.47 earned run average and 52 strikeouts. In 2004, Fernandez was Team USA's top hitter and pitcher, posting a .545 batting average (12-for-22), which set a new record for an Olympic tournament. For the third-consecutive Games, she was also in the circle for the final out of the gold-medal contest, a 5-1 victory over Australia. Fernandez was selected as an alternate to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Away from the U.S. National Team, Fernandez is a member of the ProFastPitch X-treme Tour (PFX), which she has played in for each of the past six summers. In 1999, Fernandez was named the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year. As a pitcher and third baseman, she helped the USA Softball Women's National Team to gold medals at both the Pan American Games and the Canada Cup. She also helped the California Commotion win the ASA Women's Major Fast Pitch championship for the fourth consecutive time.
Fernandez played at UCLA from 1990-93 and completed her psychology degree in 1995. A three-time winner of the sport's Honda Award, Fernandez became the first softball player to win the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup in 1993, given to the most outstanding collegiate female athlete in all sports. A four-time, first-team All-American, Fernandez led the Bruins to two national championships (1990 & 1992) and two runner-up finishes (1991 & 1993). She was also All-Region and All-Pac-10 first-team each season and Pac-10 Player of the Year her final three years.
With a miniscule 0.22 earned run average, Fernandez went 93-7 with 784 strikeouts. Her ERA ranks second in NCAA history and her 74 shutouts are tops at UCLA and ninth in the NCAA annals. In her junior and senior seasons, Fernandez had the lowest ERA in the nation (0.14 in 1992, 0.25 in 1993), sporting a perfect 29-0 mark in `92. She tossed 11 career no-hitters, including a pair in the 1993 College World Series, along with two perfect games. She ranks second in UCLA history in ERA and fourth in wins and shutouts.
Fernandez was just as powerful at the plate, batting .382 with 15 home runs and 128 runs batted in. She hit .401 in her junior season, but eclipsed that mark by more than 100 points in her senior campaign, batting an NCAA-best .510 with 11 homers and 45 RBI. Fernandez ranks in the UCLA Top 10 in numerous offensive categories, including sixth in average and fourth in hits.
In 2003, Fernandez became the eighth Bruin softball player to be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Buehler is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Southwestern College softball program. Her primary responsibility is the development of pitchers for the Lady Builders.
Since her first season in 2008, the Southwestern pitching staff has seen nothing but improvement. The staff's team ERA against KCAC opponents has dropped from 6.68 in 2008 to 2.40 in 2012, opposing batting average dropped from a .368 in 2008 to a .251 in 2012. Both starting pitchers received All-KCAC honors in both 2011 and 2012, including a unanimous first-team selection.
Buehler attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N. J. where she was a four-year starting pitcher for the Kights. In the 2004 and
2005 seasons she led the team with 0.271 and 0.266 opposing batting averages, respectively. She graduated from FDU with a B.S. in Biology in 2005. She went on to complete her Master's of Education degree at Southwestern College in 2009.
After college Buehler continued her softball career playing in Utrecht, Holland for the UVV softball club. She set club records in strike outs, no hitters, and opposing batting average for the 2006 season.
Buehler has been actively involved with softball camps since 2003. She specializes in drill instruction to both large and small groups. Her energy and excitement is unmatched. Buehler continues to play softball in the summer months as part of the open league CNY New Hartford Legion softball team.
Liz Slupinski is in her second year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College softball program. Her primary responsibilities are offensive instruction and working with the outfield. In the 2013 season, the Continentals had their best team batting average since 2004, with the team as well as individual players both breaking single season school records in numerous offensive categories. On the defensive side, the team finished second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference for fielding percentage with a .962.
Slupinski played softball at the University of Rochester from 2008 to 2011. She helped lead Rochester to a 113-58 record during her four-year career, and the Yellowjackets appeared in the NCAA championship regional in 2008 and 2009. She received University Athletic Association all-conference second team honors in 2008, and was named Liberty League all-league honorable mention in 2008 and 2009. After missing her junior year due to a knee injury, Slupinski was an all-league second team selection in 2011.
Audrey LaFountain (Rendon)
Audrey LaFountain adds her expertise of instruction and organization of numerous player camps and clinics nationwide. She has had the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches and players in today’s game of fastpitch softball. Her most recent tour of camps/clinics was 2009-2012 as part of the WORTH FPEX (Fastpitch Expert) Staff. LaFountain was named the head softball coach for Mohawk Valley Community College from 2009-2011.
Prior to her collegiate coaching, LaFountain (Rendon) was drafted in 2007 to play in the National Pro-Fastpitch League (NPF). She started her professional career with the Rockford Thunder (2 seasons) and concluded with the Philadelphia Force (1 season). In the NPF, LaFountain continued to be a dynamic slap hitter and solid infielder (3B/SS).
LaFountain (Rendon) played collegiate softball at the University of Louisville. There she was a 4 year starter at 3rd base and mainstay in the leadoff spot. She earned the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, 4 time 1st team All–Conference, and is among the top statistical leaders in multiple categories (season and career) for the University of Louisville softball program.
After Audrey’s eligibility she stayed with the University of Louisville softball program as the student-assistant coach, under Coach Sandy Pearsall and Carol Bruggeman.
LaFountain, who also instructs individual and group lessons year round, takes pride in being a student of the game and will never stop learning. She uses that knowledge and those experiences to help today’s young female athletes reach their full potential as players and as people.
Towers began her coaching career at Millsaps after a standout career at the University of Connecticut and a coaching stop at Delta State University. For her career, Towers hit .329 with 211 career hits in 641 at-bats. She also connected on 44 doubles, six triples and 28 home runs with 106 RBIs for the Huskies in 200 career games.
As a senior in 2011, the Goodlettsville, Tenn., native was named team captain while appearing in 48 games, all starts, for UConn. She made the switch to shortstop in her final year, leading the team in hits (54), runs (32), RBIs (42), doubles (14), triples (3), home runs (11), total bases (107) and slugging percentage (.699). For that phenomenal senior season, Towers was named NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team
Along the way, Towers tied the UConn single-season home run record (11) while ranking second all-time in with 44 doubles, fourth all-time with 106 RBI, second all-time with 28 home runs and third all-time with 351 total bases. Her .329 career batting average ranks eighth all-time at UConn as well.
As a junior, Towers started all 51 games of the season and recorded a team high .320 batting average in a team high 172 at bats. She the squad in hits (55), runs scored (39), doubles (13), home runs (9), total bases (97), plate appearances (188), runs batted in (26), slugging percentage (.564) and on base percentage (.372).
Blossomed on the field as one of UConn's top performers during her sophomore campaign, recording a team high .369 batting average while finishing with 62 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.
Towers played in all 50 games during her freshman season starting each of them. The hard-hitting middle infielder finished the year with a .270 average on 40 hits, sending home 15 RBIs.
During her career at White House High School, Towers earned four letters as the starting shortstop. She was named the WHHS team MVP in 2007 after being named to the All-District 8-AA team and All-Middle Tennessee Coaches Association First Team. She also claimed three varsity letters in soccer while excelling in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Towers earned her bachelor's degree in communications for the University of Connecticut in May. She pursued a master's in sports administration from Delta State.
US Sports Camps combines with Nike and USA/ASA Softball to offer the Nike Softball Camps sponsored by USA Softball.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Campers Check In
- 9:00 a.m. Warm Up & Throwing Drills
- 9:15 a.m. Station Work
- 10:30 a.m. Water Break
- 10:45 a.m. Position Work
- 11:15 a.m. Defensive Plays
- 11:45 a.m. Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. Warm Up
- 12:45 p.m. Offensive Work
- 1:45 p.m. Offensive Strategies
- 2:15 p.m. Daily Competition
- 3:00 p.m. Campers Depart
Please bring a bag lunch.
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.