Willamette University Salem, Oregon
NIKE Softball Camps will be back at Willamette for another week of great instruction, superior competition, and fun times! At camp, campers will have the opportunity to train like a college athlete and gain insight to what it takes to play at the collegiate level!
Longtime NIKE Camp Director, Damian Williams is entering his 16th season as the head softball coach at Willamette University.
- 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
Located in Salem, Oregon, Willamette is a beautiful setting for softball players of all abilities to come train. Campers stay in campus dorms and practice each day on the Bearcat's home field.
To the east of campus, near the Tokyo International University of America (TIUA), is the Willamette softball complex, which was completed in the summer of 1999. The stadium features covered dugouts, batting cages, bleachers and an electronic scoreboard.Meet your coaching staff
In 2011, the Bearcats went 16-9 in the final 25 games to overcome a slow start and finish the season at 19-19. Willamette went 16-12 in the NWC and qualified for the NWC Softball Tournament.
Williams led the Bearcats to six straight 20-win seasons from 2005-10. WU has achieved a record of 164-94 (.739) over the past seven years.Read Full Bio
Williams was selected NWC Coach of the Year in 2000, after leading Willamette to a 25-10 overall record and a second place tie in the NWC at 15-6. The 2000 team led the nation with an impressive 0.76 team earned run average and was ranked #5 in the West Region. In 2005, Williams helped the Bearcats achieve a 21-11 overall record, while finishing the year with a 19-7 mark in the NWC (2nd place).
Samii Strinz - St. Mary's College, CA
Sami Strinz brings a multitude of experience from both an outstanding playing career at LMU and Division I head coaching experience and looks to help lead Saint Mary's back to the NCAA Tournament. Strinz spent the past four seasons as the head coach at the University of North Dakota where she led the Fighting Sioux to their first conference championship in program history in 2010. In her time at UND, Strinz helped the Fighting Sioux put up all-time offensive numbers in runs scored, hits, home runs, stolen bases and walks.
Prior to her time at North Dakota, Strinz served as the head coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. for two seasons. After inheriting a program that had averaged five wins over the previous five seasons, Strinz engineered a two-year turnaround that saw the Tigers win a school-record 17 games in 2007.
Her first stint in the coaching world was in 2005 when she spent the season as an assistant at Lousiana Tech. Strinz served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator and helped the Bulldogs set school records for home runs and doubles.
Strinz returns to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference after having left her mark as a player at Loyola Marymount. With the Lions, Strinz was a member of the first-ever PCSC Championship team and was named the conference's first PCSC Player of the Year as a junior in 2003. Strinz was a four-year letterwinner and three-year all-conference performer as a pitcher and designated player.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 9:00 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive/Drills/Practice
- 11:00 a.m. Rest/Free Time
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m Chalk Talks/Team Defense and Offense/Situation Drills
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:00 p.m. Rest/Free Time
- 7:00 p.m. Games/Gym/Camp Fire
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out
All campers check in between 12:00-2:00 p.m.