Nike Swim Camp Suffield Academy Suffield, Connecticut
Suffield Academy is a historic school in New England located on the Connecticut River between Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts and it offers an ideal setting for a Nike Swim Camp.
Designed for competitive swimmers to improve and refine their stroke technique the Nike Swim Camp at the Suffield Academy will give you the edge you need to compete at the next level.
Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- Fun evening social activities
- Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
- Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
Meet your coaching staff
Josh Willman is a longtime Nike Swim Camp director and has been the head coach at the University of New Hampshire since 1992. He has become the America East Conference’s most honored coach in being selected Coach of the Year fifteen times in the past 20 years. He has been selected America East Coach of the Year in (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and ECAC Coach of the Year twice (2003 and 2011).Read Full Bio
A 1984 graduate of the University of Miami (Florida), head coach Joshua Willman began his coaching career just after graduation at the YMCA and U.S.A. Swimming level. As an established age group and senior team coach, Willman cultivated nationally ranked swimmers, many of whom went on to world rankings.
In 1991, Willman made the transition to the collegiate level at the University of New Hampshire. He first served as an assistant coach and was named head coach in 1992. Under his caring hand, UNH’s swimming and diving program has erupted to the forefront of New England swimming and has become one of the premiere college programs on the east coast, bursting onto the national scene, recruiting top swimmers and divers from all over the world.
A number of milestones in particular have marked UNH’s steady rise to the top. In 1995, Willman produced UNH’s first-ever NCAA Division I qualifier, Denise Leckenby. She later went on to earn All-America honors in 1996 and placed eighth in the 200-freestyle as well as 11th in the 100-freestyle earning UNH enough points to finish 27th in the nation at the 1996 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Building on the successes of the mid-90’s, the Wildcats then won their first America East Title in 1997-1998 (with a record 832.5 points that still stands today) and then repeated as conference champions in 1998-1999. Beginning the new era in 2000, New Hampshire native and breaststroke standout Kristen Zeimetz was a finalist at the U.S. Open and participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic team trials. In 2003 the Wildcats won their first ECAC Championship team title and continued to place near the top at the America East Championships once again, as they won back-to-back America East titles in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. New Hampshire continued to qualify swimmers for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, as senior Shannon Daly and sophomore Kary Goodman both placed in the top 25 in the nation during the 2006 campaign. UNH completed the 2006 season ranked eighth nationally in the mid-major Division I Polls. Most recently, the Wildcats won the ECAC Championships in 2011 for the second time in school history, claiming the title by a 1.5 point margin, earning a first-place finish on the final event, taking the 400-yard freestyle relay in record setting fashion.
New Hampshire’s success has not gone unnoticed, as Willman has become the America East Conference’s most highly honored coach. He has been selected America East Coach of the Year 15 times in the past 18 years (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and ECAC Coach of the Year twice (2003 and 2011). New Hampshire swimmers are the most highly decorated athletes in the America East, winning 33 major conference awards including 21 Swimmers of the Year (16 America East and 5 ECAC), six America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, four Rookie of the Year and two Senior High Point Coaches awards. During Willman’s tenure, 334 swimmers have been crowned America East Champions and 98 have been named ECAC Champions. In total, Wildcat swimmers have broken over 224 school records, 75 America East records and 17 ECAC records.
New Hampshire is consistently an Academic All-America team and swimmers have earned NCAA Academic All-American honors, post-graduate scholarship awards and ranked as high as sixth nationally for grade point average. Willman is a certified ASCA Level IV coach and has been a recipient of the ASCA Coaching Excellence Award.
Jarrod Zwirko serves as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator and works primarily with the middle-distance and distance freestyle group for the Wildcats. A 2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, was a two-year captain for the Wildcats, specializing in middle-distance and still holds two UNH records for relays. As an athlete Zwirko was an 11-time finalist at the America East championships and was runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle in 2002. Zwirko also served as SAAC President as an undergraduate and was twice nominated for UNH Athlete of the Year.
Upon completion of his eligibility, Jarrod entered the graduate program at UNH and earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. During this time, he served as the graduate assistant for the UNH swim team and was an integral part of the staff that twice earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors for winning back-to-back America East Championship titles. His last season, UNH took two women to the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships.
After completing his Master’s, Zwirko joined the staff at his former prep school, the Williston Northampton School in western Massachusetts. There he served for the past two years as an English teacher and swim coach. Most recently his team won the New England championships in the small school division.
Campers stay 2-per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests.
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
- 8:50 am Extended Day Campers arrive, stretch
- 9:00 am Opening Comments and Discussion
- 9:15 am Pool Session 1
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 pm Supervised Free Time
- 1:30 pm Pool Session 2 & Dry land exercises
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Evening Activities (Water Polo, Capture the Flag, Movie, etc.)
- 8:30 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:00 pm Supervised free time in dorm
- 10:00 pm Lights out!