Adelphi University Nike Volleyball Camp

Adelphi University Nike Volleyball Camp
Adelphi University Nike Volleyball Camp

Adelphi University, home of the Panthers, hosts Nike Volleyball Camps under the direction of head coach Danielle MacKnight.

These well-rounded programs provide players with an opportunity to get better this summer with individual instruction, position specific training, and full scrimmages all while having fun at the same time! 

Highlights Include

  • Training under the country’s best coaches
  • Excellent training facilities
  • Campers grouped by age and ability
  • Official NIKE Volleyball Camp T-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Danielle MacKnight
Camp Director

Danielle MacKnight

Danielle MacKnight begins her tenth year as head coach of the Adelphi University women’s volleyball team after serving as interim head coach for part of the 2006 season and has compiled a record of 210-96 in that time.  

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MacKnight led the Panthers to their second straight Norhteast-10 Tournament championship in 2015, as they posted an undefeated season in conference play. They went into the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship ranked #1 in the East Region, advancing to the regional semifinals for the first time since the 2012 season. Four members of the team earned NCAA D2CCA All-East Region honors and AVCA Division II East All-Region. Shelby Stoner and Megan Manierski were both named AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans. Sierra Crook earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and NE-10 Libero of the Year honors, while Manierski was named NE-10 Player and Setter of the Year.

After a rocky start to the 2014 season, MacKnight and the Panthers won 13 straight-contests from September 18 to October 25 to set a new school record. After toppling Saint Rose in the quarterfinal and the top-seeded New Haven in semifinal, Adelphi defeated Bentley for its second NE-10 championship in program history. The win also clinched the program’s eighth straight NCAA Division II Tournament berth. Middle blocker Kaitlyn DeStefano collected several honors, including NE-10 First Team All-Conference, Daktronics First Team All- Region, AVCA First Team All-Region and AVCA All America Honorable Mention.

The 2013 season was another successful one for Adelphi, with a record of 19-13 overall and 10-4 in the Northeast-10 conference, which left the Panthers in fourth place at the conclusion of conference play. The Brown and Gold were invited to a seventh straight NCAA Division II Tournament, falling to New Haven in five sets. Three players earned inclusion on the Northeast-10 All-Conference or All-Rookie squads, while junior Kaitlyn DeStefano was honored as an All-American for the second straight year.
In the 2012 season, MacKnight and her Panthers posted a 25-10 overall record, finishing 13-2 in the NE-10, putting them in 2nd place for the regular season. This was the program’s sixth consecutive NCAA tournament berth and third straight appearance in the NCAA Division II East Regional Semi-final. Four members of the 2012 squad were named All-Northeast 10, three earned AVCA All-Region honors, two ere names to the NCAA All-East Regional team and the program had its first named All-American.
MacKnight and the Panthers posted the program’s fifth straight 20-win season in 2011, culminating in Adelphi’s first Northeast-10 Conference Tournament championship and fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth. The team did not drop a set in the Northeast-10 Tournament, posting a 3-0 victory over the College of Saint Rose in the finals. The team finished with a 23-8 overall record and a 12-3 record in NE-10 play, advancing to the NCAA East Regional Semifinals for the second straight year. In addition, MacKnight had three players selected as All-Conference honorees, three AVCA All-Region picks and three academic All-Conference selections.
The 2010 season was another successful campaign for MacKnight and the Panthers. They posted another 20-win season and earned their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Adelphi also advanced to the Regional Semifinals for the first time in the program’s history after a 3-2 victory over C.W. Post in the first round. MacKnight guided the Panthers to a 12-4 mark in NE-10 play and advanced the Panthers into the conference semifinals. The Panthers had three players receive All-Conference recognition, an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and two AVCA All-Region Honorees.
In 2009, MacKnight guided the Panthers to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. She also led the Panthers to a 27-10 record, her third consecutive season with 27 wins. The Panthers posted a 14-1 mark in league play in their first year in the Northeast-10 Conference. They finished second in the regular season standings and fell to UMass Lowell in the NE-10 Finals. MacKnight also received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award as one of the top 30 coaches under the age of 30 in the nation at all levels. Also in 2009, the Panthers produced three All-Region players, three All-Conference and two on the NE-10 All-Academic Team.
In 2008, MacKnight guided her Panther squad to a 27-11 overall record and 11-5 in East Coast Conference action. The 27 wins tied the record for most wins set a season earlier during her first year. The Panthers made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals and had three All-Conference performers and two All-Region selections.
Under her direction, the 2007 season proved to be a record setting one as she coached the Panthers to a 7-2 ECC record, finishing in second place. They finished 27-8 which is a school record for wins including an 11-game win streak which set another school record. She produced two All-Conference players and the team earned the school’s first ever NCAA Northeast Regional bid. MacKnight also earned ECC Co-Coach of the Year and was honored by the Nassau County Sports Commission as Female College Coach of the Year.
MacKnight earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stony Brook in 2005, where she was a four-year member and starter on the Seawolves volleyball team from 2001-04. She currently holds the school record for block assists in a career (318) and holds the single match record for attack percentage (.800).
In addition MacKnight is ranked second all-time in total blocks (425) and third in blocks per game (1.06) at Stony Brook.
Born and raised in Valley Stream, N.Y., MacKnight attended Valley Stream Central High School where she lettered in both volleyball and basketball and won a gold medal in 2000 at the Empire State Games.
MacKnight is also a graduate of Adelphi, receiving her Master’s in physical education/teaching in 2007.

Camp Details

Girls of all ability levels between the ages of 12-16 are welcome to attend. Campers are trained in all the fundamentals of volleyball – including serving, position work, match play and technique. 

A physical, signed by a doctor, is needed in order to participate in this camp. A copy of a physical that you may already have is accepted. Forms are collected on the first day of camp. Please see registration packet for more details. Registration packets are emailed to registered campers beginning in the spring. 

More Important Camp Details

What is included in the fee?

Session I runs from 9:00am-3:00pm. Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring a sack lunch with them each day. 

Session II runs from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Campers should eat lunch before attending. 

Campers may purchase a Molten volleyball for $15. Volleyballs are provided for each camper to use during the session and purchasing one is optional.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Session One: July 17-20, 2017

  • Check-in: 9:00am on Monday July 17th
  • Check-out: Graduation is at 2:30-3:00pm on Thursday July 20th

Session Two: July 31-August 4, 2017

  • Check-in: 1:00pm on Monday, July 31st
  • Check-out: Graduation is at 4:30-5:00pm on Friday, August 4th

***NOTE: Camp session end promptly at their designated end times. There is NO SUPERVISION before or after camp sessions. Please be on time to pick up your camper.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Equipment Needed: 2 T-Shirts, 1-2 pairs knee pads, 1 pair of gym shorts or spandex, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of volleyball shoes (well broken in), 1 pair of shoes to wear to gym/gym bag, water bottle, LUNCH each day

Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.

Team Discount

If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Groups can register online or via mail/fax. 

To register a group online: Please have someone contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our REGISTRATION FORM providing credit card number or a check. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415-526-5933. Mail registrations to Nike Volleyball Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.


Adelphi University is located in Garden City, New York, about 20 miles outside of Manhattan on Long Island.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30 Camper arrival & free play
  • 9:30-12:00 Skills session
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 Stations, team play, games
  • 3:00 Campers depart

Camper Reviews

Anya E.Adelphi University Camper 7/30/16

  • 4/5.

Coaches and campers are all motivated to make the best of every minute we have at camp. We made progress in every skill area, and got a lot done in four days, without rushing through anything.

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Candace M. Parent of a camper 8/1/16

  • 5/5.
Will be back

My daughter attended 3 volleyball camps this summer and by far this was her favorite. Instruction was top notch. The coaches were kind, knowledgeable and allowed the girls to have fun. She came away with new friendships and respect for the game. Her serve improved tremendously. She will be back next summer. 

Patricia B.Parent of a camper 7/25/15

  • 4/5.
Loved it

What Nike Volleyball Camp did so well was have a week of excellent, intense instruction that was also fun and engaging.  My daughter absolutely loved it and learned so much!

Maria H. Parent of a camper 8/5/15

  • 4/5.
Catered instructiong

The Nike VB camp was an excellent experience. Our daughter really enjoyed it while getting a great workout. I like that they train every player based on their individual ability. 

Parent of an Adelphi Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next summer!

My daughter enjoyed this camp so much. She was challenged and came home with better knowledge of improving her game. Everyday was better than the one before. She can't wait for next summer.

Adelphi Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Fun and challenging

If your really serious about volleyball or learning how to play volleyball and all techniques, this is the volleyball camp to go to. The teachers are nice, you play fun games, you get to meet new people and whatever you need they will help you with. Even though its hard work, its completely worth it and you'll be happy by the end of the week.

Adelphi Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Learned new skills

The Nike volleyball camp was great. My coaches were smart, had high skill, and knew what they were doing. I made new friends and and learned new skills that have helped my playing since.

Adelphi Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Very fun camp

It was a very fun camp and you learn a lot at the same time.

Adelphi Camper

  • 5/5.
Fantastic experience

The Nike Volleyball camp was a wonderful way to combine the skills, athleticism, mentoring, and friendship of everyone involved. My experience was fantastic in all areas. I look forward to returning to Nike Volleyball camp next summer.

Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Provided positive reinforcement

Instructions are detailed to improve your play while providing positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Parent of an Adelphi Camper

  • 5/5.
Builds confidence

The Nike volleyball camp was a great experience for my daughter. The camp helped build her confidence, making her a better all around player. 

Parent of an Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.

My daughter learned some new skills in this one week camp, and it is definitely affordable. 

Adelphi Camper

  • 5/5.
Best camp

I would strongly recommend this program.  I have attending many camps and have found the Nike Camp at Adelphi to be the best!

Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Experienced staff

I thought this camp was great! I would definitely do it again. There were plenty of very helpful and experienced counseors to really help you up your game. It's also the perfect size, not too many campers.

Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Great experience

This camp was a great experience for my daughter. Each day she learned something new to improve her skills. 

Parent of an Adelphi Camper

  • 3/5.
Good skill assessment

It gave my daughter a good overall assessment of her strengthens and weaknesses.

Adelphi Camper

  • 5/5.
Overall excellent

The coaches were friendly and very good, the overall experience was excellent.

Parent of an Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Learn the fundamentals

"This camp was excellent to learn the fundamentals of the game and the coaches and staff give 100% to make sure each child improves."

Parent of an Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Looking forward to next year!

"My daughter loved Nike volley ball camp . She didn't go with a group but by the end of the week she made a few friends. She learns new skills and was encouraged to continue. She looks forward to going back next year."

Adelphi Camper

  • 5/5.

"Nike volleyball camp was one of the best camps I've ever gone to. It was fun, instructional, fast paced and I LOVED IT!"

Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Great overall

"Beautiful indoor gym, great instructors and lots of drills."

Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Well coached

"Good solid instruction , well coached and supervised, a fun way to improve your game."

Parent of an Adelphi Camper

  • 3/5.
Get useful tips

The coaches are good, involved in the sport at a higher level and can spot deficiencies and offer helpful/useful tips.

Adelphi Camper

  • 4/5.
Can't wait to return!

The Nike volleyball camp at Adelphi University was so helpful and a lot of fun. All of the counselors were very friendly and made me feel welcome at this camp. I loved this camp and so did all of my friends. I am definitely coming back next year.

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.