Nike Volleyball Camp at Thomas More College

Nike Volleyball Camp at Thomas More College
Nike Volleyball Camp at Thomas More College

Join Coach John Spinney at Thomas More College this summer!

Campers master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable game play experience. Every aspect of the game is covered, giving you a solid skill foundation to build upon after camp. Players undergo a skill evaluation during the first camp session and are placed in groups according to ability level.

Highlights Include

  • 10:1 Camper to coach ratio
  • Campers grouped according to age and skill level
  • Nike Volleyball Camp T-shirt
  • Training with excellent coaches
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

John Spinney
Camp Director

John Spinney

John Spinney is in his eighth season of his second stint as the head volleyball coach at Thomas More College during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Last season (2014), he led the Saints to a 30-5 record, including a 16-2 mark in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC).  The Saints won the PAC regular season and tournament titles, while advancing to the program's school-best-tying 13th NCAA Division III Championship.

In 2013, he led the Saints to a 24-6 record, including a 15-3 record in the PAC.  The Saints won the program's fifth PAC tournament title and advance to the program's 12 NCAA Division III Tournament.

In 2012, Spinney guided the Saints to a 26-6 record, including a 17-1 record in the PAC.  The Saints won  PAC regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

In 2011, he guided the Saints to a 19-11 record including a 13-5 record in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and a spot in the PAC Championship Tournament semifinals for the seventh straight season.

In 2010, Spinney led the Saints to a 28-8 record, including a perfect 18-0 in PAC matches. The Saints won PAC regular season and tournament titles for the third time in program history and advanced to the program's 10th NCAA Division III Tournament.

In 2009, he guided the Saints to the PAC regular season and tournament titles and the NCAA Division III Tournament. Thomas More finished the season with a 28-11 record, including a 13-1 record in the PAC.

In 2008, Spinney guided the Saints to a 28-7 record, including an 11-3 mark in Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) play. The Saints finished runner-up in the PAC tournament.

In his first season at Thomas More in 2001, Spinney guided the Saints to an 18-19 record, an improvement of two games over the team's record in 2000. Of the Saints' 19 losses, 13 came to teams ranked 15th or higher in the Division III Top-25. In addition, Spinney accepted the head coaching job in March of 2001, having not been able to recruit nor properly prepare for the upcoming season. However, his 18 wins were the fourth-highest by a Thomas More head coach in their first season, tying him with James Neyhouse and Clayton Barnes who each posted 18 wins in the 1998 and 2000 seasons, respectively.

In 2002, Spinney led the team to its first 20-win season since 1999 as the team went 20-15, barely missing the team's school-leading eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. Thomas More played 10 matches against teams ranked in the NCAA Division III Top-25 and 11 matches against eight teams that advanced to the 2002 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship.

Before his arrival at Thomas More prior to the 2001 season, Spinney was associated with winning, mostly as an assistant coach. All totaled, he has spent 10 seasons as a college coach, seven as an assistant and three as a head coach. Spinney began his collegiate coaching career back in 1993 as an assistant coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio under Mary Ann Broderick. The following season, in 1994, Spinney served as interim head coach, guiding the Lions to a school record 37 wins as the team posted a a record of 37-9 before losing in the NAIA regional championship.

Following the 1994 season, Spinney resumed his duties as assistant coach at Mount St. Joseph where he stayed until 1997 when he left to become an assistant coach at Division I Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT in 1998. During that season, the Stags went 35-2, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning them conference coaching staff of the year honors in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Fairfield also won its third-straight MAAC regular season title as well as their second-straight MAAC Tournament championship to advance to the national tournament.

After longtime friend and Fairfield head coach Todd Kress resigned following the 1998 season, Spinney returned home to Cincinnati, OH where he rejoined the Mount St. Joseph staff before the 1999 season. In 1999, the Lions finished 34-5 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. The next season in 2000, Mount St. Joseph also advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals with a 32-5 record. As a member of the Lions' coaching staff those two seasons, Spinney helped coach Betsy Owens who was a three-time AVCA All-American, including a two-time First-Team selection.

In his six seasons as an assistant coach at Mount St. Joseph, Spinney helped the team to an overall record of 204-76 (.729). Combined with his record as an assistant at Fairfield, he has a record of 239-78 (.754) in seven seasons as an assistant coach. His career head coaching record currently stands at 75-43 (.636) which means in his 10 seasons as a collegiate coach, Spinney has been associated with over 300 wins with a record of 314-121 (.722).

Spinney, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, has coached various Cincinnati clubs to the national tournament, including Sports Express, Team Z and Cincy Classic. He now is the coaching director for Cincy Classic Volleyball Club and over the past two years the club has sent 10 teams to Junior Olympic Nationals.

As a player, Spinney was captain and president of the University of Cincinnati men's club volleyball team in 1992 and 1993. Today, he continues to compete in local indoor and outdoor tournaments and serve as an official in recreational leagues while conducting clinics for area volleyball enthusiasts.

Camp Details

This All Skills program is designed to benefit players at any stage of their game. Daily instruction consists of position specific training, fun games, and full scrimmages. Skill level groups ensure that beginners are given a solid foundation in the basics while advanced players perfect their techniques. 

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

More Important Camp Details

What's included in the fee?

Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.

Extended Day campers (9am-9pm - except on first and last day): Lunch and dinner are provided.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Volleyball Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

2017 SESSION INFORMATION

All Skills July 7-9, 2017

Check in: Friday July 7th, 2017. Time TBA
Check out: Sunday July 9th, 2017. Time TBA

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle

HOUSING

Dorm: TBA
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: On each Floor
Linens: Not provided. Please bring own linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel
Air Conditioning: Yes
Key Deposit: TBA
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: athletic trainer on-site and a hospital nearby

TRAVEL

Transportation is not provided. The closest major airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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.

Facilities

The Connor Convocation Center is one of the finest small college facilities in the country. With a seating capacity of 1,200, the gym annually hosts many high-profile local events such as the Ohio-Kentucky High School All-Star Game and high school graduations.  The building has served as the home for the Kentucky Pro Cats of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 Wake up/Shower
  • 7:45 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Stretching/Conditioning
  • 9:15 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
  • 10:30 Defense and serving drills
  • 12:00 Lunch, rest
  • 1:30 Spiking Demo
  • 1:45 Review: pass/set/serve
  • 2:30 Practice: emergency recovery
  • 4:30 Free time, rest
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:30 Practice: games/scrimmages
  • 9:00 Films/video highlights
  • 10:00 Campers to rooms
  • 10:30 Lights outs

Camper Reviews

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Thomas More College is a brand new camp in 2017!

Camp Dates & Prices

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