Nike Volleyball Camp at Virginia Tech

Nike Volleyball Camp at Virginia Tech
Nike Volleyball Camp at Virginia Tech

Under the guidance of Head Coach Chris Riley and his exceptional staff, campers improve their skills and increase their confidence for their upcoming season. Coach Riley promises to be an exciting and energetic director.

Train like a hokie this summer in the iconic Cassell Coliseum. Virginia Tech offers an All Skills, High Potential, and Position Specific program. With in each session campers are grouped based on their skill level. 

Highlights Include

  • Six hours of daily instruction
  • 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
  • Personal, take-home skills evaluation
  • Evening activities
  • Official NIKE Volleyball Camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Chris Riley
Camp Director

Chris Riley

Chris Riley was named Virginia Tech head volleyball coach in 2006 and is entering his eighth season at the helm.  

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During his tenure, Riley has coached three first team All-ACC honorees, including three-time winners, Felicia Willoughby and Cara Baarendse. Five players have earned spots on the All-Freshman team and Willoughby was named Freshman of the Year in 2007. In addition, three players have been recognized as AVCA All-America with Katie Esbrook (2006), Willoughby (2008, 2009, 2010) and Baarendse (2010, 2011) earning honors.

In 2012, Riley guided the Hokies to an 18-14 record and 9-11 in the ACC to finish seventh. Tech picked up a 3-0 win over Miami to snap a five-match slide against the Hurricanes. Baarendse finished up her career, winning All-ACC honors for the third time and completing her career as Tech’s all-time leader in hitting percentage.

During the 2011 campaign, the Hokies went 18-13 and 11-9 in the ACC to finish sixth. Baarendse was named All-ACC, AVCA All-East Region and earned All-America honors. 

In 2010, Riley led the Hokies to arguably their best season in program history. Under his direction, the Hokies defeated an AVCA top-25 opponent for the first time in school history (No. 25 Florida State, W 3-2, Oct. 29), and they earned their first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.  The Hokies went 20-12, 10-10 in the ACC, and went undefeated (6-0) in neutral matches for the first time ever. Not only did the Hokies go to the NCAA Tournament, but they defeated Delaware, 3-0, in the first round, and put up a strong fight against fourth-seeded Penn State in the second round, who went on to win its fourth straight national title. Additionally, he coached the first pair of Hokies to ever earn All-America honors in the same season, as Willoughby and Baarendse both picked up honorable mentions.

Riley coached the Hokies to a 12-3 record in Cassell Coliseum in 2009, picking up the most home wins since 1998, when the Hokies went 12-2 on their own court. It was just the sixth time in Hokie history that the team won 12 or more matches at home. Tech finished with a 19-12 overall record, going 9-11 in ACC play and finishing in a tie with Wake Forest for seventh.  Under his direction, Willoughby once again took home several impressive awards, including AVCA First Team All-East Region and All-America Honorable Mention. Sophomores Justine Record and Erin Leaser both earned VaSID Second Team All-State honors. Senior libero Jill Gergen set a new Tech record for digs in a match, registering 37 against Clemson on October 19, and Baarendse broke the record for freshman hitting percentage, going .354 on the season.

In 2008, Riley took a young squad welcoming seven newcomers and turned it into a strong ACC contender. The Hokies went 20-11, 11-9 in the ACC, winning 20 matches for the first time since 2002, and sat atop the ACC standings for much of the conference season. Tech also won 11 straight matches at one point in the season, matching the longest winning streak in school history. Sophomore Willoughby blossomed under Riley’s direction, breaking the school record and leading the ACC in season hitting percentage (.402). Willoughby led the team in kills (326) and blocks (117), and captured honorable mention All-America, First Team All-AVCA East Region, First Team All-ACC and First Team All-State accolades. Riley also helped develop freshman setter Leaser, who tallied 1,084 assists on the year, fifth-most among Tech freshmen all time. Leaser earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman team, received Second Team All-State honors and was named the state’s Rookie of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors of America.

Riley guided a young Tech squad to a 14-18 record in 2007, and an 8-14 mark in the ACC, tying for eighth place in the conference. Riley led the group to the program’s 550th victory, coming over Wake Forest on Oct. 20, and its second consecutive sweep of the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational. The Hokies set Virginia Tech records with 611 block assists and 394.5 total blocks as a team in 2007. Willoughby flourished in her rookie campaign, having one of the best seasons ever for a Hokie freshman. The Pleasanton, Calif., native set a Tech record with 172 total blocks on the season, ranking first in the ACC and 11th in the nation. Willoughby also broke a Hokie record with 143 block assists.

In 2006, Riley led the team to its best finish since joining the ACC. The Hokies finished with a 17-14 overall record, their first winning season since 2002. Tech won a school-record 11 conference matches, including season sweeps of the 2005 Co-ACC Champions and NCAA Tournament participants Maryland and North Carolina, en route to a sixth-place finish in the league.

Prior to coming to Tech, Riley spent six seasons at Towson University, where he led the team to five straight 20-win seasons, three Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships, the 2004 CAA tournament championship and the 2004 NCAA Tournament. He won the CAA Coach of the Year award in 2003, and the America East Coach of the Year award in 2001. Riley had an overall record of 144-54 at Towson.

Before his stint at Towson, Riley spent six years at St. John’s University in New York. While serving as an assistant with the Red Storm, Riley helped lead the team in its inaugural year as a Division I program. He implemented off-season training programs and assisted with recruiting. Riley also started the first volleyball camp at St. John’s.

Riley also spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jacksonville University.

A 1993 graduate of Jacksonville with a bachelor of arts in English, he played for the Dolphins’ golf team and formed the men’s volleyball club. He was the captain of the volleyball club as a senior.

Riley has competed in beach and USA Volleyball indoor leagues and tournaments. In addition to his college coaching experience, Riley also served as the head coach for the Long Island-Big Apple Volleyball Club, a nationally recognized junior team in Nassau, N.Y., from 1998-2000.

Riley and his wife, the former Tara Cahill, are the parents of sons, Aidan and Quinn, and a daughter, Kieran. They reside in Blacksburg, Va.

Camp Details

The All Skills program is open to players of all ability levels and ages 10-18. Here you’ll master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics, and gain valuable game play experience.

The High Potential program is recommended for high school varsity players (entering sophomore, junior or senior year) with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play at the college level.

The Position Specialty program is designed for players who want to specialize in the Setter, Hitter or Libero (Defensive Specialist) position. Campers must select just one position to specialize and train in during camp. They will receive intensive instruction on technique and proper form for this position during the camp session.

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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.

Official Virginia Tech Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $20.
Virginia Tech is hosting a Team Camp. For information, please contact Jenna Malcom: (540) 808-7666.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

SESSION DETAILS

Session One: All Skills & High Potential July 9-12, 2015

  • Check-in at 12:30pm on Thursday July 9th
  • Check-out at 12:00pm on Sunday July 12th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Thursday 12:30-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm

Session Two: Position Specialty July 13-15, 2015

  • Check-in at 12:30pm on Monday July 13th. Campers should come dressed ready to play.
  • Check-out at 12:00pm on Wednesday July 15th.
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday 12:30-9:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-9:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: ability level, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own kneepads and have at least one pair of well broken-in volleyball (court) shoes.
Facility: Virgina Tech Volleyball Courts

HOUSING

Dorm: Johnson Hall
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
Key Deposit: $100 – Bring a check made out to US Sports
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility:  athletic trainers are on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies

TRAVEL

Closest Airport: Roanoke Airport
Transportation: Not provided.  Links to the Smartway Shuttle & the Blacksburg Transit (BT) System.  Fee's and schedules are located on the websites:  www.smartwaybus.com & www.btransit.org.  Get off the Smartway bus at the Squires Student Center stop.  Walk half a block past the library and alumni center (big old house) to Kent Street to get to the BT bus that will take you by Cassell Coliseum (Ramble Road bus).  Transportation from the Roanoke Regional Airport can be arranged through Executive Town car and Limo Service:  (540) 366-4644.

Team Discount

If eight or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount. Discount does not apply to team only camps.

Facilities

Virginia Tech is located in the heart of the New River Valley, about 30 minutes southwest of Roanoke.

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 demonstration
  • 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 room
  • 10:30 Lights out

Camper Reviews

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Intense and great food

Camp was very intense and by the end I learned a lot. The food was also FANTASTIC and there was a lot of choices. I would come back next year for sure.

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Parent of Virginia tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Learned new skills

2012 Virginia Tech volleyball camp was my daughters third year at the camp. Each year, she learned amazing skills. She brought home techniques that she used in her regular seasons and club seasons. She came back exhausted and happy!!! We will certainly see you next year!!! 

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Gained confidence

My daughter had a wonderful time at the Virginia Tech camp. She is already wanting to go back next year. She came out of the camp a more confident player and made tons of new friends. Thanks to the Virginia Tech coaches and players for a fantastic camp.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Be back next year

My daughter liked the fast pace and the feedback from the VA Tech coaches. She has been to numerous camps and has not learned anything new and was bored. She will go back to VA Tech next year. I hope Nike will be back as well.

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Recommend to everyone

Nike Volleyball Camps are very hands on, and teach important skills and techniques that are needed in the game of Volleyball. I would recommend this camp to anyone and everyone.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Challenges palyers

Putting campers in skill level groups that will challenge them and are appropriate regardless of their age. My daughter is an advanced player for her age, and you didn't hold her back to a less skilled group because of her age -- she ended up in the second from top group and was really challenged. She still says your camp is the most challenging one she has done this summer.

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience

My NIKE Volleyball Camp experience was a great one! The coaches are knowledgeable, encouraging, and friendly. We spent time drilling and working on skills as well as playing actual Volleyball games. I totally improved my game during the camp and will definitely be coming back next year!

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 4/5.
Hands on instruction

At VT Nike Camp I never stopped moving.. I had hands on instruction and the couselors were so informative. They helped me in a positive way... I loved it!!

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Good for all levels

I recommend attending this camp, because it's a very good experience for any skill level volleyball player. One can learn new strategies from the best, Virginia Tech's volleyball team and coaches. Not only is it about being a better volleyball player at this camp, but it's also about being a better volleyball team. One can get to know so many new people who share their passion for volleyball. It's an awesome experience for anyone who loves volleyball as much as the girls at this camp do.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper

  • 4/5.
Great camp

Great Camp. Provided a lot of instruction in a very short time. 

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Excellent

This camp was excellent! I went with my friend to the Virginia Tech hitters camp and it was a great camp we learned alot of new things and met alot of the Vtech players and nice people that shared the same passion that we had about volleyball too! 

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 4/5.
Great intensity

Great instruction and intensity, fun warmups, very social but still good experience.

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 4/5.
Keeps you busy

They keep you busy with numerous activities and games. I was never bored with the camp. And the staff is very helpful. 

Parent of Virginia Tech camper

  • 5/5.
Confidence boost

"I would suggest this camp to others, and I have as a matter of fact, because of the improvement I saw in my daughter after being at the camp. Not only has her serving improved but she is more confident on the court as well. As a parent I was impressed. She also told me that she was always safe and the girls were well looked after. She will definitely return to this camp."

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Great overall experience

"My daughter has been at the Virginia Tech camp twice. She received more attention, more playing time and got more encouragment from the coaches than any other camp she has attended."

Virginia Tech Camper

  • 5/5.
Great for all skill levels

This camp is great for players of any skill level. The coaches do a great job of evaluating the players and assigning them to courts based on skill level, not just age. All of the coaches, even those that are students, are knowledgable about the sport and share their knowledge with the campers. I have nothing but positive things to say about the camp I attended at Virginia Tech.

Parent of Virginia Tech Camper

  • 4/5.
Very organized

Both of my daughters have participated in this camp over the last few years. It has been a fantastic experience every time. They have improved so much and made many lasting friendships. The camp is very organized and the session are well planned. The Virginia Tech staff involved is superb. I would highly recommend this camp!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: All Skills
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Girls
*Please note, times vary on the first and last day of camp.
Extended 9am-9pm $455.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $555.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Advanced
Age Group: 14 - 18
Gender: Girls
*Please note, times vary on the first and last day of camp.
Extended 9am-9pm $455.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $555.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Setter, Hitter, Libero
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Girls
*Please note, times vary on the first and last day of camp.
Extended $250.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $350.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.