Sacred Heart University Nike Volleyball Camp

Sacred Heart University Nike Volleyball Camp
Sacred Heart University Nike Volleyball Camp

Located between Boston and New York City, in beautiful suburban Fairfield, Connecticut, Sacred Heart University provides campers with first-rate coaching and one of the finest athletic centers in New England.

Coach Machan offers a variety of camps to suit the needs of all players.

All Skills: 

Instruction can be attended by girls, ages 10-18, playing at any skill level. Campers will master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable game play experience.


Instruction is recommended for girls ages 14-18 entering grades 9-12. This intense, challenging program stresses position play, advanced team techniques and physical conditioning. Campers will be expected to participate in a thorough skill evaluation on the first day and will be divided into groups by ability level. There are TWO Advanced camps available. One takes place in July and the other in August for those who want an extra training camp before the start of the season.

Please note, the overnight option is sold out for the August 4-7 session.

Position Specialty:

The Setter/Hitter/Libero camp is for girls ages 10-18 who would like to get more intensive training on their specific position.

ATTENDING MULTIPLE SESSIONS OF CAMP: For campers who would like attend consecutive summer camp sessions, you are more than welcome to do so and it is encouraged if you are looking for the most comprehensive camp training. The camps all run back to back and there is no extra cost to stay over in between. Campers will have a few hours to rest at the end of each session before the next camp begins. Adult supervision will be provided during that time.

Highlights Include

  • Training under the country’s best coaches
  • Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
  • Six hours of daily instruction
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Players grouped by age and ability level
  • Personal evaluations from your coach
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Rob Machan
Camp Director

Rob Machan

Rob Machan took over the head coaching reigns of the Pioneers women's volleyball program in 2007. In 2011, Machan led the Pioneers to their second consecutive conference championship for the first time in program history.  Since his arrival he has led his team to a berth in the Northeast Conference tournament in every season. With Machan at the helm in 2009 Sacred Heart...

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Prior to his stint at Azusa Pacific, Machan spent the previous four seasons (five overall) as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Southern California where his primary responsibilities with the team included coaching and training blocking systems, coordinating the defense and serving strategy, and assisting in recruiting. He also handled the program's alumni and community relations, as well as its gift and fundraising efforts.

After nearly two successful decades worth of experience at the club volleyball level, none could match the experience Machan enjoyed at USC under hall-of-fame coach Mick Haley. In 2002, he, along with fellow assistant Keife, helped coach USC to the national title. In 2003, he aided the Women of Troy capture a second straight national championship, its third Pac-10 championship in a five-year period and a perfect 35-0 record with an NCAA record 47-straight victories. While at USC, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

With more than 18 years of experience as a girls' volleyball coach, Machan founded the Long Beach Volleyball Club in 1986 and Power/Asics Nova Volleyball Club in 1995. He coached Long Beach Club for six seasons, worked with the Magnum Volleyball Club for two years and then spent the past five years with Power/Asics Nova. Starting in 1991, his club teams earned medals in the Junior Olympic National Open Tournament nine times, including three gold.

As the La Habra (Calif.) High varsity girls' coach from 1994 to 1995, he led the team to consecutive league titles and two CIF quarterfinal appearances.

Camp Details


The NIKE Volleyball camp at Sacred Heart University provides campers with top quality instruction plus:

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.

Volleyballs: Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Volleyballs must be paid for at the time of registration. Campers do not need to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Check-in: between 2:00-3:30pm on the first day at the William H. Pitt Center
Check-out: Graduation is at 2:00pm on the last day

Extra Nights/Weekend Stayover: Campers attending multiple sessions will have a few hours to rest between programs and will be fully supervised during that time by the SHU Staff


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: ability, 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: Indoor Courts


Dorm: Merton Hall
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning:  YES, both the gym and dorms are air conditioned
Key Deposit: $100 – Bring a check made out to US Sports
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility:  an athletic trainer are on-site


Nike Volleyball Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots.  If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service.  The closest airports to campus are:
Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT)
West Chester County Airport – (White Plains, NY)
LaGuardia International Airport – (NYC)
John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport – (NYC)
Tweed New Haven Airport (New Haven, CT)

More Details

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.

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 rooms
  • 10:30 Lights out

Camper Reviews

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Perfect your form

Every day, there are so many hours of volleyball and you will get so many touches on the ball. The coaches really know the game and will help you to perfect your form.

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Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Improve game

My daughter has attended this camp for three years now and loves each session - her game has really improved.

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience

My daughter loved Nike VB Camp at SHU so much. She said it was the best sports camp she has been to and she has attended many BB and VB camps over the years. The instructors taught her so many new skills and had such positive attitudes. Overall, GREAT experience.

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Attentive instructors

This is an excellent camp! The coaches are very attentive and assist you at all levels. They followed through to make sure that everyone understood proper technique.

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
High caliber instructors

I would highly recommend the camp. The instructors are of high caliber and they know the game very well. They are not lazy and they care about the kids and look at where the player needs help. I will come back it's a awesome camp.

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Positive Experience

 What a positive experience for my daughter. She came out of the camp prepared and confident for making her high school team. And she made it! Thank you.

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Prepare for Tryouts

 I had an amazing time at the Nike volleyball camp at Sacred Heart. My coach was amazing and taught me a lot of new techniques to work on. I learned so much there and became a better volleyball player by going to this camp. It got me ready for tryouts.

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Friendly and Intense

I am from Canada and I traveled all the way from Montreal to Sacred Heart University to do this camp. I really wanted to improve my volleyball skills, so I stayed for 3 sessions. The many drills we did really allowed me to practice and get better. Even though I did not know anyone, I made some great friends and the coaches are super nice! If you like volleyball and want to improve in a friendly, but intense environment, the Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University is perfect for you!

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Improve Skills

 I do a Nike camp almost every year. My coaches are always surprised when I come back to school because I've improved so much!

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Awesome Time

I had an awesome time at the Sacred Heart University NIKE Volleyball Camp. I met great friends, coaches, and most importantly grew as a volleyball player. I would recommend the advanced program to players who want a challenging but reasonable camp.

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Ready for try-outs

Attending the Nike Volleyball Camp at SHU was a great introduction to competitive play to my soon to be high school daughter. Having no formal training before camp except for recreational volleyball town camps, this was a great insight and experience to let her know what to expect as she tries out for the high school team this fall. 

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Friendly and wonderful

I love this camp because the environment was so friendly and wonderful. The instructors are very nice and very helpful. We played a ton of volleyball... We definitely got more than we expected. 

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Good balance of serious instruction and fun

The Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University was a wonderful experience. The camp director and staff are well prepared, coordinated and dedicated to provide students both fundamental and advanced volleyball skills, with a right blend of serious instruction and fun. The progress made by all campers was evident. 

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Wonderful experience

I definitely would recomend Nike Volleyball Camps.  The SHU camp was a wonderful experience. I was pushed out of my comfert zone which caused me to really excel and push myself to the next level. Instruction was great. I learned what the true meaning of team is and what it takes to win. I promise you you would not be let down while attending a Nike Volleyball Camp.

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Excellent coaching staff

"Intensive, fun, and rigorous training session. Daughter enjoyed the dorms and made great friends. The coaching staff was excellent."

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Didn't want it to end!

"My daughter was new to the sport of volleyball and she had never stayed at an overnight camp. The Nike volleyball Camp combined the right balance of technical skills with building camper spirit and fun. She didn't want the camp to end and she wants to sign up again for next year!"

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Very well run

Nike Volleyball camp at Sacred Heart University is one of the best run volleyball camps, for any player, novice to advanced. My daughters have been attending these programs for years and have improved greatly each season.

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Great environment

The Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University blends instruction for individualized positions, court awareness, and overall skill-building that allows for any level of player to benefit. The whole camp environment is very fun, but conversely intense which makes for a lot of improvement for a camper!

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing energy and instruction

This camp is an energy and instruction filled environment with places for players of all levels to participate comfortably in differing drills and games while learning the skills as well as the big picture to the game of volleyball.

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 5/5.
Gain confidence

Nike volleyball camp has taught me how to be aggressive and competitive, along with learning how to be positive and support and cheer on my team. The camp has made me confident in playing and I improved tremendously within the 4 days. It was some of the most intense, sore, and memorable 4 days of my life. I would do it 100 times again

Parent of Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Get ready for tryouts

My daughter loved the camp and loved sleeping over and getting to know other players from high schools across CT and NY too! She learned a new kind of serve that the varsity players do and thought that it looked good by the time she left the camp. Great preparation for high school tryouts.

Sacred Heart University Camper

  • 4/5.
Loved camp!

I loved the camp! I met a lot of great people and the coaches made it so much fun! This was not my first time and will definitely not be my last!

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