Sacred Heart University Nike Volleyball Camp Fairfield, Connecticut
Located between New York City and Boston, 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.
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.
The Setter/Hitter camp is for girls ages 10-18 who would like to get more intensive training on their specific setter or hitter 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.
- 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
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 reached the NEC championship game for the first time in program history.
Machan joined the Sacred Heart athletic department after two years as an assistant coach in at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. As a member of head coach Chris Keife's staff, Machan helped guide the Cougar program back to the NAIA Tournament in 2005 for the first time since 2000. He helped the Cougars match that feat again in 2006, the first time in school history they received back to back bids to the tournament. While at APU he graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical EducationRead Full Bio
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 Code: VOGRSH
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: Nike Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $25. 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.
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: Roncalli Hall
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
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)
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