UC Merced Nike Volleyball Camp

UC Merced Nike Volleyball Camp
UC Merced Nike Volleyball Camp

NIKE Volleyball Camps is proud to be back with Coach Noble at UC Merced for our ninth summer at the newest University of California campus.

Beginners and Intermediate players benefit from individual attention to help take their game to the next level in the All Skills class. Advanced players preparing for high school tryouts gain valuable preseason training and the opportunity to better themselves under the direction of college level coaches in a competitve and fun environment. 

Highlights Include

  • Training under the country‚Äôs best coaches
  • Excellent training facilities
  • Six hours of daily instruction
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Players grouped by age and ability level
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

David Noble
Camp Director

David Noble

David Noble, Associate Director of Recreation & Athletics at UC Merced, is in his third year as the Head Men’s Volleyball Coach. 2014 marked their first season in the National Conference (NAIAMVB).

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A UC graduate himself, Noble received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, before graduating with a Masters of Arts Degree in Sports and Fitness Management from the University of San Francisco. Noble brings over 30 years of coaching experience to UC Merced, most recently serving as the UC Merced Men’s Club Volleyball Coach the last four years. 

No stranger to developing successful programs, Noble was the founder and director of Team Santa Cruz (TSC) Boys Volleyball, which he would develop into one of the top junior programs in the country, and would plant the seeds for starting boys CIF volleyball in the Monterey Bay region.  During his time at TSC, he also served as the Head Coach for the UC Santa Cruz Women’s Volleyball team for one season, helping them achieve a winning season for the first time in four years with a record of 16-14.

Additionally, Noble also had successful stints coaching at the high school level with both men’s and women’s programs.  At Mt. Madonna High School, he helped start the very successful boys’ high school program, and led them to consecutive SCBVL league titles, while being named Coach of the Year. At Soquel High School, he turned around a program that would eventually share the SCCAL title and finish third in the CIF State Finals.  He has served as a USA Boys Youth National Team Assistant Coach, and as the founder of the Nike Boys Volleyball Club, he coached the Boys 18’s team to three consecutive top 10 finishes at nationals, including a Gold Medal at the USAV Junior Olympic Championships with the Nike Santa Barbara Boys team.   In 1995 Noble received the USA Volleyball Outstanding Male Coach Award.  

From 1994 to 1997 Noble was at UC Santa Barbara as the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach.  Hired at UCSB as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Noble recruited numerous All Big West Conference players and AVCA All-Americans while leading the Gauchos to NCAA Division I Top-10 rankings.  He would move on as the Head Coach for the New Mexico State University Women’s Volleyball program, where he led the Road Runners to their first Big West Conference Tournament in school history.  After New Mexico State, Noble made his way back to University of San Francisco, as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach.  In his second season, he lead the Dons to the second best turn around in West Coast Conference history.

Despite his success in developing programs and coaching successful players, Coach Noble is most proud of serving as an ambassador to grow the game of volleyball.  He has served as the Boys Commissioner for the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA), spent time as an original member of the USAV Junior Olympic Development Steering Committee, and has served the past 15 years as the head volleyball coach for the Native Vision Life Skills and Sports Camp, where every summer, he works with other professional and collegiate coaches and athletes to inspire 1,000 Native American Youth from across the country.

Camp Details

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

The Advanced program is recommended for high school varsity and club players, ages 14-18, with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play at the college level. A coach’s letter of recommendation is encouraged.

More Important Camp Details

What's included in the fee?

Day campers: Camp runs from 9am-4pm except for the last day. Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring a sack lunch with them each day.

Campers may purchase a Molten volleyball, the official volleyball of US Sports Camp, 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.


Day Camp: June 19-23, 2017

  • Check-in: between 8:30am-9:00am on Monday June 19th
  • Check-out: Graduation is at 12:00pm on Friday June 23rd 

*There is no supervision before 9am or after 4pm each day. Please be on time to pick up your camper or make other arrangements for their care.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle
Facility: Joseph Edward Gallo Gym

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.


Located in California’s central valley, UC Merced is our nation’s newest academic research institution located just 90 minutes from Yosemite National Park. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 Campers arrive
  • 9:15 Stretching, warm-up
  • 9:30 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
  • 10:30 Defense and serving drills
  • 12:00 Lunch, rest
  • 1:00 Hitting demonstration, practice
  • 1:45 Position training
  • 2:30 Transition drills
  • 3:00 Team matches
  • 4:00 Campers depart

Camper Reviews

UC Merced Camper '16

  • 4/5.
Became a better player

When I came to this camp I was told their goal was to have me leave this camp a better player, and that's exactly what happened! 

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UC Merced Camper '16

  • 4/5.

The Nike Volleyball Camp at UC Merced is a perfect camp for intermediate players ...they are intense but have fun in a fun environment and I left a
better player then when I came and to me that is success.

Parent of a UC Merced Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Wonderful experience

My daughter Nihya plays club volleyball and I can attest this camp is wonderful for those looking to excel in new and old techniques. This camp helped my daughter get to next level in this sport! Wonderful experience.

Parent of a UC Merced Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Fun attitude

The attitude and energy at this Nike camp is the best.

UC Merced Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Accelerate skills

"This is a great opportunity for young girls that want to and search for a place to accelerate their volleyball skills."

UC Merced Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Improve Your Skills

"If you want to learn how to be a good volleyball player, go to Nike Camp! They help you with your weakest strategy and teach you how to do it correctly. And, the coaches are really fun and encourgaging to be around! It was also my first time to be at the UC Merced campus. I had a blast!"

Parent of UC Merced Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Amazing Coaches!

"There is no other camp like it. Dave and his assistant coaches are amazing with kids. Their system really works. The skill of each one of them is unbelievable. They taught my daughter so much and myself as a spectator. It was worth every penny. I can't wait to sign up again!!! Thank you Dave!!!"

UC Merced Camper '13

  • 4/5.
Great Learning Experience

"The camp was great. I met new friends and had fun learning the game and had alot of help on the skills that I needed to impove on."

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

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