UC Santa Cruz Nike Volleyball Camp

UC Santa Cruz Nike Volleyball Camp
UC Santa Cruz Nike Volleyball Camp

The University of California at Santa Cruz is located just 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods, campers will be inspired to improve their game.

The All Skills program is open to girls of any ability level. You'll master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable game play experience.

The Advanced program is recommended for high school varsity (entering sophomore, junior or senior year) and club players with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play at the college level. This intense and challenging program stresses position play, advanced team techniques and physical conditioning.

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
  • Trip to the Boardwalk
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Todd Hollenbeck
Camp Director

Todd Hollenbeck

Camp Director for the following sessions: July 7-11; July 14-18; July 21-25 Coach Hollenbeck returns for his fourth year as head coach of the UC Santa Cruz Men’s Volleyball teams. In 2012 Coach Hollenbeck led the Men’s Volleyball team to a Continental Volleyball Conference Championship and a 3rd place finish at the NCAA NIII National Tournament. Coach Hollenbeck...

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Todd has coached at Peninsula High School for over five years as a coach, camp counselor and volunteer assistant while pursuing a career in marketing.

Originally from Rancho Palos Verdes located in southern California, Todd attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton CA. In 2007 Hollenbeck graduated from Pacific with a degree in Marketing.

Hollenbeck played division I volleyball for the Tigers as an outside hitter and middle blocker. In his senior year, he received the "Most Inspirational Player" award.

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Dwight Combs
Camp Director

Dwight Combs

Camp Director for session I: June 29-July 3 A Graduate of California State University, Sacramento (’98), Holding a degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science.  In Coach Combs’ first season the Banana Slugs posted the programs first 20 win season since 1994. The 2013 Banana Slugs posted victories over several top ranked NCAA DIII programs and...

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In 2008, He accepted the position of Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. While at HNU Coach Combs’ Led the Women’s program to Consecutive Undefeated Cal-Pac Conference championships (2010 & 2011) and rebuilt the struggling Men’s Program, posting winning records in 2010 and 2011.  The Lady Hawks posted a 52-15 conference record during coach Combs’ five year tenure at HNU. Dwight was honored as Cal-Pac Coach of the year in both 2010 and 2011 and Holy Names University Alpha-Delta Coach of the year in 2012. Over his five seasons heading the women’s program at HNU the Hawks had 16 all-conference players, including 2 conference player of the year awards, 2 libero of the year awards, a newcomer of the year award, and a freshman of the year award.

In 2012 Holy Names made the transition from NAIA to NCAA DII and the Pacific West Conference. In the Hawks first season in the Pacific West Conference the Hawks posted an 8-8 conference record, finishing in the top half of a very tough DII conference. In 2012, both the Men’s and Women’s programs posted the best records and winning percentage of all athletic programs at Holy Names and the Women’s Program was honored as the University’s Team of the year.

In 2013, Coach Combs made the move to UC Santa Cruz. Coach Combs prides himself as a servant/mentor leader, “I see coaching volleyball as an opportunity to give the student-athletes an experience that compliments the education they receive in the class room. Character development matters to me and is the basis of any success I have had as a coach. I strive to be significant in the development of servant leaders and mentors. Encouraging an environment that is based on work ethic, integrity, team work, and responsibility.”

Semper Ad Meloria is Coach Combs’ personal motto that translated means “always improving”. He states “My prime directive as a coach is to focus on improvement of the entire program and the whole student athlete. Fostering Team Work, Respect, Unity, Sincerity, and Tolerance or TRUST.”

Coach Combs played Volleyball at Antioch High School, Los Medanos College, and CSU, Sacramento. He is an avid Grass and Beach Player. Most recently coached club volleyball for Nor-Cal Volleyball club. He resides in Walnut Creek, CA.

Camp Details


The NIKE Volleyball camp at UC Santa Cruz 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.

Boardwalk Trip - Campers will be traveling to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk one evening during the week. The entire coaching staff attends and supervises the campers. *Permission form required!

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Check-in: between 1:00pm-2:30pm on the first day
Volleyball instruction begins after check-in.  Dinner will be the first meal.
Check-out: Graduation is at 11:30am on the last day
Overnight & Extended Day campers check-out between 12:00-12:30pm at the dormitory.


Ratio: 1:8
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle
Facility: Hay Field House


Dorm: College 8 
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: No
Key Deposit: $75 for keys and $10 for meal card
Spending Money: $50
Medical Facility: Athletic trainers are on-site and a hospital nearby
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.


Head Womens Coach Dwight Coombs will be directing Session I.  Former Head Women's Coach and current Head Mens Coach, Todd Hollenbeck will be directing Sessions II through IIII.

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

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Grouped by Ability

I really enjoyed this camp. The coaches made sure you were right in your ability level, that also challenged you. They had drills to match your abilit and they made them fun:)

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UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Fun and Hard Work

In less than a week, this camp reminded me why i play volleyball and how much I love this sport. I improved so much and had fun while working very hard.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Experience

Overall, this camp was a great experience for me. I feel that I improved my volleyball skills and I played in a setting that ws more advanced than what I usually play in.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Returning Next year

My second year at camp, I had a blast! Training and coaching helped me for the upcoming volleyball season at school. I will definitely return next year!

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Good Coaches

It is fun, the coaches are good, and you can really improve on your volleyball skills.

It is fun

  • 5/5.
Fun and exciting

Nike Volleyball Camp was a truly fun and exciting experience. I got to spend an good amount of time with my friends but I also enjoyed making new friends. My skill level went up so much because I played with other volleyball players almost exactly my level. The best thing they did, though, was letting me have one of the best weeks of my life! 

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Gets you in shape

This camp was really fun and informative at the same time. You really get in shape over the course of the week while making new friends. 

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Awesome camp

Awesome camp! My daughter learned great volleyball fundamentals while enjoying a week on the California coast.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Experienced coaches

This camp is very safe. The coaches are experienced and fun to be with. I already knew the basics of volleyball but this camp taught me how to improve my skills and feel confident about them. 

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience

As an advanced player, they evaluated me pointing out the area of weakness in my game. They stressed on what areas I need to work on to improve my game and to strive to be an outstanding person and player. They provided information on what colleges are looking for in a player, stressed that good grades too are a factor in awarding scholarships. The Santa Cruz camp was a great experience. I have participated in lots of camps locally, but found the UCSC camp the best so far. The size of campers to coaches was just right. I was at a camp that had 40 girls at my playing level, so individual instruction was limited. I made so many friends at this camp. More so than any I have attended. We keep in touch and plan on keeping in touch during our volleyball season. I hope I can again attend one of these camps. Thank you Nike VB for the camp at UCSC.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Positive experience

The overall experience was very positive, every area was very well organized and fun.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.

I had a great coach, the staff kept us very safe, and the food was delicious.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Experience

"Nike volleyball camp at uc santa cruz was an awesome camp. It was really well organized and i learned a lot and improved so much during the week. The dorms were really nice too and the food was really good. Also the campus was amazing and the trip to the beach and the boardwalk was sooo much fun. i also met alot of great friends at the camp and of course i loved playing volleyball and the coaches were really helpful. I would totally recommend this camp to anybody with a passion for volleyball."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Great for International Players!

"I heard through my daughters stories and she had a blast. For an advanced volleyball player, the level was good and the coaches pushed the team to try harder. I highly recommend this camp to all volleyball players of all levels. They always improve. And the coaches were amazing and so fun! Coming from Europe I was impressed by the organization of the camp. For international volleyball players it was a great experience."

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Fun and Challenging!

"I had a blast at Nike camp! The coaches and players all made for an exciting learning experience. I definitely thought that staying overnight really contributed to the team chemistry, and positive attitude throughout the entire camp! I recommend this camp to anyone who loves volleyball, is willing to learn, and can endure sore muscles!!"

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Return camper

This camp was really fun for me. I made loads of new friends, the coaches were really friendly, and the dorms were really nice too! The instruction at this camp was great, and I ended up taking away many new skills and drills to practice at home. I've been going to this camp for two years now, and it's like it gets more and more fun every year!

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Happy camper

My daughter came back from Nike camp full of enthusiasm and confidence in herself and her volleyball skills.

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