Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at Sonoma State University

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at Sonoma State University
Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at Sonoma State University

USA Olympians Coralie Simmons and Genai Kerr are offering a Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp this coming summer at Sonoma State University. Located in the city of Rohnert Park, in Sonoma County, and only 1 hour from San Francisco this Nike Water Polo Camp is a camper favorite.

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps provide the highest level of individualized coaching for aspiring water polo athletes.  Whether you are learning the rules of water polo and how to eggbeater or preparing for college level competition, we have the best water polo camp for your skill level.  Lead by USA Olympians that understand the value of balance and setting goals we help prepare young student athletes to live their dreams.

Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.  

Highlights Include

  • Superior instruction from USA Olympians and College Coaches
  • Low camper to instructor ratio
  • Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
  • Water polo specific dry-land training
  • Health, Nutrition & Goal Setting Seminar

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Coralie Simmons

Coralie Simmons

Coralie Simmons returns for her seventh season as the head coach of the Sonoma State women’s water polo team in 2014.  Previously an assistant at UCLA and the University of Hawai'i, Simmons brings a wealth of national and international experience to Sonoma State’s water polo program.

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A two-time National Player of the Year at UCLA, Simmons guided the Bruins to their fourth national title in 2001 (in the inaugural NCAA title match). She was the recipient of the Pete Cutino Award, given annually to the top NCAA male and female players, and earned NCAA Tournament MVP honors.

Simmons sat out the 2000 season as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, and helped the United States bring home a silver medal at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She tied for the team lead in scoring with nine goals at the Games. Simmons helped the U.S. National Team qualify for the Olympic Games in the World Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Italy, scoring a team-leading eight goals.

In 1999, Simmons redshirted the season to compete with the U.S. Women’s National Team. She helped the United States capture a silver medal at the Pan-American Games that summer, and Simmons became the only team member to record a goal in all six Pan-Am Games (she also led the U.S. squad with 10 total goals).

Simmons was named the National Collegiate Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998. The Hemet, Calif., native earned All-America first-team honors, All-MPSF first-team accolades and first-team National Collegiate Championship honors in 1998 when she led the team with a school-record 74 goals in 115 attempts and posted a team-best 64 percent shooting average. In the national title game, Simmons scored three goals to help UCLA defeat California (May 10, 1998).

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Genai Kerr

Genai Kerr

Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport.  Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.  

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He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a goalie and as a field player.  Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship.  Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs.  Over the last 15 years he has run hundreds of camps and impacted thousands of lives.

Surprisingly, Genai got involved in water polo by accident, following the whistles to what he thought was a basketball game and ended up at the pool. He excelled at both water polo and basketball at Coronado High School and received a water polo scholarship to UC Irvine to play under Coach Ted Newland. Genai went on to become a NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and was awarded Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.

Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model for aspiring water polo players.  He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs. Genai has also created several community outreach programs to help mentor children in lower income households.

USA National Team

  • 2012 US Open, Irvine, California, 1st Place - MVP
  • 2010 Volvo Cup, Hungary, 3rd place
  • 2009 FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 4th place
  • 2009 FINA World League Super Final, Podgorica, Montenegro, 4th place
  • 2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th place
  • 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
  • 2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th place
  • 2006 ASUA Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
  • 2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th place
  • 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
  • 2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
  • 2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
  • 2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
  • 2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
  • 2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
  • 2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
  • 2001 World Championships Qualifier, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
  • 1998 First Appearance on the Men’s National Team, Long Beach, CA
  • 1995 Jr. North American Games, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place
Chelsea Hennan

Chelsea Hennan

Chelsea Hennan is back for her sixth season in 2013 as an assistant on the SSU water polo team. A former SSU women's water polo student-athlete, Hennan was selected First Team...

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Chelsea Hennan is back for her sixth season in 2013 as an assistant on the SSU water polo team.

A former SSU women's water polo student-athlete, Hennan was selected First Team All-American in 2005 by the American Water Polo Coaches Association (AWPCA).  She was the first water polo player in school history to earn All-America status.  Being an All-American was nothing new to Hennan, however, as she earned the designation at Santa Rosa Junior College as a sophomore.

Hennan left an impression on the SSU record books as well. For her career she ranks third in shot attempts and goals scored, fourth in field blocks, and seventh in steals.

In 2005, Hennan led the team in goals scored, goals per game and attempts. Eleven times she led the offense in scoring for a game. For her career she scored a team game-high in goals 19 times.

Camp Details

Campers will be provided with a positive environment to train in and receive constructive feedback from the coaches. The goal is to instill a positive competitive spirit within the athletes and will stress ethical conduct, good sportsmanship, and determination as the building blocks for success. 

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

More Details

Check-in takes place between 8:30-9:00am on Friday, June 26th.

Day Campers
• Campers check-in between 8:30-9:00am 
• Campers will depart that evening at 5:00pm 
• Day Camp hours: FRI 9AM-5PM, SAT 9AM-5PM, SUN 9AM-5PM

There will be a closing ceremony at 4:30am on Monday, June 30th. Parents are invited to attend both.

Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2-per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests.

Dorm: TBD
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning:  No
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

♦ Please bring a fan - Dorm does not have AC.

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 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.


Sonoma State University 

Sonoma State is located in California's premier wine country 1 hour north of San Francisco. Campers train each day at  Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool which has served as the home of the Seawolves since the inception of the program in 2004.

1). This camp is open to any and all entrants. 2). Drugs, alchohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp. 3). For your safety and benefit, we recommend that you choose a camp that fits your particular skills and level of development.

Camper Reviews

Parent of SSU 5meter Camper

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Thank you Genai! This has been the first clinic of this level to come to Sonoma County. I hope this is the first of many great clinics and camps to come. My son really enjoyed the one to one training that you gave him. I hope you felt their appreciation. You taught them, challenged them and inspired them. We hope to see you again soon.

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SSU 5meter Camper

  • 5/5.
Can't wait to go back!

We can't wait to go back this year. It was hard but we had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Skills Camp
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day Camp 9:00AM-5:00PM $295.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $495.00
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.