Nike Baseball Camp University of Hartford
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NIKE Baseball Camps is thrilled to be returning to University of Hartford. Camp is scheduled to run for four days giving baseball players of all abilities the opportunity to continue playing baseball throughout the summer!
The University of Hartford Nike Baseball Camp will be directed by head coach Justin Blood . Coach Blood enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Hartford Hawks. He is excited to help campers improve their baseball skills!
- Professional instruction from Coach Blood and college-aged instructors
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and prizes!
- Nike Baseball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Justin Blood
Head baseball Coach Justin Blood has helped re-establish the University of Hartford baseball program as a regional power. Entering his seventh season at the helm in 2018, Blood owns 144 career victories, the most by any Hartford coach since the Hawks moved to Division I in 1985, and just two wins shy of tying Roger Wickman’s all-time record of 146 wins. Overall, Blood holds a 144-178 record (.447), including 68 victories in America East play. Blood's conference winning percentage (.450) ranks No. 1 in program historyView Justin Blood's Bio ⟩
The Hawks battled injuries in 2017, playing to a 20-30 record, but saw three players selected in the MLB Draft: Catcher Erik Ostberg (13th round; Tampa Bay Rays), shortstop Ben Bengtson (23rd, Pittsburgh Pirates) and David MacKinnon (32nd, Los Angeles Angels).
Hartford was dominant in 2016, posting a program record 37 wins. It marked the second time in three seasons that the Hawks earned the No. 2 seed in the America East Conference playoffs, where the Hartford ultimately finished third. The 2016 Hawks helped rewrite the program's record book in the process, setting nine single-season team records and five individual single-season marks. Overall, Hartford ranked among the top five in program history in 25 statistical categories during the 2016 season.
In addition to the Hawks' then-record 31 wins in 2014, Hartford had three players drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year player draft including left handed pitcher Sean Newcomb who was picked 15th overall by the Los Angeles Angels. Newcomb represents the highest draft pick in school history, a title that was previously held by Jeff Bagwell who went to the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round in 1989.
Under Blood's tutelage, the Hawks have had nine America East All-Conference First Team selections, 12 Second Team picks and six players named to the league’s All-Rookie squad. Blood also emphasizes the importance of academics within his program, evidenced by 19 America East All-Academic honors the Hawks have earned since 2012. Exemplifying Blood's commitment to athletics and academics, first baseman David MacKinnon was named America East Player of the Year, America East Male Athlete of the Year and America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016. MacKinnon, who graduated in 2017, finished as the program’s all-time leader in hits (269) and runs scored (155).
Blood came to Hartford after spending six seasons at UConn as the Huskies' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped lead UConn to its most successful season in program history, which included a BIG EAST regular season championship and the first trip to the NCAA Super Regional’s. UConn ended the 2011 season with a 45-20-1 overall record and a 22-5 mark in BIG EAST play.
In Blood’s final season at UConn, the Huskies pitching staff finished the season with an ERA of 3.14, 23rd best in the nation in Division I. The Huskies were also eighth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.58). Blood coached right-handed hurler Matt Barnes to BIG EAST Player of the Year accolades and First Team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Barnes was the third player in UConn history to be selected in the first round of the MLB Amateur Draft as he was taken 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox.
In 2010, Blood helped the Huskies to one of their most successful seasons to that point as the UConn ball club broke into the national rankings for the first time since the 1979 season. The Huskies finished that season with a program-record 48 wins. His pitching staff finished the year with the 17th best ERA in the nation at 3.91. The Huskies also struck out 397 batters, the second-best tally in program history, falling short of Blood’s 2009 staff, which struck out a school record 455 batters.
In his six overall seasons with UConn, Blood had 14 different pitchers drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, including five from the 2011 squad.
A pitcher himself, Blood was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2001 and excelled in the minor leagues before retiring to pursue coaching on the collegiate level. Upon his retirement, Blood had accumulated a 3.97 ERA in 82 games as a minor league player with a 7-4 record. He helped to lead the Inland Empire 66ers to the California League Class A title in 2003, posting a 5-2 record with two saves and a 3.07 ERA with 77 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 58.2 innings out of the bullpen.
The New Hampshire native joined the coaching staff at Quinnipiac University in 2003, serving as a volunteer coach, then in 2004 he returned to his alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, to complete his degree and work as the baseball team’s student assistant.
Blood played three years for Franklin Pierce before being drafted. He ranks among career leaders at the college with 235 strikeouts (second), 12 wins (fourth) and a 4.62 ERA (seventh) in 204.2 innings (fourth) over 38 appearances (third) with 12 complete games (fourth). In 2001, he struck out a program-record 20 New Hampshire College batters, which still ranks fifth in NCAA Division II single-game history.
Blood and his wife, Hannah, currently reside in Vernon, Conn., with their son, Jackson Everett, and their daughter, Harper McKenna.
School record wins :: 37 in 2016
Seven players drafted :: Sean Newcomb (2014 Los Angeles – 15th overall pick), Brian Hunter (2014 Cincinnati Reds), James Alfonso (2014 Seattle Mariners), Trey Stover (2015 Kansas City Royals), Erik Ostberg (2017 Tampa Bay Rays), Ben Bengtson (2017 Pittsburgh Pirates), David MacKinnon (2017 Los Angeles Angels)
One America East Player of the Year :: David MacKinnon (2016)
One America East Pitcher of the Year :: Sean Newcomb (2014)
One America East Male Athlete of the Year :: David MacKinnon (2016)
Two America East Scholar Athletes of the Year :: David MacKinnon (2015, 2016)
27 America East Weekly Award Winners :: Six America East Players of the Week; 13 America East Pitchers of the Week; 8 Rookies of the Week
43 America East All-Conference Selections :: 9 First Team; 12 Second Team; 6 All-Rookie Team; 16 All-Academic Team
One Baseball America All-American :: Sean Newcomb (Third Team 2014)
One ABCA All-American :: Sean Newcomb(Second Team, 2014)
One Perfect Game All-American :: Sean Newcomb (Second Team, 2014)
Two ABCA All-Northeast Region :: Sean Newcomb (2014), Ashton Bardzell (2017)
13 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-New England selections :: Ashton Bardzell (2017), David MacKinnon (2014, 2016, 2017), Erik Ostberg (2016, 2017), Aaron Wilson (2016), Ben Bengtson (2016, 2017), Chris DelDebbio (2016), Chris Sullivan (2016), Sean Newcomb (2014), Alex Gouin (2014), James Alfonso (2014), Brian Hunter (2014), Ryan Lukach (2014), Simon Kudernatsch (2012)
Three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans :: David MacKinnon (First Team, 2016 and 2017); Simon Kudernatsch (Third Team, 2012)
Five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections :: David MacKinnon (First Team, 2015, 2016 and 2017); Pat Knauth (First Team, 2013); Simon Kundernatsch (First Team, 2012)
Co-Director Steve Malinowski
Steve Malinowski returns for his seventh season as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford in 2017-18. He serves as the Hawks' recruiting coordinator and primary hitting coach, while also working with the team's catchers.View Steve Malinowski's Bio ⟩
Under Malinowski's watch, Hartford has rewritten its offensive record books. The Hawks’ top five single-season hits records have been set since 2012 and the team proved dominant in 2016. That year the Hawks batted .302 as a club, the second-highest percentage in program history behind only the 1997 squad (.311). Hartford also set a handful of program records in 2016, including hits (559), runs (379), RBIs (332), doubles (103), triples (22) walks (235) and total bases (805).
Hartford's hitters have thrived with Malinowski's guidance. Former first baseman David MacKinnon set the single-season hits record (85) in 2016 and broke the career hits record in 2017, finishing with 269 during his time at Hartford. Former catcher Erik Ostberg also flourished under Malinowski, getting selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, after one season as the Hawks’ full-time starter.
Prior to Hartford, Malinowski spent four seasons on the coaching staff at UConn alongside current Hawks Head Coach Justin Blood. At UConn, Malinowski was charged with coaching first base and developing the outfielders. In addition, he coordinated the Connecticut Baseball School and several hitting clinics. In that role, he helped the Huskies to their most successful seasons under head coach Jim Penders, including a program-best 48 victories in 2010 and back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 Huskies advanced to the NCAA Super Regional’s for the first time in program history.
Prior to his tenure at UConn, Malinowski spent one season as an assistant at Bryant University. Malinowski also served as an assistant coach with the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in 2008, while in 2009, he was an assistant with the Manchester Silkworms.
Malinowski played two seasons at UConn, appearing in 33 games as a senior and finishing with a .260 batting average. He had three doubles and two home runs, both of which came in the BIG EAST Tournament, and drove in 19 runs that season. He played in 25 games as a junior after transferring from Wake Forest in 2004. At Wake Forest, Malinowski finished his first collegiate game 4-of-5 at the plate with four runs scored, becoming the first freshman in Wake Forest history to tally four hits in his debut.
A native of Kensington, Conn., Malinowski graduated from UConn with a degree in coaching and administration in 2007.
Assistant Coach Elliot Glynn
Elliot Glynn begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Hawks in 2017-18. Glynn, who also assists with recruiting, oversees Hartford's pitching staff and has helped theView Elliot Glynn's Bio ⟩
Elliot Glynn begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Hawks in 2017-18. Glynn, who also assists with recruiting, oversees Hartford's pitching staff and has helped the Hawks break a handful of records during his time with the team.
In 2017, Glynn’s pitchers combined to rack up the third-most strikeouts in a single season in Hartford history, with 324. While setting the program record for wins (37) in 2016, the 2016 Hawks also ranked second-all time in team ERA (4.33), one spot ahead of the 2015 staff (4.36). Under Glynn's supervision, Hartford's pitchers have also cracked the program's all-time top five in innings pitched, runs allowed, strikeouts, shutouts, saves and batting average against.With Glynn on staff, former Hartford pitcher Kyle Gauthier was a two-time All-America East Second Team selection (2015, 2016) and a six-time America East Pitcher of the Week.
Glynn, who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, played collegiately at the University of Connecticut, where he was a two-time captain for the Huskies. In 2011 he helped lead the squad to the NCAA Super Regionals and, one year prior to that, Glynn helped the Huskies to a school-record 48 wins.
He still ranks sixth in Huskies history in all-time innings pitched, third in games started and among the top 20 in wins and strikeouts.
As a freshman designated hitter, Glynn was named All-New England and in 2010 received Second Team All-Big East and All-New England distinction as a pitcher. He also played two seasons in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League where he was selected to play in the 2009 All-Star game at Fenway Park.
A Long Beach, Calif., native, Glynn was drafted three times before signing with the Brewers. He spent two seasons in the Brewers' farm system before playing one year in Germany.
Glynn came to Hartford from Siena College where he was an assistant coach with the Saints. He helped guide Siena to the 2014 MAAC Championship and a win against Dallas Baptist in the Fort Worth Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Assistant Coach Ethan Newton
Ethan Newton joined the University of Hartford baseball team in September 2017. Newton came to Hartford from Allegany College of Maryland, where he served as the Associate Head Coach for two seasons.View Ethan's Bio ⟩
“We're really excited to welcome Ethan to our staff and program.” Blood Said “His strengths really fit our needs at this position and I'm confident he will help our student-athletes develop on all levels.”
During his time at Allegany, Newton oversaw all aspects of player development, including hitting defense and base running. Additionally, he worked with student-athletes off the field, assisting academic advisors to assure success in the classroom. During this time, he also coordinated multiple youth camps and assisted in several prospect camps at various universities.
During the summer of 2016, he served as an assistant coach for the North Adams SteepleCats in the New England Baseball League. In this role, he worked with all aspects of the team. In 2015, he was in a similar role with the Madisonville Miners of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate League.
Prior to Allegany, he was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Norview High School from 2013-2015, while serving as the Head Coach/Hitting & Defensive Instructor at the Norfolk Baseball Academy.
As a player, Newton played two years for Allegany before transferring to Ohio University for his junior and senior years. At Allegany, he was a part of the NJCAA DII World Series team that finished sixth in the nation. He finished first in program history in career hits and second in stolen bases.
At Ohio, Newton earned second team All-MAC honors his junior year while leading the Bobcats in five offensive categories. He was named Defensive MVP during his senior campaign at both centerfield and shortstop. In only two seasons with the Bobcats, he was able to break Ohio’s career stolen base record. In the summer of 2011, he was named to the Great Lakes Summer League All-Star Team while playing for the South Ohio Copperheads.
He earned his associate’s degree in general studies from Allegany in 2010 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio in 2012. He is currently working toward his master’s degree in communication from Morehead State University.
This camp is for baseball players of all abilities ages 8-15. Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, specific position fielding, base-running, and game situations. In addition, pitchers will have the opportunity to work with pitching instructors. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 Camp Dates
- August 12-15 (Monday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: Aug 12-15 (mon-thurs)
- Check-in: 8:45 a.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Thursday: 8:45-3:30 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily baseball instruction
- Supervision: Staff members participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt: All campers receive a Nike Baseball Camp t-shirt.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Players Grouped by: age and ability
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own glove, cleats, bat and a helmet and wear baseball attire (baseball pants recommended)
- Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities available during inclement weather conditions.
- Medical Protocol: In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
Nike Baseball 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.
If you have a group of campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
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 in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 9:30 a.m. Defensive Skills
- 10:15 a.m. Snack Break
- 10:30 a.m. Offensive Skills
- 11:15 a.m. Games
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch - (please bring your own each day)
- 12:30 p.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 1:00 p.m. Defensive Skills
- 1:45 p.m. Snack Break
- 2:00 p.m. Offensive Skills
- 2:45 p.m. Games
- 3:30 p.m. Campers Depart
University of Hartford's Fiondella Field
The University of Hartford baseball program plays on the brand new on campus Fiondella Field. The Nike Baseball Campers will also get to train on this state of the art field. The field is located adjacent to Al-Marzook field (soccer and lacrosse) in the new outdoor athletic complex. The field is the first on campus since the 1985 season. The newly re-constructed field opened on March 29, 2006. The facility includes in-ground dugouts, batting cages, two bullpens and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The outdoor athletics complex also features an all-purpose building, which houses restrooms and a concession stand.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
One of the best sports camps ever!
August 17, 2018: My son had a blast at the Nike baseball camp. He loved the drills, the encouragement from the instructors, and the location. He has already asked if he can return next year! Awesome job! We’ve done a lot of sports camps over the years and this was one of the best!
— Beth R. Parent
Impressive staff and environment - overall great!
August 17, 2018: My kid was excited to go EVERY day!!! Not ONE complaint!!! He loved it all. I was so impressed by the entire staff. What a great camp to learn and so much fun!!! Wish it was 5days or twice a year!!!! Other than 5 days because you can go inside for rain and offered more than once a year! This was the best camp my kid ever went to!!! We cannot wait for next year!!
— Stacy B. Parent
Best camp of the summer
August 17, 2018: He truly loved all parts of this camp experience... from the skill building to the games. He thought his particular coaches were great - gave him some good tips while practicing both fielding and hitting. He lived the slip and slide at the end of the week. And even though it rained for parts of 2 of the days, you guys kept them entertained. Owen loved the hand ball tournament! Owen loved it all week and told me st the end that it was his favorite camp he did the whole summer, and he did several week-long camps. Great job... he’ll be back next summer!
— Jen L. Parent
Coach Blood is fantastic
August 17, 2018: My son especially enjoyed scrimmaging. As a parent, I was pleased and impressed that the behavior policies were adhered to! Coach Blood did a magnificent job handling a difficult situation appropriately and professionally.
— Barbara K. Parent
An fun learning experience for my son
My son loves baseball but doesn’t have a lot of baseball experience. I was worried at camp he may be intimidated or discouraged and lose his interest, but he wasn’t thanks to the awesome coaches. He left with self confidence and even more love for the game. Great job! Only downside for him was he is obsessed with pitching and felt there wasn’t enough of it, but as a parent I felt that was probably a good thing. He can’t wait for next year.
— Dawn C. Parent
Offer more camps for more of the fun
August 17, 2018: Strong coaching in a fun environment. Make it 5 days and offer more than one camp per summer.
— Ken Parent
Great staff, don't change a thing!
August 17, 2018: I can’t put into words how great the staff was from the first day of camp to the last . They did a great job and we will be returning next year. Keep running this camp the same way. My son was excited to go back after each day. The staff was phenomenal!!
Newly gained confidence
August 17, 2018: My son was so excited to hit his first home run , giving him confidence to know he is capable of doing it which he didn’t have prior.
— Michelle D. Parent
Great camp that teaches a lot
August 17, 2018: Highlights included knockout in the outfield, sliding practice and the great staff
— Amy R. Parent
He enjoyed scrimmaging the most
"My son had a great time and he/we have recommended this camp to other Colchester, CT residents. He enjoyed scrimmaging the most."
Coach Blood is great!
"I really loved Coach Blood's techniques in coaching baseball."
The Staff/Camper Ratio was Perfect
"My son had a great time at camp. It was well organized and the staff was friendly. The Slip-n-Slide drill was very creative. The staff/camper ratio was perfect. My son will be back next year.
Can't Wait for Next Year
"The NIKE Baseball Camp was so much fun! I got to work with college coaches and meet new friends. I can't wait to for next year."
— Day Camper
Money well Spent!
"The week at NIKE Baseball Camp was money well spent. My son learned new skills and the coach's were so encouraging his confidence improved too!"
The Camp was Wonderful!
"The camp was WONDERFUL. We are locals but I can't imagine sending my son to any other big campus camp that would measure up to this one!"
My son had a wonderful experience at this camp! All the coaches were excellent, and he enjoyed learning from college players, as well as college coaches. His hitting improved, he was given some great pitching tips, and a lot of positive feedback throughout the four days. And every day, when he came home exhausted but happy and confident, we knew it was well worth the drive to West Hartford!
Enjoyed the instruction
He had a great time and we would do it again next year. He enjoyed the instruction on catching and enjoyed the games a lot.S.lip and Slide was a hit to.
Instructors were great
I thought the camp was well run. The instructors were great and had a lot of patience dealing with the younger players. I was very happy with what my son got out of it!
"These guys are the real deal"
A very good baseball camp! My 12 year old son said "these guys are the real deal! This camp is legit!" Highly recommended. We will be back next year for sure.
Cant wait for next year
My kids want full day next year! Great camp
My son has had very positive experiences the last three years at this camp. He opted for this one camp over 4 weeks at a town camp this year. He wouldn't miss this one.