Nike Boys Basketball Camp Berry College
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Georgia's popular overnight camp located northwest of Atlanta returns in summer 2019! Train with Head Men's Basketball Coach Mitch Cole and staff at this boys only camp for a challenging basketball program including on and off-court training and discussions to help campers become better players, teammates and individuals.
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine their basketball knowledge and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.
- Emphasis on fundamental development, shooting technique and positional play
- In-depth discussions on situational play, work ethic and sportsmanship
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Mitch Cole
Cole joined Berry in May of 2018 as the 12th head coach in Berry men's basketball history after serving as the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for the previous two years. He spent the previous five seasons on the staff at Texas A&M and was formerly the head coach at current Southern Athletic Association (SAA) member, Birmingham-Southern College.View Mitch's Bio ⟩
Cole was part of Billy Kennedy’s teams at Texas A&M that won 49 games over two seasons, including a program-record 28 in 2015-16. The Aggies climbed as high as No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll, achieving the highest ranking in school history.
Texas A&M went on to win the regular-season Southeastern Conference Championship in 2015-16 to earn its first league title since 1986. The Aggies reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament to cap one of the best seasons in program history. Cole was also on the bench that season when Texas A&M pulled off the biggest last-minute comeback in NCAA Tournament history over Northern Iowa.
Cole came to A&M after one of the most successful seasons in BSC men’s basketball history, leading the Panthers to a 23-4 overall record in 2010-11 and winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship with a 14-2 conference mark. The Panthers ended the season by winning the NCAA Division III Provisional Tournament Championship in Steubenville, Ohio. Cole earned D3hoops.com South Region Coach of the Year honors at the conclusion of the year.
Taking over as the college’s 12th men’s head basketball coach at BSC in 2006, Cole was tasked with rebuilding the program from scratch as a result of BSC’s move from NCAA Division I to Division III. He quickly built the Panthers into a contender, achieving a 13-12 record with 15 freshmen in 2007-08. Two years later, the Panthers went 20-5 and won the SCAC East Division title. In his last two seasons at BSC, Cole’s teams went 43-9, leading the SCAC in scoring each year.
Cole spent 11 seasons as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach Duane Reboul prior to taking over as head coach of the Panthers. He was instrumental in the success of a program that amassed over 300 wins during his tenure at BSC. In 2000, Cole assisted in the school’s transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division I. Despite recruiting and coaching with a ban on postseason play for five seasons, Cole managed to successfully recruit and develop players who would propel BSC into immediate success in Division I.
After a successful 19-9 season in 2002-03, BSC went 20-7 in 2003-04 and won the Big South Conference Championship. That season, the Panthers led all of Division I in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 43 percent from the arc.
From 1996-2000, the Panthers made five consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Cole helped direct an offense ranked No. 1 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage during the 1996-97, 1997-98, and 1998-99 seasons. The Panthers consistently ranked in the top-five nationally in field goal percentage, and led the nation in 1997-98. During his 16 years at BSC, Cole recruited and developed numerous All-American and All-Conference performers while achieving one of the nation’s highest graduation rates.
A New Orleans, La., native, Cole graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1988. He played collegiately at Montana State University-Billings, where he double majored in history and education and graduated in 1992. Cole went on to earn his master’s in education from Auburn while working as a graduate assistant with the basketball team.
He and his wife, Amy, have three children: daughter Laura Kate and sons Carson and Joshua.
Assistant Coach Trevor Lydic
Trevor Lydic was named the Berry men's basketball assistant coach in August of 2018. He joined Berry after spending the last eight years (2010-18) at NCAA Division II Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Lydic, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., earned his degree in exercise science from Asbury (Ky.) College in 2000. Lydic started his coaching career at Asbury where he was the student assistant coach for the men's basketball team during the 1999-2000 campaign.View Trevor's Bio ⟩
Lydic, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., earned his degree in exercise science from Asbury (Ky.) College in 2000. Lydic started his coaching career at Asbury where he was the student assistant coach for the men's basketball team during the 1999-2000 campaign.
After graduation, Lydic returned home to work as the administrative assistant for the men's basketball program at Colorado State University. In 2003-04, he was promoted to director of basketball operations at Colorado State. During the 2002-2003 season Colorado State won the Mountain West Conference Tournament and played in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
In 2004, Lydic started work as a graduate assistant at Valdosta (Ga.) State University where he earned his masters degree in Physical Education. He then moved to west Tennessee where he worked as the assistant coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin for one season. From 2007-10, Lydic was the assistant coach at Pearl River (Miss.) Community College. While at Pear River, the team won 61 games and Lydic was a key part of leading the team to the 2009-10 Mississippi JUCO State Championship with a 24-5 record.
Lydic also served as the head coach for Crossover Ministries and News Release Basketball summer traveling basketball teams that toured all across Europe.
Lydic and his wife Kayce were married May 15, 2016. He is the son of Gary and Debi Lydic, who reside in Des Moines, Iowa.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Matthew Richter
Matthew Richter joined the Berry men's basketball staff prior to the 2018-19 season. Richter previously served as an assistant at the University of New Orleans handling video and multimedia duties for the Privateers. During his time in New Orleans, the team won 16 games earning the first back-to-back postseason appearances for the Privateers in over 20 years.View Matthew's Bio ⟩
He was also a student manager at Butler University for three seasons. Richter graduated from the Big East program in 2016 with a degree in middle and secondary education. During his time at Butler, the team participated in two NCAA Tournaments, making Round of 32 twice. The South Bend, Indiana native was a high school social studies teacher and assistant coach at White River Valley in Switz City, Indiana in 2016-17. He also coached the freshman team at Bishop Chatard while enrolled full-time at Butler.
Richter has also worked summer camps for PGC, Butler, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Army.
The son of Susan and Patric, he has an older brother Ryan.
JUNE 17-21, 2019
Campers Check-in: Monday between 12pm-1:30pm at Cage Center
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30am
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in the dorms on campus and are assigned by age or roommate request. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Room Key Deposit: $50 check
Suggested Spending Money: $40
There will be optional swim time throughout the week for campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities (such as movies, games and pizza parties). Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Wake-up/Get ready for the day
- 7:45 AM Breakfast
- 8:50 AM Stretching and Conditioning
- 9:00 AM Classroom Session/Lecture
- 10:00 AM Ball Handling Skills and Drills
- 10:30 AM Skill Development
- 11:00 AM Team Games
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:45 PM Classroom Session/Lecture
- 3:00 PM Offensive/Defensive Skills Stations
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:45 PM Classroom Session
- 8:00 PM Gym - Practices/Games
- 11:00 PM Lights out
Berry College is located near Rome in Northwest Georgia, only 65 miles northwest of Atlanta and 65 miles south of Chattanooga. Berry College, one of the world's largest campuses at 28,000-acres, offers a beautiful environment for learning. Overnight campers reside in the dormitories where staff act as resident advisors and supervise campers overnight. In addition to basketball instruction, campers will take part in nighttime activities like movie night and pizza night.
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He enjoyed instruction and criticism
June 26, 2017: The coach and his players were wonderful examples for my son. He enjoyed instruction and criticism. He learned so much and became more confident.
— Will G. Parent
Meeting new people and playing basketball all day
June 26, 2017: My favoirte part of camp was meeting new people and playing basketball all day. I would attend this camp again next summer.
— Cody L. Camper
June 24, 2017: Great job!! my favorite part was the 5v5 drills. Great food, great coaches, looking forward to coming to a game.
— Brennan H. Camper
My son has been practicing every day since camp!
July 25, 2016: Since the camp ended, my son has been going to the basketball court daily to practice his skills. I am so happy to see him so motivated!
— Linda C. Parent
Everyone gets rewarded for their hard work.
July 25, 2016: I really enjoyed this camp because the coaches and the players/campers made it a great experience. My most memorable experience was when i won MVT at the award ceremony because it meant a lot to me. My favorite part of camp was the award ceremony. The coaches made sure that all of the campers were rewarded for their hard work. I would recommend this camp to players who are serious about progressing their basketball skills and IQ.
— Kya C. Camper
Focuses on fudnamentals, skills, and scrimmages.
July 25, 2016: Out of two years attending this camp, everything always goes very smoothly and is well organized. My most memorable experience is being able to connect with friends from the previous camp year. The intensity is great and focuses on fundamentals, skills training, and practices/scrimmages. Very good training and helps to build one's confidence.
— Markhan B. Camper
Easy registration process.
July 25, 2016: As a parent, I enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm of the staff and the easiness of the registration process. My son has nothing but good things to say about this camp. He really enjoyed himself!
— Sharon H. Parent
All of the girls became really good friends.
July 26, 2016: All of the girls became really good friends so it was a lot of fun in that aspect. I also learned a lot and feel like I became a better player. My favorite part was the 5-on-5 games we played because it was like playing a game, but you kept switching opponents so there was a new challenge each time. I think that the camp was well planned and well executed.
— Katieanne P. Camper
My son says he learned a lot.
July 26, 2016: My son really enjoyed the camp and says he learned a lot. My only suggestion is to improve the food selection for next year.
— Andrea S. Parent
The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating
The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating...my son would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again.
My daughter is looking forward to camp next year
My daughter loved your camp. She came back with a new sense of basketball and responsibility as well. I was 100% satisfied with the results. My daughter is looking forward to gong to the camp next year!
My son came home with academic, character and basketball skill goals.
My son came home with academic, character and basketball skill goals. He says it was worth the time and money invested. My son expressed the need to continue the work and practice what he has learned by attending the camp - This is something that I have trying to encourage him to do since he started the sport. Therefore from a mother’s perspective his game has already improved.
— Lynnette H. Parent
I love the intensity of the program
I love the intensity of the program. My grandson learned fundamental and techniques that is helpful to him in order to perfect his playing of basketball.
— Tee B. Grandparent
The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic!
The camp was great! I learned new things and perfected old things. The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic! I will remember everything about this camp!
— Dalton K. Camper
Camp taught me new skills and made me a better player
The gym was great and the coaches made it fun to be there. I learned more about basketball and new skills like jump stops, pass fakes, and pump fakes. I still use the shooting drills that we practiced. Once I left camp I felt like a better player.
Camp gave me the courage
The camp gave me the courage to go out for the basketball team at my school this year.
This was the best one so far
Compared to other camps I’ve been to, this was the best one so far. And I liked the camp this year even better than last year.
Lots of fun and can’t wait for next year!
The staff was amazing people. LOVED the campus. I was taught many things I have never been taught before. Lots of fun and can’t wait for next year!
— David S. Camper