Nike Girls Basketball Camp The Ethel Walker School
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Make this summer unforgettable at the only 2019 Nike Girls Overnight Basketball Camp in New England! Learn new drills, techniques, and tactics in north central Connecticut from experienced college coaches that will help you prepare for the upcoming season. Formerly held at The Woodstock Academy, The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury offers a pristine environment for our young athletes, home to a brand new athletic center with air-conditioned gyms and dorm rooms.
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.
- Collegiate-style instruction focusing on fundamentals and team play
- In-depth discussions on situational play, basketball IQ, and video analysis
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Marc Taney
Marc Taney enters his second year as the Head Women's Coach at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. Marc Taney returns following an 8-18 season, including an 8-10 record in the New England Collegiate Conference. Taney has also coached at the high school and national AAU levels and was a former coach at the Nike Girls Basketball Camp at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.View Marc's Bio ⟩
In his first season as Head Coach of the Nighthawks, his team reached the quarterfinals of the NECC Playoffs, bounced out of the tournament by Becker. Despite the 8-10 record in his first season, two members of the 2016-17 team finished on the All-NECC First Team; Destiny Spears ('18) and Savannah Olsen ('19). The eight NECC wins were the most for the program since 2012-13.
Under Taney's watch in 2016-17, Spears led the league in scoring average with 18.5 PPG and was fourth in rebounds per game with 11.6. Olsen was fifth in scoring average with 17.2 PPG and fifth in rebounding average with 10.9. Both players were among a group of five NECC student-athletes to average a double-double in 2016-17.
Spears also tied a record for most points in a game in Nighthawks history (35) and became the third player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Meanwhile, Olsen has scored more points in her first two seasons than any other player in Nighthawks history (800).
Taney will also serve as the Director of Basketball Operations beginning in April 2017.
Taney came to Newbury from Springfield College, where he served as Women’s Basketball Graduate Assistant. Prior to Springfield, he served as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Keene State College from 2012-2014.
Coupled with his collegiate coaching experience, Taney has nine years of high school and national level AAU coaching experience. Taney’s specializations include team development, recruiting, and mentoring student-athletes through education and career path decisions.
“I am incredibly honored to be Newbury College's Head Women’s Basketball coach,” said Taney. “I would like to thank President Joseph Chillo and Jonathan Harper for providing me an opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a Head Coach. I look forward to working with the current student-athletes, as well as future student-athletes, toward cultivating a culture of success on and off the court here at Newbury College.”
Taney graduated from Western Connecticut State University summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology, and from Springfield College with an MS in Sport Management.
Camp Director Courtney Burns
Courtney Burns enters her second season as head coach of the women's basketball program at Mitchell College in 2018-19.Burns made her collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners last season, leading the team to an 11-5 record in New England Collegiate Conference play. The Mariners earned the second seed in the NECC Championship but were eliminated in the semifinals. Two players earned all-conference honors following the regular season, and four were named to the academic all-conference team.View Courtney Burns's Bio ⟩
A native of Rockland, Mass., Burns has coaching experience at both the NCAA Division II and III levels. She most recently served as an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. She previously spent time as an assistant at both Southern Connecticut State University and Johnson & Wales University.
Burns was named to the SNHU women's basketball staff in the summer of 2015. The past two seasons she has assisted in all facets of the program, serving as offensive coordinator and focusing on guard development. As offensive coordinator she was charged with implementing the read and react offense, and she was also responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, and film breakdown and exchange.
Prior to SNHU, Burns served a season as an assistant coach at Southern Connecticut in 2014-15. At the time she was the youngest assistant in the Northeast-10 Conference, and she helped lead the Owls to the fifth-best league record despite being selected last (15th) in the preseason polls. She spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Johnson & Wales, working with guards and post players and helping the Wildcats to their first postseason win since 2009.
Burns joined the coaching ranks after a four-year playing career at Rhode Island College. A captain in her final two seasons, she played in 103 career games and averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. During her four years the Anchorwomen won 77 games and enjoyed a pair of 20-win seasons, including a 2011-12 campaign (25-4 overall) in which the program won its first-ever Little East Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following college, Burns continued her playing career with a stint with the Brockton Lady Thunder. She also represented the United States in a four-game tour of Italy with American International Sports.
In addition to coaching, Burns has a background in strength and conditioning. She assisted in the creation of a strength and conditioning program while at JWU, and as a student at RIC she served as the women's basketball strength and conditioning coordinator. She currently serves as a youth strength and conditioning coach at Gutcheck in Rockland, Mass.
Burns graduated from RIC in 2014 with a degree in mathematics. She is currently pursuing a Master's in sports management at SNHU.
Camp Coach Sacha Santimano
Sacha Santimano from Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) enters her 8th year as the head coach. With over 15 years of collegiate coaching, she has helped guide ENC to new territory. During her tenure at ENC, 11 of her players have garnered All-Conference honors, a Defensive Player of the Year and a Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year.View Sacha's Bio ⟩
On January 12th, 2019, she reached 100 victories as a head coach. With experience working several camps such as Colorado University, UNC, and UT, she's excited to be a part of such a prestigious camp.
Sacha comes to ENC from Iola, KS, where she was Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Allen Community College and an Instructor. She has also served as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY where she was an Instructor and Director of Intramurals. She served as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY where, during the 2007-2008 season, they finished with a 23-8 record, were Conference Champions, and ranked 24th in the Nation. She has served as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. Sacha has served in the United States Air Force Reserves in Medical Logistics. She is currently working on her MBA from the University of Saint Mary.
Camp Coach Kathy Howard
Katy Howard joined on as Assistant Coach at Southern New Hampshire University in August of 2017. She arrived at SNHU following a three-year stint as an assistant coach on the women's basketball staff at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. While there, Howard helped the Tartans post program-best win totals in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, finishing with a 21-7 record.View Kathy's Bio ⟩
While coaching at Carnegie Mellon University, they reached NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in program history in 2016 and captured an ECAC Division III title in 2017.
Howard began her coaching career in 2013-14 as an assistant at Worcester State University, where she was responsible for the coordination of drills for team practices, management of team film sessions and monitoring of team weightlifting sessions. She was also involved in recruitment of future student-athletes.
Howard, who was born in Pittsburgh, played collegiately at Assumption College, where she enjoyed a solid career as a four-year starter. Howard was a 1,000-point scorer, who finished 14th on the all-time scoring list, while averaging 3.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 114 games. She also has the honorable distinction of being the program's all-time leader in minutes played and contests started. As a senior, Howard led the Greyhounds to the Northeast-10 Championship final and an appearance in the NCAA Division II East Regional as a senior.
Howard received her Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies from Assumption in 2013.
August 4-8, 2019
All Campers Check-in: Sunday at 1PM.
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 11:30AM. Departure immediately following.
Housing & Roommates
Campers reside in the New Dorm hall on campus and stay in an 8 person suite. Each suite houses two rooms that each sleep 4 campers. A bathroom connects the rooms. Roommates are assigned by age and roommate requests. 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!
Bathrooms: Shared in suite
Linens: Not provided
Dorm Air-conditioning: Yes
Gym Air-conditioning: Yes
Room Key Deposit: $50
Suggested Spending Money: $50
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.
On the first day of camp, all day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Day Campers stay until 8:30PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Day Camper Hours are 9AM-4PM.
♦ Lunch is provided.
♦ All Camper Hours are 9AM-11:30AM.
♦ Meals are not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Day Camper Daily Schedule: SUN 1PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-4PM, TH 9AM-12PM
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. The State of Connecticut requires a copy of camp participants’ most recent physical and record of immunizations, shots, etc., in addition to the US Sports Camps health and release form.
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, shower
- 7:45 AM Breakfast (Overnight campers only)
- 9:00 AM Day Campers arrive; stretching and conditioning
- 9:15 AM Instructional stations
- 10:30 AM Lecture
- 11:00 AM Full-court games
- 12:00 PM Lunch, rest
- 1:00 PM Team practice
- 2:00 PM Full-court games
- 3:00 PM Drills, station
- 4:00 PM Skill contests; Day Campers depart
- 5:00 PM Free time
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Back to gym, skills competition
- 10:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights Out!
Campers train in the fully air-conditioned Centennial Center gyms built in 2016 and the Galbraith Gymnasium. The Centennial center boasts a double gymnasium, two dance studios, fitness center, four squash courts, and an eight-lane pool.
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Loved the feedback!
January 23, 2019: My daughter enjoyed this camp immensely. I appreciated the documented feedback at the end of camp explaining how we can help her improve and what she is doing well.
— Amanda C. Parent
August 7, 2018: The coaching staff was extremely encouraging and helpful. If you had a question about your game you could always turn to one of the coaches to help answer your question. Being a part of a team and playing games was also a great pat of camp. It helped me get to know so many people as well as play games and have fun. The directors of camp were very prepared for every situation and planned all of our days so that we would be able to do something different everyday. This week of camp was an extremely fulfilling one and I would definitely recommend it to my friends and fellow basketball players!
— Abby M. Camper
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August 3, 2018: The college basketball players helping the girls at camp were so friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about basketball. My daughter was only 10 years old, and we lived over 6 hours from the camp, but she loved staying overnight and will do two Nike camps next summer!
— Ashli D. Parent
August 3, 2018: High expectations Beneficial feedback She had many take always- from personal skills she could improve on and mental development of her game as well. Positive feedback was also appreciated.
— Lauren M. Parent