Nike Boys Basketball Camp Trinity College
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Take your basketball game to new heights this summer with Head Men's Coach, James Cosgrove and staff. This popular boys overnight camp teaches players how to elevate their individual abilities, team work skills and basketball IQ with encouraging and challenging training.
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 skill development drills for players of all abilities
- Discussion of nutritional goals and off-court activities to benefit on-court game
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director James Cosgrove
James Cosgrove begins his eighth season as head men's basketball coach at Trinity College in 2017-18, after guiding the Bantams to a 16-10 overall record and a fourth consecutive appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals. Two seasons ago, Cosgrove and the Bantams went 19-8 and played in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the second year in a row.View James Cosgrove's Bio ⟩
Trinity was 23-7, hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tourney, and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third time in program history in 2014-15. The Bantams are 24-6 against NESCAC opponents over the last three years, and ended 2015 ranked No. 17 nationally in the D3Hoops.com poll. Cosgrove led Trinity to records 15-11 in 2013-14 and 14-12 in 2010-11 with NESCAC Semifinal appearances in both of those seasons.
Trinity's historic run to the 2014-15 NCAA Elite Eight included NCAA wins over Colby-Sawyer (58-55), Salisbury (60-47), and Bates (79-62), and the Bantams came an overtime road loss against Babson (76-69) shy of reaching the program's second NCAA Final Four. Trinity won nine of ten conference games during the regular season, including six on the road, and hosted the NESCAC Final Four after a 66-63 victory against Colby in the quarterfinals of the league tournament. The Bantams repeated the feat last winter, defeating every NESCAC team in the regular season except NCAA Final Four-bound Amherst, and hosted the NESCAC Final Four again following a 71-60 triumph over Colby in the quarterfinals. Trinity lost to eventual champion Middlebury in the NESCAC Semifinals, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but dropped a 75-73 decision against Johnson and Wales in the opening round. Cosgrove was honored as the 2014-15 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the 2015-16 Trinity Athletic Department Coach of the Year.
Cosgrove-coached teams are well-known for the defensive intensity and the 16-squad was no different, finishing 16th nationally in scoring defense at 65.3 ppg. The Bantams were sixth in the nation in field goal-goal percentage defense (.386) in 2015-16, finished No. 2 nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.368) and third in three-point field-goal percentage defense (.277) in 2014-15, and was ranked second nationally in rebounding margin (+9.7 per game) in 2013-14. Cosgrove is 106-77 in six seasons at Trinity, and has a 345-213 record in 20 seasons as a coach for a .618 winning percentage.
Prior to Trinity, Cosgrove posted a 166-77 record at Division II Adelphi University over eight seasons, and also served as head coach at Endicott College. Cosgrove’s teams posted a winning record and reached the post-season in each of his eight seasons at Adelphi. The Panthers won 20 or more games six times, won three league titles, and earned four NCAA Tournament bids in a five-year span. In 2009-10, Adelphi earned a 22-10 mark played in the Northeast-10 tournament finals. His 2008-09 Adelphi squad led NCAA Division II in field goal percentage defense (37.6) and was fourth nationally in scoring defense (58.9 ppg). Cosgrove was named as the East Coast Conference (ECC) Coach of the Year in 2004-05 and as the Metropolitan Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year in both 2004-05 and 2005-06. At Endicott, Cosgrove accumulated a 73-60 record including an 18-10 record in 1999-00, the program’s first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship title, and its first bid to the NCAA Tournament. His 1998-99 Endicott team won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular-season crown and earned Cosgrove GNAC Coach of the Year honors.
Cosgrove also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Anselm College, from 1993-97, helping the Hawks to an 89-29 record, three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and a pair of conference championships. Also owning coaching experience at St. Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut and at the University of Hartford, Cosgrove graduated from St. Anselm in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and owns a master’s degree in teaching from Sacred Heart University. He was a two-time All-Northeast 10 selection and the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year in 1984. Serving as team captain from 1985-87, Cosgrove led St. Anselm to a 25-5 record and a No. 6 national ranking in the Division II Final Poll in 1987. He held the school's all-time record in assists and steals and was inducted into the St. Anselm College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2007, Cosgrove was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a player at St. Thomas Prep School and St. Anselm College. Cosgrove resides in West Hartford with his wife, Christine, and is the proud father of son, Casey, and daughters, Maggie and Callie.
Assistant Coach John Zall
John Zall arrived at Trinity in 2016 with over six years of coaching experience at the AAU, high school, NCAA, and NBA levels. Most recently, he served as a member of the player development staff for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. While in Dallas, Zall worked directly with the team during practices with players such as 13-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and two-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams.View John Zall's Bio ⟩
Prior to his stint with the Mavericks, Zall was an assistant coach at Division II Franklin Pierce University and helped guide the Ravens to a 2013-14 NCAA Tournament Appearance. Before Franklin Pierce, Zall was the head coach for Northeastern University's club team where he led the squad to a No. 2 ranking in the Men's Club Basketball Northeast Rankings. Prior to that, he served as the associate varsity coach for John D. Bryant High School in Boston from 2010-2013, as well as the head coach for the Boston Warriors AAU team from 2010-2012.
Zall has worked and covered summer events including the Bay State Games, where he won a bronze medal as a head coach in 2012, the Boston Celtics Camp, Elite 75, Nike Camp, Hoop Mountain, Hoop Group and Five Star Basketball camp, among others. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 with bachelor's degree in sociology.
JULY 29-AUGUST 2, 2018
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 1pm-2pm at Jarvis Hall
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 2:30pm. Departure immediately following.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will reside in Jarvis Hall on campus. Campers stay one-two per room in suites that house between six-nine campers, 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!
Linens: Not provided
Suggested Spending Money: $40
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.
There will be optional swim time throughout the week. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. Bradley International Airport, serving Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts, is approximately 30 minutes from the College by car. Car rental agencies are available at the airport. Peter Pan Bus Lines and Amtrak train stations are located at One Union Place in Hartford. From there, you can take a taxi to campus. For schedules and fares, please call Peter Pan Bus Lines at (800) 343-9999 or Amtrak at (800) 872-7245.
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
- 9:00 AM Dynamic Warm-up & Dribble Series
- 9:40 AM Skills Training
- 10:20 AM Full Court 3 on 3
- 11:00 AM 5 on 5 Games
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 12:45 PM Skills Competitions
- 1:20 PM Shooting Instruction
- 1:40 PM Team Offense/Defense
- 2:20 PM Transition Drills
- 2:40 PM Half Court 5 on 5
- 3:10 PM FT Game
- 4:00 PM Half Court 3 on 3
- 5:00 PM Free time
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Back to gym, league games
- 10:00 PM Campers to rooms; lights out
Trinity College is Connecticut's second oldest college located in the heart of the state capital at 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106. The Ferris Center is home to the Ray Oosting Gymnasium, with seating for 2,100. It boasts two volleyball courts and two basketball courts and was the site of the men's NCAA Division III basketball regional playoffs in 1995.
In addition to the Ferris Center, campers will also utilize nearby gyms at the Montessori School and Learning Corridor when necessary.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Loved it all!
August 8, 2017: This camp was great! My kids loved it. They met new friends, worked hard and built skills. Staff was fun and supportive.
— Ann P. Parent
Games and the competition were my son's favorite part.
August 5, 2017: Playing the games and the competition were my son's favorite part. I would recommend hiring a photographer to capture pictures from camp!
— Brandon L. Parent
Head coach from Trinity was fantastic.
August 4, 2017: My son had fun and learned a lot. The head coach from Trinity was fantastic. Just a great, great week. Thank you!
— Miki B. Parent
August 4, 2017: My son loved playing with so many different people. They kept him active and eager to learn. He can't wait to go back next year.
— Ana M. Parent
Thank you to the coaches!
August 8, 2016: My son had an amazing experience. He can be very shy but he came right out of his shell and was made to feel welcome and at home. He loved every day and couldn't wait to go back in the morning! Thank you to the coaches!
— Lauren G. Parent
Thanks for putting the camp together!
August 8, 2016: I met some wonderful coaches and basketball players. I enjoyed spending time in the gym working on my skills and playing basketball the game I love with my new friends. I would like to see the coaches play against the campers! I enjoyed the whole experience at Trinity College. Thanks for putting the camp together! I look forward to attending in 2017.
— Camari J. Camper
My son had a blast!
August 9, 2016: My son had a blast, everything was great! He got hurt and still it was a great experience for him. Thank You.
— Kat W. Parent
August 8, 2016: The coaches, especially the student coaches, were excellent! The only complain I have is how slow check-in was on the first day. Otherwise, an amazing experience for my child.
— Darren Y.
My daughter loved this camp!
August 22, 2016: My daughter loved this camp! She loved making new friends and the opportunity to play with the boys, which she believes makes her better. She will definitely attend next year and tell her teammates to join. The coaches were great and I hope they consider an overnight camp for the girls. Thank you Coach Cosgrove. It was a great camp!
— John D.