Nike Boys Basketball Camp Nebraska Wesleyan University
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Improve your basketball skills and knowledge during summer 2023 in Lincoln, Nebraska! Train with two-time National Coach of the Year and NWU Head Men's Coach Dale Wellman, his staff, and players for 2 exciting weeks of collegiate-style training in a fun and encouraging environment for players from beginner to advanced.
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.
- Practice on the stunning home courts of Snyder Arena
- Collegiate-style skill development drills for players of all abilities
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Dale Wellman
Dale Wellman, a two-time National Coach of the Year, will enter his eighth season as head men’s basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University in the 2021-22 season. He was named the HoopDirt.Com NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 2019 and received NABC/NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year recognition in 2018View Dale's Bio ⟩
Coach Wellman, who was the American Rivers Conference Coach of the Year for a fourth straight season in 2020, has led the Prairie Wolves to four conference championships, four national tournament appearances and the program’s first National Championship in his six years. He led the Prairie Wolves to the program’s first ever national championship in 2018 as NWU finished the season with a school record 30 victories and only three losses winning the NCAA III National Title.
Last year, Wellman guided Nebraska Wesleyan to the conference semifinals for the fifth straight time despite playing six regular-season games due to COVID-19. In 2019-20, Wellman took NWU to a third straight NCAA III Tournament finishing 25-4 overall and advancing to the second round of the tournament. NWU won a fourth straight regular season conference title with Wellman earning Coach of the Year honors. The Prairie Wolves ended the year ranked 14th in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll.
During the 2018-19 season, Wellman guided NWU to a 27-2 overall record reaching the second round of the NCAA III Tournament. Throughout the regular season, Nebraska Wesleyan was ranked #1 every week except for one in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. They averaged 90.2 points per game outscoring their opponents by 17.3 points per game, which was 4th best in the nation.
Wellman received National Coach of the Year honors from three different organizations for the 2017-18 season. He was also the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year for a second straight season and received West Region Coach of the Year honors. In each of his six seasons Wellman has received coach-of-the-year recognition.
Coach Wellman has led NWU to an 135-38 (.780) record in his six years with the Prairie Wolves. His teams have won four straight conference regular season titles and all six seasons his teams have finished in the top four in the league, including four American Rivers/Iowa Conference regular season titles, three A-R-C/IIAC Tournament titles and a runner-up finish in the GPAC. NWU was 1st in 2017 and 2nd in 2016 despite being picked to finish 8th in 2017 and 7th in 2017 in the preseason polls.
Known for his up-tempo offensive style, NWU has scored over 100 points 50 times in Coach Wellman’s tenure. He has had three players earn three All-American awards and three CoSIDA Academic All-American awards. Wellman coached Trey Bardsley to become a 1st-Team NAIA All-American in 2015-16 and earn the Jostens award for the top NCAA III player. He is currently playing for the Washington Generals competing against the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2017-18, Wellman coached Ryan Garver to earn NCAA III honorable mention All-American honors and Cooper Cook was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men’s basketball and all of NCAA Division III. In 2018-19, Garver was a 1st-Team NCAA III All-American and Cook repeated as a 1st-Team Academic All-American and 2019-20 Nate Schimonitz was named a 1st-Team NCAA All-American and NABC 1st-Team All-American while also being selected as a finalist for the Jostens Award.
Under his guidance in 2015-16, the Prairie Wolves earned a trip to the NAIA II National Tournament finishing with a record of 22-8. The team ended the year ranked No. 16 in the NAIA II Coaches Poll after getting to the postseason for the first time since 2001. That team led the country in scoring for the second straight season at 96.3 points per game and averaged 14.2 made 3-pointers per game which also was tops in the nation.
Overall, Wellman has a career coaching record of 205-128 in 13 seasons as a head coach.
Wellman came to NWU after spending six seasons as the head coach at Alfred University, a NCAA III Institution located in Alfred, N.Y. He was named the Empire 8 Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 2013-14 leading his team to an 18-9 overall record.
Before his stint at Alfred, Wellman spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Williams College in Massachusetts under current George Mason head coach and two-time NABC Division III Coach-of-the-Year winner, Dave Paulsen. In his two seasons, Williams won the Conference Championship in 2007 and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
His collegiate coaching career began in 2002 when he was an assistant coach at Kenyon (Ohio) College. A year later he was appointed assistant coach at Union College in New York. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Eastern Kentucky University where he helped EKU set a school record for wins and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
He is a 1999 graduate of The University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He played four seasons for the Tigers, participating twice in the NCAA Division III National Tournament (1997, 1998) and earning SCAC All-Academic honors. He also played baseball and earned All-Conference honors. He earned a master’s degree in physical education (sports administration) in 2006 from Eastern Kentucky.
Wellman and his wife Lori, have two children Brady and Tessa.
Session I: July 10-13
Session II: July 31-August 3
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am at Weary Center
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3:30pm
Meals: Lunch is provided.
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
● Athletic, on-court clothing
● Athletic shoes
● Water bottle
● Small gym bag/backpack
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.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
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.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Campers arrive
- 9:05 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 Campers depart
Snyder Arena, located within the Weary Center, has a seating capacity of 2,350 and plays host to the Prairie Wolves basketball and volleyball teams. The gym floor was refinished and painted in 2008 and a new scoring table was recently added. Six new scoreboards were installed in 2010.
July 13, 2023: My son has anxiety & the coaches were so good with helping him. He had a great experience & will be back next summer.
July 25, 2023: My son getting to meet new friends, and meet the older college students. Also he LOVED the cafeteria food.
August 3, 2023: Interacting with the players, eating in the residence hall - they loved having a college experience.
July 14, 2022: Matthew loved everything about the camp. He really wanted to win a back pack lol!
July 14, 2022: My son was able to learn new skills and socialize with kids he did not know.
July 14, 2022: The length of the camp every day made the experience more immersive.
July 13, 2023: Kids are motivated and excited for the following day at camp
My son enjoyed the staff
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