Nike Girls Basketball Camp Sacred Heart University
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Join SHU Women's Head Coach Jessica Mannetti and her staff in summer 2019 for high-energy basketball training at one of the nation's most popular Nike Girls Basketball Camp locations that's been around for over 20 years. Work on skill-appropriate developmental drills, shooting technique, footwork, and team building activities in Fairfield, CT.
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 instruction from SHU Women's Basketball staff and players
- Daily emphasis on fundamental shooting development, team play and more
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Jessica Mannetti
Jessica Mannetti took over the Sacred Heart women’s basketball program at the start of the 2013-14 season. In the 2017-18 season, she guided Sacred Heart to a 19th straight NEC Tournament appearance, finishing with a 9-9 league record and 14-17 overall mark. They also earned a trip to the NEC Semifinal round for the third straight season.View Jessica's Bio ⟩
- Helped develop All-NEC Third Team selection Candice Leatherwood as well as NEC All-Rookie Adrianne Hagood
- One of 20 NCAA Division I head coaches selected to attend WBCA's XCEL Head Coaching Workshop in Columbus, Ohio
- Led the Pioneers to its 18th consecutive NEC postseason appearance, with a 13-5 conference record. The team would go on to fall to Bryant in the NEC semi-finals
- Earned a birth in the WNIT, for the second year in a row, marking the third time in program history the Pioneers would appear in the WNIT
- Developed Katherine Haines into the NEC Most Improved Player in the NEC
- Ended the season with 3 All-NEC Selections (Hannah Kimmel 1st Team, Katherine Haines 2nd Team, and Adaysha Williams 3rd Team) and 1 All-MET selection (Hannah Kimmel 3rd Team)
- Led Sacred Heart to its fourth NEC Regular Season Title with a 16-2 league record, clinching home court advantage throughout the NEC Championship
- Named the 2016 NEC Coach of the Year
- Led the Pioneers to their fifth Northeast Conference championship game, but fell to Robert Morris garnering a bid into the WNIT, the program's second appearance in the tournament
- Developed Alissa Tarsi (All-NEC Second Team) to become the 2016 NEC Most Improved Player
- Helped Hannah Kimmel add a few more highlights to her basketball resume. In her third season, Kimmel was named the NEC Player of the Year, earned All-NEC First Team honors, and was named to the All-Metropolitan Second Team
- Under her leadership, the Pioneers posted a 16-13 record, and finished fourth in the NEC clinching a quarterfinal home game with an 11-7 record against league foes
- The year was highlighted with the program's first ever win over a Big East member with Dec. 20's 72-49 defeat of Villanova
- Helped Hannah Kimmel to her second All-NEC season as the red shirt-junior earned All-NEC First Team accolades
- In her first season with the Pioneers, she led the team to a 12-18 record, including overtime battles with Big East members Villanova and St. John’s, and a sixth place finish in the Northeast Conference with a 9-9 league record
- On November 16, 2013, she earned her first win as a head coach as the Pioneers defeated Yale University 67-54
- As the sixth seed in the NEC Championship, the Pioneers headed to Saint Francis U for what would be a quarterfinal double-overtime thriller. SHU and the Red Flash combined for 255 points setting a NCAA Division I record for combined scoring. That season, Mannetti coached three players to All-NEC honors
- Coached three players to All-NEC honors: Gabrielle Washington - All-NEC First Team, Hannah Kimmel - NEC All-Rookie Team, Adaysha Williams - NEC All-Rookie Team
- Came to Sacred Heart after spending four seasons at Hofstra as an assistant coach on Krista Kilburn-Steveskey's staff
- While at Hofstra, Mannetti helped guide the Pride to a 72-55 record as well as a pair of appearances in the WNIT
- Helped develop several players who went on to receive accolades from the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) including Candace Bond who was named the 2012-13 CAA Defensive Player of the Year. She assisted with the development of All-American Shante Evans, who was named to the 2011 USA Basketball Women's Pan American Games team. As a recruiter, Hofstra's 2011 class ranked as the sixth best mid-major recruiting class in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz
- Prior to arriving at Hofstra, Mannetti served as the head girls' varsity basketball coach at Green Farms Academy in Westport, CT. In 2008-09 she led the team to a spot in the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) postseason tournament for the first time in school history. In her five seasons with Greens Farm, she developed the program from junior varsity status in 2004-05 to leading the Dragons to the playoffs in her final campaign
- A veteran of the AAU scene, Mannetti served as the head coach of the U-18 girls' team for the CT Future Stars AAU Basketball program from 2004 through 2008. Mannetti has also spent considerable time working with the Five-Star Basketball in a variety of positions since 1999.
- Previously worked an internship with the New York Knicks in their basketball operations department and worked as an event staffer for the New York Liberty
- A three-sport athlete in college, Mannetti graduated from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY in 2001 with a degree in business administration. She played volleyball, basketball and softball at Concordia and served as the team captain for both the volleyball and basketball teams
- A Fairfield County native, Mannetti has called New Caanan home for much of her life
Co-Director Kyra Aloizos
Kyra Aloizos joined Coach Mannetti's staff prior to the 2016-17 season as the program's Coordinator of Basketball Operations and is now in her first season as an Assistant Coach. Kyra will serve as the co-director for the Nike Girls Basketball Camp at SHU this summer.View Kyra's Bio ⟩
- Came to Sacred Heart after two years as the Graduate Assistant Coach at the University of New Haven, where she had much success, winning the 2015 NCAA Division II East Regional Championship in her first season
- For the Chargers, she as responsible for post player development, recruiting, as well as coordinating official and unofficial visits
- Got her introduction into coaching in 2013 when she was selected out of thousands of applicants to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum to discuss pertinent information regarding careers in athletics and compliance
- Attended the WBCA's So you Want to Be a Coach Program in 2014 to develop the understanding and application of professional skills and competencies necessary to succeed in coaching
- Prior to earning her Masters of Science in Management of Sport Industries at New Haven, Aloizos graduated from Binghamton University with her Bachelors of Arts in Art Studio with a Concentration in Drawing. While at Binghamton, she was a member of the Bearcats' women's basketball team where she was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, as well as the America East Honor Roll.
- After graduating from Binghamton in 2014, Aloizos worked in marketing and communications for D1scout LLC where she assisted customers with the set up and activation of their account, while providing consultative feedback and advice to help create the best experience for the customers and the organization.
Coordinator of Basketball Operations Briana Brown
Briana Brown joined Coach Mannetti's staff as the program's Coordinator of Basketball Operations in October 2017 and is entering her second season in 2018-19. Brown was a four-year standout of St. John’s University's women's basketball program before graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Management from Durham University in the United Kingdom.View Briana's Bio ⟩
Brown came to Sacred Heart after spending time as the Assistant to Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at her alma mater in 2016. She also picked up international experience overseas doubling as Assistant Coach and player for the Durham University’s women’s 1 basketball team.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Brown served as the Assistant to Director of Academic Support at St. John’s tutoring in numerous subjects and gained valuable video production experience working for Linacre Media covering the NBA G-League team, the Westchester Knicks. As a Red Storm student-athlete from 2010-’14, Brown’s team appeared in the NCAA Tournament each season including the 2012 run where the Johnnies made the Sweet Sixteen round. Brown captained the team as a junior and senior and was a BIG EAST All-Academic recipient. Off the hardwood, she was a Peer Mentor and inducted into the President’s Society, the most prestigious honor society at St. John’s and named Dean’s List honoree on several occasions.
As a high school standout, Brown was recognized as a McDonald’s All-American nominee after notching over 2,000 points in her career.
Session I: July 15-19
Session II: July 29-August 2
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 12pm
Meals: Lunch is provided Monday-Thursday.
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9am-4pm FRI 9am-12:30pm
*Sacred Heart University has adjusted its summer program policy to limit the age range of overnight campers. Because of this, the Nike Girls Basketball Camp at Sacred Heart University will only offer day camp options in 2019.Show Less See More Camp Details
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 have a child flying to camp, private arrangements for campers arriving at the Hartford Bradley Airport may be made by visiting:
http://www.bradleyairport.com/Transportation.aspx. If campers are flying into LaGuardia Airport, please visit their website: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/laguardia.html. 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
- 9:00 AM Campers Arrive/Attendance/Announcements/ Judge Daily Contest
- 9:10 AM Stretch
- 9:25 AM Stations
- 11:00 AM Break
- 11:05 AM Games
- 12:05 PM Lunch
- 1:05 PM Warm-up
- 1:15 PM Break Down Lecture
- 1:45 PM Dribble Knockout
- 2:00 PM Break/Free Shooting
- 2:15 PM Contest
- 2:45 PM Break
- 2:50 PM Break
- 3:50 PM Team Lines
- 4:00 PM Dismissal
Campers will utilize SHU's William H. Pitt Center and the Notre Dame Catholic High School gym, conveniently located next to SHU. Campers will spend the majority of instruction in the Pitt Center and will use the high school gym when needed. The Pitt Center and Notre Dame Catholic High School gyms are both air-conditioned.
The $17.5 million Pitt Center, which opened in August 1997, serves as the home court for both men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs, as well as our fencing and wrestling programs. The three-level, 141,000 square-foot complex features a four-court layout and seats over 2,000 people for basketball.
The lower level of the Pitt Center received a major facelift in the summer of 2007. The 5,000-plus square-foot weight room now reflects a top level Division I weight room with the addition of state of the art weight training equipment, new Mondo rubberized flooring, lighting and a paint job that truly reflects the spirit of Pioneer Athletics. Other changes made were office renovations for men’s & women’s basketball and football, added locker room space and a total refurbishing of the aerobics room wood floor. The lower level also houses locker rooms for our athletic teams and members, the Pioneer Wrestling Room, Equipment Room and Athletic Training offices. The main level of the center houses the Athletic Communications suite and a four-court field house with indoor track and retractable batting cage. A floating wood floor is used for basketball and volleyball competitions. 4,500 square feet of clinical space is dedicated to the Sacred Heart University Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. Contained in this space are examination rooms, faculty offices, and therapy labs, as well as a physical therapy clinic.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Couldn't wait to get to camp each day!
July 29, 2018: Brooke and Courtney had a great time. They couldn’t wait to get to camp each day. Their travel coach has already commented that he noticed an improvement in their skills/game playing.
— Deena S. Parent
Learned a lot from the camp!
July 23, 2018: My daughter really learned a lot from the camp. She truly enjoyed the college player coaches. She loved hearing their stories and learning from them. She came home everyday happy and looked forward to going to camp each day. Good job!
— Catherine L. Parent
July 22, 2018: My favorite part about this camp was the friendly competition between the teams and all the skills I developed while I was there!
— Rachel M. Camper
I loved making new friends who shared my love of basketball.
July 26, 2017: I loved making new friends who shared my love of basketball. I learned a lot of new skills and had a lot of fun playing a ton of basketball. My game has definitely improved. I already told my mom I want to come back next year. I only wish it was longer!
— Gibson L. Camper
Another amazing experience for the fourth consecutive year.
July 21, 2017: My daughter, Brooke, had another amazing experience for the fourth consecutive year. The coaches are great examples and know how to ensure all the girls have fun and improve their skills.
— Brooke G. Parent
The counselors really spend time with you.
July 18, 2017:The games were so much fun and the counselors really spend time with you. I loved staying in the dorm with my friends and hanging out on and off the court. I'm so happy I met so many new friends as well!
— Remi L.
A memoriable experience that I will NEVER forget.
Coming to the sacred heart Nike basketball camp was a memorable experience that I will NEVER forget. I have no complaints or regrets. The campers had the best of both worlds with the skills stations and the games. At the end of the session we have progressed to better players, had lots of fun, and made a ton of friends.
— Gabriella R. Camper
My daughter most enjoyed being with her team, learning, laughing, and playing basketball with likeminded children.
Team bonding came very naturally which made for a friendly welcoming environment. The camp directors are very good with the girls. It seems a natural talent to teach their love and knowledge of the game to the younger girls. My daughter most enjoyed being with her team, learning, laughing, and playing basketball with likeminded children. This camp is unique in that the girl are put into teams, taught skills, and are encouraged to apply those skills in games throughout the week.
— Julie B. Parent
I loved my counselors.
I loved my counselors and how much I learned about the sport. I thought this camp was excellent and interesting.
— Katie F. Camper
I am looking forward to participating next summer!
I enjoyed the camp very much. I recommend this to all my friends. I liked how we were split up into teams and had stations in the morning and games in the afternoon. I also liked how we got a big break for lunch, that we weren't rushed to eat so we could get back. I enjoyed it very much, and I am looking forward to participating next summer!
— Claire A. Camper
This is an amazing camp.
This is an amazing camp. It really helps you with your skills. The coaches are very nice. The camp is well supervised for overnight campers. I would recommend this camp for anyone who loves basketball.
— Michelle B. Parent
Girls got a lot of ball time, playing time, and encouragement.
Very well staffed - I think I counted 15 staff at one time. Girls got a lot of ball time, playing time, and encouragement.
It was really fun for me!
The camp was a great experience, especially the counselors. They really just treated you like a good friend and you could get to know them. It was really fun for me!
I loved the team building activities.
I loved the team building activities outside of playing basketball.