Nike Girls Basketball Camp Saint Vincent College
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Improve your fundamental and team play skills this summer just southeast of Pittsburgh in Latrobe, PA. Work closely with Head Women's Basketball Coach Jimmy Petruska to help hone in on individual and team goals through high-energy drills, competitive scrimmages and fun activities.
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.
- Train with Saint Vincent College Women's Basketball Head Coach and Coaching Staff
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Jimmy Petruska
Jimmy Petruska begins his ninth season as the head women’s basketball coach at Saint Vincent in 2018-19. Coach Petruska holds a 150-66 career record (.694 winning percentage) while leading the Bearcats women’s basketball program.View Jimmy's Bio ⟩
Entering 2018-19, Petruska ranks among the top 20 all active coaches in winning percentage in Division III.
Through the end of the 17-18 season, Petruska has seen his players earn All-PAC recognition 20 times and PAC Player of the Year honors twice.
During the 2017-18 season, Petruska led the Bearcats to a 19-10 overall record with appearances in the PAC Tournament Semifinals and the Division III ECAC Quarterfinals. Both Mara Benvenuti and Babette Sanmartin earned All-PAC honors.
The Bearcats advanced to the PAC Tournament Championship game during the 2016-17 season and finished the campaign with an 18-10 overall record. Jasmine Weems picked up All-PAC Second Team recognition, while Benvenuti and Susie Ellis garnered Honorable Mention status.
Saint Vincent fought through injuries and inexperience during the 2015-16 season to finish 15-13 overall and still advanced to the PAC Tournament Semifinals. Both Weems and Benvenuti were selected All-PAC.
Petruska was named PAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2014-15 after leading Saint Vincent College to a 22-5 overall record and a second place finish in both the regular season and Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
Entering 2017-18, Petruska ranks among the top 20 all active coaches in winning percentage in Division III.
During the 2014-15 season, Taylor Mathers was named First Team All-PAC while also earning All-Region honors from D3hoops.com and being recognized by the ECAC as well. Through the end of the 14-15 season, Petruska has seen his players earn All-PAC recognition 13 times and PAC Player of the Year honors twice. The Bearcats have also made the national postseason three times under Coach Petruska, earning at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Bearcats landed a spot in the ECAC South Tournament in 2013-14.
Petruska was named the second head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program at Saint Vincent College back in 2011. Petruska replaced Kristen Zawacki, the lone coach in the program’s 27-year history, who tragically passed away in December of 2010.
Coach Petruska was named the team’s interim head coach immediately following the loss of Coach Zawacki, and led the Bearcats to a 17-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament in the final 19 games of the 2010-11 campaign. The Bearcats, who finished as runner-up in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, produced a trio of All-PAC players in Brittany Sedlock, Maria Baroffio, and Devin McGrath, with Sedlock being named the conference Player of the Year as well as All-America by d3hoops.com. The following year, Sedlock was again named the PAC Player of the Year and All-America by D3hoops as the Bearcats again reached the PAC Championship game and National Tournament.
Petruska began his college coaching career in Saint Vincent in 2006, serving as a graduate assistant. In July 2007, he was promoted to become the first ever full-time assistant coach in the team’s history. After the Bearcats finished 9-16 in 2007-08, Petruska helped lead the team to a 16-8 record a season later. In 2009-10, the Bearcats finished 24-5, and captured the ECAC South championship, before their 2010-11 NCAA tourney appearance.
A native of Valencia, Pa. and 2004 graduate of Saint Vincent, Petruska began his coaching career while still a student, as an assistant at Mars High School in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs from 2002-04, before spending the 2005-06 season at neighboring Pine-Richland High School. He also was active in the AAU coaching ranks for four seasons.
Petruska, who graduated from SVC with a degree in History, recently completed his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Saint Vincent. He is a 2000 graduate of Mars High School, and is the son of James and Dana Petruska – the head girls’ basketball coach of Deer Lakes High School.
Petruska currently resides in Champion with his wife, Kelly, his daughter, Mackenzie, and their golden retriever, Maverick.
Assistant Coach Ashley Campbell
Ashley Campbell enters her 10th season on the Bearcat coaching staff and eighth on a full-time basis in 2018-19. She serves as recruiting coordinator, handles player development and scouting opponents for the coaching staff.View Ashley's Bio ⟩
During her tenure on the coaching staff, Saint Vincent has seen 20 student-athletes honored with All-PAC recognition and saw Brittany Sedlock win back-to-back PAC Player of the Year awards during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
A four-year member of the Bearcat basketball team, she started 52 games in her career as a point guard, including all 24 her senior season. In 2008-09, she averaged 8.4 points per game and had a career-best 97 steals and 123 assists.
She is a native of Donora, PA and graduate of Ringgold High School.
JULY 14-18, 2019
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 12pm-2pm
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 12:30pm
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in the Saint Benedict Residence Hall on campus. The dorms will house 2 per room and roommates will be 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.
Extended Day Campers
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Extended Day Campers stay until 9pm.
♦ Optional Swimming, pack accordingly.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9am-9pm.
♦ Optional Swimming on Wednesday, pack accordingly.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9am-1pm.
♦ Lunch is not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: SUN 12pm-9pm, MON-WED 9am-9pm, THURS 9am-1pm
There will be optional swim time Sunday and Wednesday from 8:30pm-9:30pm for extended day and overnight campers. Extended day campers are welcome to stay and swim or leave at 8:30pm. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
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.
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, shower
- 7:45 AM Breakfast
- 9:00 AM Extended 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, stations
- 4:00 PM Skill contests
- 5:00 PM Free time
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Back to gym, league games
- 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights Out
Campers will train in the Robert S. Carey Center. The Carey Center is the home of Saint Vincent Basketball and Volleyball programs. First opened as Sportsman's Hall in 1952, the building was later renamed Kennedy Hall. An extensive reconstruction project took place in 2002-03, including the addition of a new wing for athletic offices, new locker rooms, weight room, gym floor, seating and more.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Loved the level of play
July 24, 2018: My daughter enjoyed being pushed and the level of intensity. It's the first time she's really been pushed that hard on a consistent basis.
— Damian W. Parent
July 20, 2018: My daughter had an outstanding experience at St. Vincent’s. The head coach was very welcoming, and his players were positive female role models for the young ladies attending camp. I couldn’t have asked for a better first overnight camp experience.
— Erica T. Parent
July 20, 2018: Elena got personalized attention, motivation, and coaching from the staff. She got along well with her roommate and liked her team. The personalized skill report card is very useful for ongoing training
— Gary P. Parent
July 20, 2018: This is my daughter's second year attending and she always has a great time. She learns a lot from the staff and other campers and she has made some great friends. She is already talking about next year!
— Kia D. Parent
Keep up the good work.
July 24, 2017: My daughter had a lot of fun and I believe that not only did she learn, but the camp helped increase her wanting to work harder to be a better athlete and basketball player. Keep up the good work. There was a lot of positive energy and it appeared that all the coaches had great connections with their individual teams at the conclusion of the camp.
— Megan M. Parent
Bonding as a team, learning new moves
July 22, 2017: The highlights of my camp experience were bonding as a team, learning new moves! I love how the campers are able to play with a team and be able to bond with new girls!
— Tori P. Camper
Our daughter really enjoyed the overnight camp
August 29, 2017: Our daughter really enjoyed the overnight camp and the opportunity to continue to develop her basketball skills with the Saint Vincent basketball coaches and players
— LiAnne H. Parent
I learn so much every time I go to camp.
Anyone who wants to excel in their game should attend this camp. It improves your skill and teaches you how to become a better player. I learn so much every time I go to camp. I have been attending camp since I was eight years old. This was my fourth year and I cant wait till next year. Thank you Nike, St. Vincent, Coach Jimmy and all the staff for an awesome experience.
— Caranda P. Camper
SUPER fun experience.
This was my first overnight camp, was a SUPER fun experience and really looking forward to next years. I made new friends, loved the staff and improved my game.
— Morgan S. Camper
Sending you and your staff a great big thanks!
Sending you and your staff a great big thanks for your commitment and dedication to a phenomenal camp! My daughter repeatedly reminded us it was the best week of her life right along with her Bruins Nationals week! We greatly appreciate your kind words to her! We will most certainly recommend your camp and will be returning with 2 of our 4 girls next summer.
You really work hard and learn a lot of skills.
I liked to make new friends and you really work hard and learn a lot of skills to help with upcoming season. Overall great experience.
— Morgan Z. Camper
I will be back next summer for sure!!
I learned a lot at camp. They helped me get better at defense and learn some new techniques. I will be back next summer for sure!!
— Taylor P. Camper
It was fun and fast paced.
It was fun and fast paced. It was hard work but I can not wait to go again!
Our daughter loved meeting so many new basketball friends!
Our daughter loved playing so many games daily‐‐ and she loved meeting so many new basketball friends! She learned so much‐‐ has been talking about "when I go back next year"!
It was a blast.
The camp was great. It took a lot of hard work and dedication but it was a blast and in the end it completely revolutionized the way I play basketball by making me much better. I recommend this camp to anyone.
My daughter had a great time.
My daughter had a great time, learned a lot and made a bunch of new friends. She can't wait to go back next year!
My daughter was not going to stay overnight but then changed her mind. The staff's willingness to let her stay was fantastic and they made it as easy as possible. She loved it and wants to come back next year.
This camp rejuvenated her love for the game!
My daughter was feeling a little down about basketball. This camp rejuvenated her love for the game! Thank you!!
This is my daughter's second year back.
This is my daughter's second year back. We also brought three other girls to camp this year. They loved it too!
The camp was fun and informative.
I recommend this camp to anyone who loves basketball. The camp was fun but was also very informative.