Nike Football Skills Camp Lawrence University
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
This Nike Football Skills Camp is designed for football players looking to improve their skills this summer. Join us at The Banta Bowl at Lawrence University and you will receive high-level instruction, led by Camp Director, Josh Sheron while playing the game you love!
Located in Appleton, WI, Lawrence University home to Viking Football. Instruction will include offensive and defensive position drills, athletic development, and competitive play. This is a great opportunity for any young athlete looking to improve their game, have fun, make new friends, and raise their confidence.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Coaching Staff
- Daily Training to Develop Speed, Strength and Agility
- Non-Contact Drills and Scrimmages
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
- Discussions on Proper Technique and Concussion Safety
- Position-Specific Drills
- Low Camper to Coach Ratios
- Excellent Training Facilities
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Camp Director, Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Josh Sheron
Josh Sheron joined the Lawrence football staff in the summer of 2021 and assumed the responsibilities of coaching the offensive line and serving as run game coordinator. Sheron, who also serves as human performance coordinator, came to Lawrence from Indiana Wesleyan University. Sheron had served as tackles and tights end coach and director of football operations at Indiana Wesleyan since June 2017.View Josh's Bio ⟩
A 2017 graduate of Trine University, Sheron played football for the Thunder and earned a bachelor's degree in health sciences. A member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll, Sheron also was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honors Society. Sheron is working on his master's degree in leadership and sports administration.
Sheron did an internship at Trine as the assistant offensive line coach before making the move to Indiana Wesleyan, a NAIA institution located in Sheron's hometown of Marion, Ind.
Sheron's group at Indiana Wesleyan put up some impressive numbers during his time there, ranking second in all of the NAIA in fewest sacks allowed and eighth in scoring offense during the 2018 season. During that campaign, Indiana Wesleyan averaged 420 yards and 39.7 points per contest.
Head Coach Tony Aker
Tony Aker is the new leader of the Lawrence University football program. Aker became the 29th head coach of the Vikings, who played their first season of football back in 1893, in December 2019. Aker came to Lawrence from Carroll University, where he was serving as the interim head coach of the Pioneers.View Tony's Bio ⟩
Aker spent four seasons at Carroll, a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, serving as associate head coach/offensive coordinator and coaching the quarterbacks.
"I'm beyond thrilled and excited to be named head football coach at Lawrence," Aker said. "I want to extend my thanks to President (Mark) Burstein, Christyn Abaray and the search committee for entrusting me to lead this great program. I look forward to developing our current Lawrentians both on and off the football field, establishing great relationships with our many alumni and working relentlessly to bring the best and brightest future Vikings from our great state, region and beyond."
Aker, who has deep recruiting ties in Wisconsin and the Chicago area, quickly established himself as an invaluable member of the Carroll athletics department. He has hired and mentored staff, worked closely with student-athletes in a multitude of roles and also served on search committees as Carroll filled key roles on its staff. Aker received Carroll's exclusive Ethos Award for Respect in 2019.
Aker began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. An All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection at Stevens Point, Aker earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2012 and is working toward a master's degree in education.
Aker worked in a variety of coaching roles with the Pointers over five seasons. Aker served as passing game coordinator during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and also coached wide receivers, fullbacks, tight ends and special teams during his tenure. He coached six All-WIAC selections and a pair of All-West Region choices. Also under his guidance were six academic all-region choices and a two-time College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American.
Aker moved to Carroll in 2016 and guided a prolific offense for the Pioneers. He and coached the most successful passer in Carroll history, Kyle Burlingame, and also coached All-CCIW wide receivers Brandon Ehrke and Preston Bell.
A native of Bloomington, Ind., Aker moved to Wisconsin as a teen and was a star athlete at Brown Deer High School. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel chose Aker as its Wisconsin Athlete of the Year in 2005, and he was inducted into Brown Deer's Hall of Fame in 2015. He spent two years at Rochester Community and Technical College where he was an National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and two-time all-region performer. Aker helped lead his team to the 2007 NJCAA national championship.
Aker and his fiance, Haley Petges, have a son, Landon, and a daughter, Evelyn.
Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator Matt Sosinsky
Wisconsin native Matt Sosinsky joined the Lawrence University football staff in 2020. Sosinsky, who grew up in Princeton, Wis., will coach the linebackers, serve as special teams coordinator and work as the recruiting coordinator.View Matt's Bio ⟩
Sosinsky came to Lawrence from Carleton College where he worked as the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach since April 2019. Sosinsky helped Carleton bring in its largest recruiting class in school history in 2019.
Sosinsky was a standout prep wide receiver and holds the Wisconsin record with 51 career touchdown catches. Sosinsky, who caught 206 passes as a high school receiver, ranks second in state history with 3,544 receiving yards. Sosinsky, who was a 13-time all-conference selection at Princeton in football, basketball, track and baseball, won the Al Toon Award as the state's top wide receiver in 2012.
A football and track and field standout at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Sosinsky earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. A two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection at wide receiver, Sosinsky also collected All-West Region honors as a senior. Sosinsky also earned All-America honors in indoor track as part of relay team for the Pointers.
Sosinsky began his coaching career as a student assistant at UW-Stevens Point for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and worked with the defensive backs. Sosinsky then served as a graduate assistant at Carroll University where he coached the wide receivers. While at Carroll, Sosinsky earned a master's degree in adult and continuing education.
Defensive Coordinator Andy Paider
Andy Paider is a familiar face to Lawrence University football fans. A native of Denmark, Wis., Paider was a standout with the Vikings and returns to Lawrence as the team's co-defensive coordinator.View Andy's Bio ⟩
A 2014 Lawrence graduate, Paider was serving as the defensive line coach for the 2020 season at Gannon University, a NCAA Division II school in Erie, Pa., before returning to his alma mater.
Paider spent three seasons as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. During his stint there during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons, Paider's had the top-ranked pass defense in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. He coached seven all-conference players, including stellar defensive end Javon Muhammad, who was the UMAC Defensive Player of the Year, a D3football.com all-region selection and the Cliff Harris Award winner. The Cliff Harris Award goes to the small college defensive player of the year.
After his graduation from Lawrence with a bachelor's degree in history, Paider was the defensive line coach with the Vikings during the 2014 season. He then served as defensive line coach at St. Norbert College during the 2015 season and coached the linebackers at Wilmington College in 2016 before heading to MacMurray.
Paider, who has a Master's degree in sports leadership from Concordia University Chicago, put together a fine playing career at Lawrence. A linebacker and defensive end during his time with the Vikings, Paider piled up 229 tackles and finished second in Lawrence history with 36.5 tackles for loss. Paider also finished with 11.5 sacks, two interceptions and even caught a touchdown pass against Beloit College in 2013. A team captain, Paider was chosen as the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2013.
A three-sport star at Denmark High School, Paider competed in football, basketball and track and field as a prep athlete. A two-time All-Bay Conference selection in football, Paider was a team captain at Denmark.
Defensive Line Coach Ryan Napralla
Ryan Napralla is a familiar face on the Lawrence football coaching staff after a distinguished playing career in the Midwest Conference. A native of Montello, Wis., Napralla has coached Lawrence's defensive line since 2020. A 2005 graduate of former Midwest Conference rival St. Norbert College, Napralla was an all-conference defensive lineman for the Green Knights. He also played on Midwest Conference championship teams in 2001, 2003 and 2004.View Ryan's Bio ⟩
Napralla earned a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education at St. Norbert and served as a middle school teacher for 15 years.
Napralla began coaching at Montello High School in 2005 and worked in his hometown through 2008. He was an assistant coach at St. Norbert from 2009 through 2014 before joining the staff at Green Bay Southwest High School for the 2015 and 2016 season. He coached at Pulaski High School from 2016 before joining the Lawrence staff in 2020.
A three-sport star at Montello High School, Napralla starred in football, wrestling and baseball before graduating in 2001. He was a two-time All-Trailways Conference selection as a defensive lineman. He also earned first-team all-conference honors as an offensive lineman.
Napralla and his wife, Niki, live in De Pere, Wis.
Quarterbacks Coach D'Andre Weaver
D'Andre Weaver moves from the field to the coaching ranks for the Lawrence University football program in 2022. Weaver will coach the Lawrence quarterbacks. The native of Orlando, Fla., was a standout quarterback for the Vikings and was chosen for the All-Midwest Conference team in 2021.View D'Andre's Bio ⟩
Weaver put together a stellar senior season in 2021 as he thrived in head coach Tony Aker's offense. A three-year starter for the Vikings, Weaver completed 185-of-345 passes for 2,250 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns in 2021. The 2,250 yards ranks as the third-best season in Lawrence history. He threw for a career-high 353 yards against Beloit College in 2021, and that ranks as the seventh-best game total in school history. He also threw for 341 yards in the season opener against Finlandia University.
Weaver completed 329-of-650 passes for 4,061 yards and 37 touchdowns for his career. He ranks sixth in school history in touchdown passes, sixth in completions, seventh in attempts and eighth in passing yardage.
Weaver earned a bachelor's degree in economics with an interdisciplinary in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Instruction will develop
fundamentals and advanced skills, focusing on footwork, specific positions, team
play, and game situations.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2023 CAMP INFORMATION
- Dates: CAMP WILL NOT RUN THIS SUMMER. CHECK BACK IN 2024.
- Age Group: 6-14 | K-4th (AM) | 5th-8th (PM)
- Gender: Co-Ed
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: Monday-Thursday | 9:00am-12:00pm (K-4th) 1:00pm-4:00pm (5th-8th)
- Check-In: Begins 30 minutes prior to the camp start time.
- Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a healthy snack and refillable water bottle.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily Football Instruction
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
INSTRUCTION & FACILITY
- Offensive Skills: Specific Position Skill Work, Hand-Eye Coordination, Ball Handling and Position, Passing Drills, Catching Drills, Proper Grip and Throwing, Running Routes
- Defensive Skills: Specific Position Skill Work, Explanation of Defenses (Zone/Man-to-Man), Footwork
- Teamwork, Concussion Safety, Nutrition
Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
Groupings: Campers are initially grouped by age and moved around accordingly based on skill level.
Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities are available during inclement weather conditions.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
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!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
This camp is NON-CONTACT
Small gym bag/backpack
Athletic clothing: t-shirt, shorts
Cleats (NO metal-tip cleats) & sneakers
Packed lunch and snacks
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.
Nike Football Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service.
If you have a group of campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during checkout. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
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Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
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