Nike Girls Lacrosse Camp at Salisbury University
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Salisbury University, located on Maryland’s beautiful eastern shore, 30 miles west of Ocean City and two hours from both Baltimore and Wilmington, DE, remains a Nike Lacrosse camp favorite for many.
The university's great location, outstanding facilities and talented coaching staff make Salisbury University a popular destination for young athletes to improve their lacrosse skills each summer. Our goal is to stimulate a love for the game by immersing you in the sport and giving you the kind of focused, intensive training essential to improvement. Over the course of camp, your enthusiasm and self-confidence will grow along with your skills.
- Camp Director is Jim Nestor, Head Coach of the Back to Back ('14 & '13) DIII National Champions!
- Superior instruction from College Coaches and Players
- 8:1 camper to instructor on field ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental drills, position training, and scrimmages
- Team discounts available
- Special goalie programs and instruction
- Every player receives a reversible mesh Nike practice jersey
- Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement
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Camp Director Jim Nestor
Head Coach Jim Nestor concluded his 15th season at the helm of the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team with his 14th-consecutive trip to the national tournament.View Jim Nestor's Bio ⟩
In 2016, the Sea Gulls went 18-3, earning their 14th-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship after going a perfect 8-0 in conference play and extending their CAC winning streak to 94 games. Salisbury earned its 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, making it all the way to the regional finals. The Sea Gulls had three student-athletes named All-Americans by the IWLCA, with Megan Wallenhorst and Gabbi Nieves landing on the first team and Gianna Falcone earning third-team honors.
Salisbury went 14-4 in 2015 to make its 16th appearance in the big dance after winning its 13th-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship. The Gulls went a perfect 8-0 in league play for yet another season to extend their Division III all-time record in regular-season play to 86-straight games without dropping a game, while maintaining 113-game win streak including postseason play. Two student-athletes were named All-Americans by the IWLCA in Megan Wallenhorst (Second Team) and Kara O'Rourke (Third Team).
The Sea Gulls went 23-1 in 2014 to defend its national title, defeating Trinity (Conn.) College, 9-6, for the second-straight year in the championship. Jumping out to an early 5-0 lead in the first half, Salisbury never trailed in the title game and hoisted the trophy for the third time in five years. Nestor kept the home turf unblemished again in 2014, for the third-straight season, as the Gulls ride a 41-game winning streak at Sea Gull Stadium. Salisbury named three First-Team All-Americans in senior Ashton Wheatley and juniors Bethany Baer and Laura Maskell. Baer was also named Most Outstanding Player for the NCAA tournament.
For his efforts guiding the team, Nestor was named the 2014 National Coach of the Year by the IWLCA.
Nestor guided Salisbury to its second NCAA title in 2013 with a 23-0 record. SU was rarely tested during the regular season, never trailing at halftime and winning all 16 regular-season games by no fewer than six goals. After rolling through the Capital Athletic Conference tournament and the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, the Sea Gulls ran into their first close game, never trailing, but battling to the final horn against Franklin & Marshall College in the NCAA quarterfinals, for an 8-6 win.
The Sea Gulls trailed in the national semifinal round, 5-3 at halftime, to Middlebury College, but battled back for an 8-7 win.
The next day, in the national championship game, Salisbury would breathe a bit easier, jumping out to a 4-0 lead against Trinity (Conn.) College in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Bantams would cut the edge to two, but would get no closer as Nestor and the Sea Gulls claimed the title, 12-5.
Nestor was named IWLCA National Coach of the Year for the third time, Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year for the seventh time.
Nestor led Salisbury to the NCAA title game for the fourth time in his tenure in 2012 as SU finished the season at 22-1 overall in and 8-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Gulls claimed their 10 CAC championship under Nestor and placed seven players on the All-CAC teams, had the CAC Player of the Year, six all-regional selections four All-Americans and the National Goalie of the Year. Nestor has mentored 33 All-Americans in his Salisbury tenure.
In 2011, Nestor led the team to its ninth straight and 11th overall Capital Athletic Conference championship, which allowed the program to make its 12th NCAA tournament appearance. Two players from that squad were named to All-American teams.
Nestor guided the Sea Gulls to the programs first national championship in 2010 as the Gulls went 21-1. Salisbury captured the championship with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Hamilton College in the national championship game. Additionally the Sea Gulls had three players garner All-American honors and seven players capture All-CAC accolades. The trip to the national championship marked the sixth time in Nestor's nine seasons that he brought the Sea Gulls to the Division III final four.
Nestor's eighth season was another one for the record books as the Sea Gulls made a run at a number of program records in 2009. Salisbury's 244 caused turnovers in 2009 were the most in program history. The Sea Gulls' 385 goals both 577 points both ranked second in program history while the 192 assists the team had were fourth best. Seniors Robyn Bishop, Sarah McKinley and Sonja Stuart were all named IWLCA first team All-Americans while junior Beth Rhodey was named to the second team and senior Holly Johnson was an honorable mention All-American. McKinley was named the National Defender of the Year and Stuart was named the National Goalie of the Year.
In 2008, Nestor and the Gulls put together quite a record-breaking year as they finished the season 22-1 overall and 7-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Sea Gulls claimed the CAC crown for the sixth consecutive year. For the majority of the season, SU held the No. 1 ranking in the Division III polls. Their quest at a perfect season ended when the Gulls were defeated by eventual-national-champion Hamilton in the NCAA semifinals, 11-10. Under the guidance of Nestor, the Sea Gulls compiled a school record 22 wins for the season (which was matched in 2012). They also set NCAA records for goals scored (433), assists (230) and total points (663). The Sea Gulls advanced to the program's fifth overall national semifinal at the time and fourth in the past five seasons, and have finished as national runner-up three times in Nestor's tenure.
In his 13 seasons as head coach, Nestor holds a remarkable .907 winning percentage (244-25) and has advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the past 10 years. His overall women's lacrosse coaching record is 323-64-1 (.832) in 19 seasons.
As a by-product of the team's success, Nestor has been named CAC Coach of the Year 11 times (2003-10, 13-15), had 87 players named to the all-conference team; which includes the 2005 Player of the Year Linda Ackermann, 2006 Player of the Year Kate Scott, 2007 & 2008 Player of the Year Sue Ackermann, 2010 Player of the Year Kim Cudmore, and 2012 and 2013 Player of the Year Katie Bollhorst. He has also had 39 players earn Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American honors and had seven players earn national position player of the years awards in Kate Scott (2006 National Attacker of the Year), Kelly Phillips (2007 National Defender of the Year), Sarah McKinley (2009 and 2010 National Defender of the Year), Sonja Stuart (2009 National Goalie of the Year), Ashton Wheatley (2012, 2013, and 2014 National Goalie of the Year), Katie Bollhorst (2013 National Attack Player of the Year), and Bethany Baer (2014 National Midfielder of the Year). In addition, Nestor was named IWLCA's Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year from 2004-08 and the IWLCA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2009. He was selected as the 2005 IWLCA Division III Coach of the Year and was again honored as the top coach in Division III following the 2010, 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Nestor, who also coached the Salisbury women's soccer team until the end of the 2012 season, is a 1990 graduate of Salisbury and returned to his alma mater after serving as the head coach for both women's lacrosse and women's soccer at Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pa., for six years.
Nestor compiled a 73-20-1 record in six seasons with the Gannon women's lacrosse program. He guided the team to a winning season every year during the program's six-year history. Gannon won three straight ECAC championships from 1998-2000, and was named the co-national champion by the IWLCA following the 2000 season. Nestor was named the IWLCA's Division II Coach of the Year in 1996 and was recognized as the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 2000 by CollegeLacrosseUSA.com. Gannon had 21 players recognized as IWLCA All-Americans during Nestor's tenure with the program. His coaching resume also includes stints at Frostburg State University (1991-92), Colby-Sawyer College (1992-94) and Lafayette College (1994). Nestor was the head coach at Colby-Sawyer for two seasons where his teams went 6-19.
Originally from Laurel, Md., Nestor received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Salisbury in 1990. He was a four-year letterman on the Sea Gull lacrosse and wrestling teams during his collegiate career. Nestor earned his master's degree in health and physical education at Frostburg State in 1992. His wife, Linda, is also a Salisbury graduate and was a four-year letterwinner on the women's lacrosse team.
Coach Nestor's Record at SU: 276-32 (97-2 CAC) in 15 seasons
• 3 NCAA Championship
• 7 NCAA Finalist appearances
• 14 NCAA Tournament appearances
• 14 CAC Championships
At the Nike Girls Lacrosse Camp at Salisbury University, our goal is to provide campers the fundamental skills, postion specific training and in-game tactical knowledge needed to enhance your game. Over the course of camp, your enthusiasm and self-confidence will grow along with your skills. This year Salisbury is offering one session of overnight with a commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM) option available.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
• Camp hours: MON 1:00PM-9:00PM, TUES-WED 8:45AM-9:00PM, THURS 8:45AM-11:30AM
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
- Check-in takes place between 12:00-1:30pm on Monday, June 25th at Nanticoke Hall.
- There will be a closing ceremony on Thursday, June 28th at 11:30am with departure following.
Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2-per room. Roommates are assigned by age and roommate request
- Dorm: Pocomoke Hall & Wicomico Hall
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not Provided
- Air Conditioning: No - The dorm rooms are only air-conditioned at night (Please bring Portable Fan)
- Suggested spending money: $40
- Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Extended Day Camp
- Check-in on Monday is between 1:00-1:30pm at Nanticoke Hall. Come dressed and ready to play.
- On Thursday campers depart from the field after the morning session, around 11:30am.
Tuesday through Thursday, Extended Day campers should arrival at the field at 8:45am.
Monday through Wednesday, Extended Day campers depart at 9:00pm.
Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
Goalie Discount: To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $50 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can indicate that you are eligible for the goalie discount in the “comments” field when registering via our secure website. Goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 am Breakfast (Overnighters)
- 9:00 am Stretching and Conditioning
- 9:30 am Line Drills and Stations
- 10:30 am Position Work
- Noon Lunch and rest
- 1:30 pm 1v1, 2v2, and fastbreaks
- 3:00 pm Drill stations and scrimmaging
- 5:00 pm Dinner and supervised free time
- 6:30 pm Back to field for games
- 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 pm Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights out!
Salisbury University is located on a lovely 140-acre campus in the city of Salisbury in Wicomico County on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore, a part of the Delmarva Peninsula. SU is part of the University of Maryland System. The city of Salisbury lies 30 miles west of the resorts at Ocean City, Maryland, and the Assateague Island National Seashore. Salisbury is 115 miles southeast of Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC. The city is 125 miles south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 125 miles north of Norfolk, Virginia. Salisbury is at the junction of east-west U.S. Route 50 and north-south U.S. Route 13. Salisbury University is positioned on U.S. Route 13 at the southern edge of the city of Salisbury.
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July 14, 2017: This camp had great instruction and guidance in game situations. I want to thank all the staff, for all their help in getting our daughter settled in. She will be back!
— Michelle B. Parent
July 14, 2017: My daughter loved playing with the older girls. She enjoyed all the instruction and couldn't get enough of the lacrosse. She said the dorms were amazing and she loved the talent show!
— Trisha L. Parent
Had a blast!
July 11, 2017: My daughter had a blast every year at this camp. Coach Nestor and his staff put on an excellent camp, it's my daughters favorite week out of the year!
— Kim M. Parent
July 10, 2017: Scrimmages were fun because I got to play! The counselors were nice and sweet and knew a lot about lacrosse. I learned some new dodges and I learned when I scoop, I should put my hand at the top of my stick.
— Alex P. Camper
July 9, 2017: Our daughter improved her game and confidence. She had a great time and the staff work very had. Great job on all points! Thank you so much for such a great week. Well worth every penny!!
— Zach C. Parent
See you next summer!
July 8, 2017: My 10 year old daughter loved this lacrosse camp! From the moment we checked her in, she was excited to meet new friends and connect with some of her rec team lacrosse friends. The camp helped her improve in areas that are crucial for next-level play. All aspects.... Stretching, conditioning, stick stills, footwork, dodging, shooting, and general team building. She can't wait to return in 2018!
— Vicki C. Parent
July 7, 2017: When I got to camp the coaches were friendly and welcoming to campers and parents. The rooms are nice with AC, such a plus! The instructors were great with the campers and showed great leadership skills. The player to coach ration was also excellent!
— Jill R. Parent
This camp just keeps getting better!
July 17, 2016: Greatly improved this year. Parent communication, ceremony directions, schedule for parents, check-in process was all done very well and noticeably changed from the prior year. This camp just keeps getting better!
— Reagan M. Parent
Jim Nestor is the best!
July 15, 2016: Camp is great, All my children have loved it. Jim Nestor is the best...we are fortunate to have him! Clean dorms and a great staff. Thank You!
— Annie C. Camper
Top notch camp!
July 14, 2016: The Salisbury University Nike lacrosse camp is a top notch camp run by Jim Nestor, the best coach in women's lacrosse. My daughter learned a lot and had fun doing it, she will definitely be back next year.
— Dawn M. Parent
Already excited to return!
July 20, 2015: This was my daughter's second year and she enjoys it very much! She is already excited to return for the third time!
— Mikayla P. Parent
Highlight of the summer!
July 19, 2015: Coach Nestor and his players run a excellent camp at a great facility! Our girls loved it!
— Julie E. Parent
July 18, 2015: The Nike Lacrosse Camp at Salisbury was a great way for my daughter to improve her game and increase her love of the sport. The campers’ energy and the coaches’ excitement for lacrosse made it a great atmosphere for her to learn in. She came home raving about the experience.
— Anthony S. Parent
July 18, 2015: The instruction was fantastic. Jim Nestor and his staff was friendly, experienced and very skilled. I learned a lot and had a GREAT time!!
— Michelle C. Camper
July 16, 2015: This camp was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much and made so many new friends. This has been so great. Thank you to all the counselors and coaches!
— Nancy J. Camper
Learn new skills.
July 15, 2015: I really enjoyed my experience at camp. I made friends and was able to demonstrate my skills at a competitive level. I learned better throwing and shooting techniques that will help me as an attacker. I want to thank Jim Nestor and the counselors at Salisbury University for their time and support.
— Summer S. Camper
July 15, 2015: Nike Lacrosse Camp at Salisbury University was great! There was a great vibe and energy amongst the players as well as the staff which made the camp more enjoyable! I would definitely recommend this camp to players looking to advance their play or even just for fun.
— Toni P. Parent