Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp University of San Diego
2023 Dates & Prices Now Available!
This NIKE Lacrosse Camp, located on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, is just minutes from downtown San Diego. Get ready for a week of focused, intensive training sessions lead by longtime camp director, Mario Enea, and his coaching staff.
Campers train each day at Machester Field on the USD campus and dine daily at USD’s gourmet cafeteria and have access to the University Pool and many other campus training amenities. Great weather, coaching and excellent facilities make this camp a favorite for many young athletes.
- High School and Youth Skills Camp for Boys Ages 12-18
- Superior instruction
- 8:1 camper to instructor on field ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
- Team and sibling discounts available
- Special goalie instruction and discounts available
- Every camper receives a reversible Nike practice jersey
- Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement
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Camp Director Mario Enea
Mario Enea posted 31 Wins and 12 Loss career record in three seasons as the Head Coach at the University of Oklahoma from 2017-19. During his tenure, coach Enea lead the Sooners to three consecutive playoffs, which included back to back Lone Star Alliance Championship games.View Mario Enea's Bio ⟩
Honors and awards included LSA Coach of the Year (‘17) and LSA Offensive Player of the Year (Matt Hammond ‘17) and both LSA Offensive (Eddie Arnold ‘18) and Defensive Player of the Year (Nicholas Johnston ‘18). Coach Enea had over twenty players make the Lone Star Alliance All Conference Team.
Considered a pioneer in California lacrosse, Enea has been active in the sport for over 25 years. He grew up in Carmel, CA. playing high school football, baseball and lacrosse at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA. A starter for Drew University (NJ), Enea led the Rangers to the NCAA tournament before transferring to the University of California -Berkeley. He helped the Bears win a pair of WCLL championships, while twice being selected all-conference. Enea was a two-time captain and voted "Most Inspirational Player" by his teammates.
In February of 1995, Lacrosse Magazine featured a cover of Enea and his Cal classmates with the title "Is Cal the Best in the West?" Enea helped Cal post a 56-5 record during his time in Berkeley.
Enea represented the West in the Division I North-South Senior All-Star game hosted at Johns Hopkins. He was drafted in the third round of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, where he played one season before launching his coaching career.
Enea's hiring at Oklahoma will mark his 20th season coaching lacrosse. He began his career as an assistant at his high school alma mater. He has also been the head coach at Santa Clara University along with prep head coaching positions at Santa Catalina, Carmel and Palma High Schools. He also helped found numerous programs to introduce thousands of kids to the sport. Enea has developed over 150 high school and college All-Americans and was selected US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2013.
Enea founded BraveHeart lacrosse, a training center for players, coaches and officials. BraveHeart lacrosse is based on the principles of honor, integrity and passion. Enea was elected to the University of California at Berkeley Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Camp Coordinator Kyle Allen
On staff is the current Head Lacrosse Coach of San Dieguito Academy High School Kyle Allen. Coach Allen has 19 years of coaching experience working with youth to the collegiate level. In those years he had roles as a Head Coach (14 years) and Program Director (5 years).View Kyle Allen's Bio ⟩
Lead Instructor - High School Johnathan Adlam
On staff this summer is Johnathan Adlam. Coach Adlam is a 2-time NISAA ALL-American from Long Island, NY. Johnathan is a US Navy veteran living in San Diego for the last 15 years and coaching middle school, High School, and College for the last 12 years. He's been the Heach Coach at Canyon Hills High for the last 5 seasons.
Staff - Face-Off Instructor John Solomon
On staff is John Solomon. Coach Solomon, aka "Coach Solo," is a highly accomplished – Maryland bred – player, coach, confidence and energy coach, and master face-off instructor. With a passion for the sport and a commitment to developing well-rounded athletes, Coach Solo has a proven track record of success in guiding players to reach their full potential on and off the field.View John Solomon's Bio ⟩
Coaching: As an experienced varsity head coach, Coach Solo has led teams to numerous victories at the High School level. His coaching style combines technical expertise, strategic gameplay, and a strong emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship. He fosters a positive and collaborative environment where athletes thrive and continually improve their skills.
Confidence Coaching: Coach Solo's expertise extends beyond the X's and O's of lacrosse. As a confidence coach, he understands the crucial role mental resilience plays in an athlete's performance. Through personalized coaching sessions, Coach Solo empowers players to build self-belief, overcome challenges, and perform at their best when it matters most. His guidance helps athletes develop a winning mindset both on and off the field.
Master Face-Off Instruction: Coach Solo's specialization lies in face-off instruction, where he is recognized as a master in the field. With an in-depth understanding of the mechanics, techniques, and strategies involved in face-offs, he has trained numerous players to become dominant forces at the X. His expertise covers all aspects, from stance and hand placement to quick reaction time and anticipation, providing athletes with a competitive edge in this critical aspect of the game.
Coaching Philosophy: Coach Solo's coaching philosophy revolves around instilling a love for the game, fostering personal growth, and cultivating a winning mentality. He places a strong emphasis on skill development, tactical awareness, and building strong team chemistry. Through a combination of rigorous training, mental conditioning, and individualized instruction, Coach Solo ensures that his players not only excel on the lacrosse field but also grow into confident, well-rounded individuals.
Coach Solo's dedication to the sport, expertise in face-offs, and commitment to empowering athletes make him a sought-after coach in the lacrosse community. Whether you are a player looking to improve your face-off skills, seeking a confidence boost, or aiming to excel in all aspects of the game, Coach Solo will provide you with the guidance and support you need to reach your highest potential.
Staff - Goalie Coach Trevor Best
On staff this summer is Trevor Best.View Trevor Best's Bio ⟩
- I started playing in middle school with the PQ Tigers. I then went on to play 4 years on varsity for Mt. Carmel High school in San Diego.
- I taught myself how to string when I started playing and have been stringing since. I love to string lacrosse sticks!
- I started coaching for the PQ Tigers my senior year of high school and was there for a few years before going back to Mt. Carmel to help coach the JV and Varsity teams. I helped the Varsity team win their first CIF championship.
- I also coached my 7th-8th grade A Tigers team to a championship in 2019.
- Currently, I play Box Goalie and love it!
Goalie Coach Andrew Cook
Andrew is currently the starting goalie for Torrey Pines High School and has held this position for three years. He was awarded First Team All-League and All-CIF in 2023. During the off-season, Andrew can be found playing on two club teams: West Coast Starz and RC.
Staff Frankie Esquibel
On staff this summer is Frankie Esquibel. Coach Frankie has 6 years of experience coaching middle school, high school, and college lacrosse players.View Frankie Esquibel's Bio ⟩
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, San Diego High School, where he started as a varsity D Pole. Coach Frankie has since moved on to coach alongside Coach Johnathan Adlam as a defensive coordinator at Canyon Hills High School, where they finished their season as co-league champions. He also spends time training student-athletes in one-on-one and small group sessions.
Coach Frankie highlights the 'why' behind each fundamental skill and movement in the game in order to build muscle memory and Lacrosse IQ. He looks forward to another year with Nike Lacrosse at USD.
Staff Ryan Thie
Ryan has more than ten years of experience playing and a few years of coaching. He is currently the Head JV coach at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, CA. Ryan's admirable attention to detail is evident in his work, and he takes great satisfaction in it.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand for these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. This summer, San Diego is offering one session of overnight with an Extended Day Camp (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM) option available. At the Nike Lacrosse Camp at the University of San Diego, 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 the camp, your enthusiasm and self-confidence will grow along with your skills.
- Dates: July 17-20
- Age Group: 12-18
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-In: ALL CAMPERS: Check-in takes place at the entrance of the parking lot leading to Valley Field between 2:00-3:00pm. At 3:00pm all campers and staff will walk together to Manchester Field for staff introductions and first session of lacrosse.
- Check-out: Check-out takes place from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the field after a brief closing ceremony.
- Extended Day Schedule: MON 2PM-9PM, TUE 9AM-9PM, WED 9AM-9PM, THUR 9AM-12pm **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: The Advanced Skills/Complete Skills Camp is designed for high school/youth players (ages 10-16), and focuses on stick skills, position play, team concepts, and an overall intense level of competition.
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
- Dorm: VALLEY B DORM
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. 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!
- Bathrooms: Shared
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or a sleeping bag, a pillow, a pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: There is no A/C in dorms. Campers can bring a fan.
The staff reside 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.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Reversible Jersey & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive a Nike Lacrosse Camps Reversible Jersey and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your helmet, mouthpiece, cleats, lacrosse stick, gloves, and pads.
- Facility: USD Athletic Fields
- Medical Protocol: 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.
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!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Checklist of things to bring:
- Athletic Socks
- Helmet & Mouthpiece
- Lacrosse Stick(s), Gloves, Pads
- Goalies Must Have Full Protective Equipment
- Comfortable Off-Field Clothes
- Toiletries & Personal Items
- Water Bottle
- Turf Shoes or Running Shoes for
- Alarm Clock
- Extra Towels
- Non-Perishable Snack Foods
- Spending money (approx. $50)
- Pillow & Pillowcase
- Twin XL Sheets/Blanket or Sleeping Bag
- No Fan Needed – Dorms Are Air Conditioned
- COVID PPE (as required by state/local guidelines)
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Extended Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: Along with your lacrosse equipment, we recommend that you bring a day pack with the following items: water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing, cleats, and walking shoes.
Camp Schedule & Meals:
- Monday: Extended Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Day Campers stay until 8:30pm. Dinner is provided.
- Tuesday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-9:00pm. Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-9:00pm. Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Thursday: Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes at 12:00pm. Departure time may change depending on the event.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE LACROSSE CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our lacrosse camps please see our FAQ page.
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 2:00-3:00pm on Monday, July 17th. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 3:30pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
Check-out takes place between 11:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, July 20th. Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
2 campers per room. 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!
- Dorm: Valley B Dorm
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No
- Suggested spending money: $40
- Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all field sessions
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 Campers
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 2:30-3:00pm dressed to play. On all other days, the arrival time is 8:45am. Departure on other days is 9:00pm. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
- Monday: Campers stay until 9:00pm. Dinner is provided.
- Tuesday-Wednesday: Camper Hours - 9:00am-9:00pm. Lunch and dinner provided.
- Thursday: Camper Hours - 9:00-12:00am. Check-out is immediately after camp concludes with the closing ceremony.
- Daily Schedule: MON 3PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-12PM
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from the San Diego International Airport we recommend Super Shuttle (1-800-622-2089, or visit https://www.supershuttle.com/locations/sandiego-san/). 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.
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.
Sibling Discount: $25 off each player. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the sibling discount over the phone or you can indicate that you are eligible for the sibling discount in the “comments” field when registering via our secure website. Sibling 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!
University of San Diego
The small private University of San Diego features stunning Pacific Ocean views from the Alcalá Park corner of campus but of course, with the campus being in San Diego it’s all gorgeous. If the Alcalá views aren’t enough for you, stroll around campus and you’ll be able to take in breath-taking views of the San Diego Harbor, the Coronado Islands, and La Jolla.
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had the best time!
July 2, 2021: Our 14 year old had the best time! He learned a lot of skills, gained a lot of confidence, had his first amazing collegiate-stay experience at an incredible facility, the coaches were knowledgeable and lead by example. In addition to skills learned on the field, he also gained focus and direction in an attempt to play lacrosse in college; coaches encouraged off the field priorities to help reach his goals. He is motivated and this camp sparked more drive and determination to reach his goals. We will be back year after year and sending our other son next year as well!
— Brittany, Parent
July 2, 2021: Our son was younger for the group but was still included in all the drills and activities. Coaches were a great mixture of structured but with the goal of getting better and having fun. Competition level was great.
— Wallace, Parent
Thank you Nike Lacrosse!
July 3, 2021: My son has poured himself into lacrosse this summer, but the fruit he got out of this experience has by far had the most impact. As a parent it was great to be invited to watch the boys vs. girls game and the camp championship. It is great to have a window into the players experiences. The presence and professionalism of the coaches is something I am truly grateful for. Thank you Nike Lacrosse!
— Ryane, Parent
loved coach mario!
July 11, 2021: Coach Mario and his staff made the camp fun and very educational. My son is 17 and has played lacrosse for 6 years. When got home, he showed his brother (college lacrosse player) everything he learned. He was excited and said "I wish coach Mario was still coaching college LAX, I would play for him"!
— Denis, Parent
July 9, 2018: My son had a blast connecting with the other players. Very positive environment. He also gave rave reviews to all the coaches and said everything was extremely well organized from start to finish.
— Katheryn B., Parent
January 17, 2018: Hi Coach Enea - Connor aka “Barracuda” is already registered and paid in full. We are all looking forward to another great camp. We chose your camp over Connor’s invite to play on a Pacific Region (CA & OR) Lax All Star Team in a big national tournament in MD. Mom & Dad were very impressed and extremely happy with your camp last summer, and Connor not only learned a lot, but truly enjoyed the entire experience - in his words “it was the best week of my life!”
— Kevin E. Parent
Definitely be back next year!
July 16, 2017: Our son has played one year on a club team and participated in local camps and clinics. He said he learned more in the Nike camp than he did in all the others combined. Coach Enea and his staff were fantastic. They focused on skills and teamwork and always made the hard work fun. Our son will definitely be back next year.
— Steve A. Parent
Ton of instruction!
July 12, 2017: USD campus was great and easy for parking and watching events. The staff was very friendly and encouraging. They got a ton of instruction and actual on field play time.
— Mike K. Parent
Can't wait to go back next year!
July 11, 2017: My 12 year old had a great experience at his first overnight camp ever. He was excited to learn new skills and improve his play in a positive environment. The staff had good energy and made the camp fun yet challenging. He can't wait to go back next year!
— Tamra R. Parent
Excel in the game he loves!
July 11, 2017: My son had the best experience at Nike lacrosse camp! He is already wanting to go again next year. Thank you for the wonderful staff and coaches that have given my son the opportunity to excel in the game he loves!
— Angie B. Camper
What a great week!
July 17, 2016: The facilities at this camp are amazing, I wouldn't change a thing. The coaches were smart and willing to help us when we needed it. I loved the food and eatting staying in a college dorm. What a great week!
— Aidan G. Camper
July 17, 2016: The coaches are great and personable. The boys had lots of opportunities to practice/play their skills and even create new ones. My son already said he cannot wait until next summer. Thanks Nike!
— Logan E. Parent
One of the best!
July 12, 2015: This camp was one of the best our guy has attended for building on his skills. Great attention to all the Players. Also solid assessment on skill level early in the camp to allow this growth. Thanks!
— Reed H. Parent
Everyone is so friendly and welcoming!
July 12, 2015: My son attended the Nike Lacrosse camp this summer at the beautiful USD campus. He had a wonderful experience from the moment we arrived. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. He said everyday was great and he met a lot of nice people. He has been playing Lacrosse for about 4 years. He switched to goalie for the 1st time and loved it. He said it was a great experience and now he is going to try out for goalie at his High School this fall. We will be back again next summer.
— Kelli W. Parent
Above and beyond!
July 12, 2015: My son has attended this camp for the second year and left camp inspired to play for many years and even wanting to coach. Coach Mario and his entire staff performed above and beyond to make it a wonderful experience for everyone. Thank you Coaches! Hope to see you next year.
— Bryce J. Parent
July 11, 2015: Great camp! The staff is awesome and so are the accomodations. My son learned so much and made so many friends that have the same passion about this sport! Thanks Mario!!!
— Jim C. Parent
July 10, 2015: My son LOVED the Nike Lacrosse Camp! One of my girlfriends had been recommending the camp after her son went the year before and had a wonderful experience. The staff, campus, instruction and activities were amazing and my son learned a lot of new moves and improved drastically from the camp. I have been telling everyone with a child that plays lacrosse that their child MUST attend this camp! We felt that he was safe the entire time and had no worries or concerns while he was at USD. I give the camp an A+ and strongly recommend it!
— Chase M. Parent
July 10, 2015: My son had a wonderful experience and said when he left camp he had learned valuable new techniques/skills and was consequently going to be a better player. The coaches were great. The focus on being a good student as well as a great lacrosse player was important too. It was an all around awesome experience for my son. Thank you!
— Robby A. Parent
Very worthwhile camp.
July 10, 2015: The instruction is excellent and the focus on stick skills was most valuable...sometimes on a regular team, you can forget some of the most basic tips that will help you to be a better player...constantly staying on stick skills and looking at that intensely was very worthwhile.
— Ethan C. Camper
Looking forward to next year!
July 12, 2014: This was our first year of camp and we are new to LAX. My son loved the camp and can't wait for next year.
— Davis W. Parent
July 12, 2014: Our son started playing LAX this summer. Although there were much more experienced players attending the camp, our son was welcomed, coached, encouraged. He learned a lot and gained quite a bit of confidence. We would highly recommend this camp.
— Shayla P. Parent
July 10, 2014: We flew our two boys down from Sammamish, Washington for the second year in a row and once again the kids had a great time, played a lot of lacrosse, met great kids and drove away looking forward to booking next year's camp.
— Tony D. Parent
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.