Nike Women’s Rowing Camp University of San Diego
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Join Head Coach David Cormier and the USD Rowing staff on the water this summer in beautiful San Diego! Girls ages 13-18 get to train on the water at the USD Boathouse and one of America's most beautiful campuses.
Rowers will have the opportunity to train and improve their skills while experiencing what it means to be a collegiate rower. Camp will consist of on-water sessions and dry land sessions with a low camper to coach ratio.
- Practice and train on beauitiful Mission Bay out of the USD Boathouse
- Get an inside look at an elite, collegiate athletic program
- Discussion of long term development and individual instruction for each rower
- All campers receive a Nike Crew Camp tank
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Camp Director David Cormier
David Cormier was officially announced as San Diego women's rowing's head coach in September of 2022.View David's Bio ⟩
The 11th head coach in program history and the seventh in USD’s West Coast Conference era, Cormier had served as the Toreros’ assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since 2019.
“I’m tremendously excited about the appointment of Dave Cormier as our Head Women’s Rowing Coach,” said Associate Vice President/Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis. “During his time as an assistant coach at USD, David has demonstrated that his values, his care for the women in our program, and his passion for servant leadership align with who we are not only as a department, but as an institution. I am confident that his deep knowledge of our team, the WCC, and West Coast rowing in general will elevate our program to the next level.”
A Worcester, Massachusetts native, Cormier entered his ninth year in coaching this fall.
“I am honored and thrilled to be named the head coach of San Diego women's rowing,” Cormier said. “The coaches who came before me laid a great foundation that has attracted and developed some of the best athletes I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and we're all ready to put in the work this year. Our fall season is already off to a great start and there's an atmosphere of excitement at the boathouse every morning. I'd like to thank the search committee, in particular our Athletic Director, Bill McGillis, and our Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Administration, Dan Yourg, for entrusting me with this opportunity."
Cormier’s coaching career began at his alma mater, UMass Lowell (from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude) as the River Hawks’ head coach and boathouse coordinator, a position he held from 2013-2015. While at UMass Lowell he oversaw all boathouse events, expanded the team from 30 to more than 75 athletes, and created and implemented facility-wise safety policies and procedures.
From Lowell, Cormier moved to Westford, Massachusetts to become the head coach and program director at Westford Community Rowing, where he oversaw all operations of the rowing programs, from instructional to competitive. His tenure in Westford (2015-2017) saw the club achieve a national ranking for the first time in club history while doubling its membership in its middle school segment and tripling the size of its adult rowing program.
Cormier’s final stop before joining the Toreros came at nearby San Diego State, where he served as the Aztecs’ assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and coached SDSU’s V4+ and 2V4+ to first-place finishes at WIRA in the 2019-2020 season.
Cormier was a bronze medalist at the 2011 New England Rowing Championships with the UMass Lowell Varsity 4+. He was a member of the Merrimac River Rowing Association from 2012-2015, and has competed with the San Diego Rowing Club’s Masters Competitive Team since 2021.
David currently resides in San Diego with his partner, Mengyu Wu.
CORMIER’S COACHING CAREER - BY THE NUMBERS:
- 1st Place 2022 WIRA - Women’s 2V8+
- 1st Place 2021 WCC Rowing Championships - Women’s 2V8+
- 2nd Place 2021 WCC Rowing Championships - Team Points
- 1st Place 2019 - 2021 San Diego Fall Classic - Women’s Open 8+
- 2nd Place 2021 Pac-12 Invite Saturday - Women’s 2V8+
- 3rd Place 2019 Head of the American - Women’s Collegiate 8+
- 2nd Place 2019 Head of the American - Women’s Collegiate 4+
- 3rd Place 2019 AAC Championships - Women’s 3V4+
- 1st Place 2019 WIRA - Women’s Varsity 4+, Women’s Varsity 2V4+, Women’s 2V8+
- 1st Place 2018 WIRA - Women’s Varsity 4+
- 1st Place 2018 San Diego Crew Classic - Women’s Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup
- 10th Place 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships - Women’s Lightweight 4+
- 2nd Place 2015 USRowing Northeast Youth Championships - Women’s Lightweight 4+
2023 CAMP DATES
- July 23-27
Camp will focus on sweep rowing.
Please click on "More Important Camp Details" for specific information about camp.
The High Performance Camp is geared towards girls ages 13-18 that have at least one season of experience on the water. This camp is not for beginners.
This camp is geared towards experienced rowers with at least one season of racing who want to get a feel for what it is like to row at an elite Division I university. There will be in depth education and discussion of the rowing stroke, training regimens, and racing tactics. Conditioning and video analysis will take place, as well as exposing camp athletes to the collegiate recruitment process. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review their recordings.
- Check-In: Overnight campers Sunday between 1:30pm-2:30pm in front of the Mission Crossroads building. Look for signs to Nike Rowing Camps to direct you. Day Campers check-in between 3:00pm-3:30pm.
- Check-out: All campers check-out on Thursday at 12:00pm
- Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 3:30pm-8:00pm, Monday-Wednesday 8:30am-4:00pm, Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp Tank: All campers receive a Nike Rowing Camps shirt
- Overnight Campers: All meals are included, start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
- Day Campers: Dinner is included on Sunday. Lunch is included Monday-Wednesday
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
- Ratio: 10:1 camper to coach ratio
- Equipment Needed: seat pad, water bottle, sunscreen
- Facility: Campers will utilize the USD Boathouse and other athletic facilities on campus.
- Medical Protocol: Coaches are CPR and first aid certified. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
The USD campus, built in Spanish Renaissance style, is situated on 180 acres of mesa overlooking San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay. It has been rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. In 2017, it was ranked #1 for most beautiful campus in the country. The USD campus provides a safe, secure environment, and add an exciting cultural dimension to the total rowing camp experience. Week long tennis camp participants really absorb the college environment, since they are staying in the college dorms and dining at the Student Life Pavilion, where all college students eat regularly throughout the semester. We always incorporate a tour of the campus during one of our evenings, so that the kids have an idea of the size of the campus and beauty they are surrounded by!
- Dorm: College dorms on campus and dining at the Student Life Pavilion.
- Number of Campers per Room: 2
- 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.
- Linens: Bed linens are not provided
- Air Conditioning: The dorms do NOT have A/C. Campers are encouraged to bring a fan
- Evening Activities: Evening activities include a movie night and a campus tour.
- Weekend Stayovers: Not offered at this location
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the USD campus is San Diego International Airport.
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.
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount.
- To register your group online: 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 individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
*All camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants, limited only by specified number, age, grade level and/or gender of its participants.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Depart for boathouse
- 7:20 AM Breakfast
- 8:00AM - 10:00AM Morning row
- 10:00AM - 11:00AM Snack and video review
- 11:00AM - 12:30PM Second row
- 12:30PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and lecture
- 2:00PM - 3:30PM Erg session
- 4:00PM Head back to campus
- 6:00PM Dinner
- 10:00 PM Lights out
The University of San Diego's rowing programs are privileged to a variety of outstanding athletic facilities, including practicing on San Diego's Mission Bay. Torero athletes can also utilize a 'varsity only' weight room, recently renovated in 2002. The indoor Erg Room, located in the University's Sports Center, gives the Toreros an indoor practice facility as well. Combining the team's boat house on Mission Bay and the on-campus facilities at the team's disposal, the Torero rowing program boasts some of the best facilities and practice conditions in the nation.
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.