Nike Women’s Rowing Camp Seattle Pacific University
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Join Nike Rowing Camps and Seattle Pacific University for their first summer on the water in Washington! The Seattle Pacific Women's Rowing Staff have developed a competitive and enjoyable camp program to help rowers improve their skills on and off the water.
- Practice and train at the SPU Boathouse
- Get an inside look at an elite, collegiate athletic program
- Discussion of long term development and individual instruction for each rower
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Camp Director/Camp Administrator Caitlin McClain
Caitlin McClain enters her third season at the helm of the Seattle Pacific women's rowing program, entering the 2022-23 campaign.View Caitlin's Bio ⟩
She directed the Falcons to an NCAA Division II Championships berth in 2022. They finished sixth at the national regatta at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.
SPU's four-oared entry advanced to the NCAA grand final race and placed fourth. The varsity eight was the petite final runner-up, clinching a sixth-place overall result.
The Falcons finished second in the team standings at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships, featuring a remarkable rally in the varsity eight race en route to a second-place finish. The SPU varsity four also notched a second-place result.
That NCAA qualification came a year after the disappointment of a snub by the national committee in 2021. The NCAA Championships field was reduced to four teams due to the pandemic and the Falcons were not invited to participate despite a No. 2 national ranking in the coaches poll.
SPU had a stellar 2021 campaign in McClain's inaugural season. The team twice battle eventual national champion Central Oklahoma in the Falcon Regatta on March 27 on the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The Falcons four won the first matchup, becoming the only Division II boat to beat UCO in that category. The Bronchos won the rematch. Both teams outraced Western Washington.
In the varsity eight event, the Falcons finished within one second of Central Oklahoma in both races and best WWU twice.
SPU registered runner-up results across the board at the initial GNAC Championships, placing second in the team, varsity eight and varsity four categories.
A former Loyola Marymount standout rower, McClain served 15 years at the helm of the Holy Names Academy program. She was hired as the women's rowing coach at Seattle Pacific University on August 6, 2020.
McClain, 39, remains in Seattle where she has resided since 2005 while working at her alma mater, Holy Names, from where she graduated in 2001. She brings a wealth of rowing experience to SPU, including competitive stints at HNA and Loyola Marymount along with national coaching duties with USRowing.
She served as the women's lead coach for the 2021 Under-19 National Team, which competed in August at the 2021 World Rowing Junior Championships in Bulgaria. She previously served as an assistant coach for the Under-19 women's national team in 2014 and then was promoted to CanAmMex coach in 2016 and the junior world championships coach in 2019.
“I could not be more excited to welcome Coach McClain to the Seattle Pacific Falcon community. Throughout this interview process Caitlin was able to articulate a deep passion for the sport of rowing, for the Seattle rowing community, and most importantly for the development of the young women in her program," SPU athletic director Jackson Stava said at the time of her hiring.
"I am convinced that her missional alignment with our institutional and department values, coupled with her proven track record of success on the water, will lead to great results and success for Seattle Pacific Rowing.”
A 2005 Loyola Marymount graduate with bachelor’s degrees in political science and urban studies, McClain continued her education at Seattle University to complete a master's of education in student development administration in 2010. She served as a graduate assistant for student-athlete support at Seattle University during the 2008-09 academic year.
McClain is a USRowing Level 2 coach and is currently undergoing the next round of prestigious Level 3 Coaching Certification that will be completed in December. The program, sponsored by USRowing, is designed to enhance the capabilities of already experienced head and pre-elite coaches.
While coaching at Holy Names, she also served from 2005-11 as the business and events manager for the Lake Union Crew.
"I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Falcon family as the head women's rowing coach," exclaimed McClain in 2020. "Coaching high school in the Northwest for over 15 years, I’ve always been aware of Seattle Pacific University's high reputation. The recent growth of the crew program has only strengthened that impression. The more I've learned about SPU, the more strongly I've felt that my personal and professional philosophy align with the mission of the university.
"I’ve always attended and worked in faith-based institutions and I think the values that guide a community really strengthen the work being done in each part of it. Certainly, in rowing, the idea that one is a part of something greater than themselves is complementary to the teamwork necessitated by the sport. I see myself as a facilitator of athlete's goals and can't wait to get started on the next chapter. Go Falcons!"
McClain built a regional high school rowing power and made Holy Names a major player at the national level. Her Cougars crews accumulated 10 medals and won national championships in 2015 and 2017 at the junior club regatta. They finished atop the team points standings on three occasions at the Northwest regionals.
Holy Names qualified for the USRowing youth national championship event every year since 2007, medaling 10 times.
McClain developed 70 athletes that went on to compete for NCAA rowing programs.
"I am profoundly grateful for the Holy Names Academy community that has supported and shaped me over the years," she said. "I would not be the person or coach I am without the people I've had the privilege to work with, especially the student-athletes."
As a competitor, McClain earned three varsity letters at Holy Names and captained the team her final two years, in 2000 and 2001. She helped the Cougars' varsity four crew to a silver medal at the nationals her senior season.
Her rowing career continued at Loyola Marymount where she occupied the stroke seat of the varsity eight for every race as a freshman. The Lions thrived during her four seasons, reaping titles at the West Coast Conference, WIRA and San Diego Crew Classic regattas.
Individually, she garnered numerous All-WCC honors along with awards to recognize her academic achievements from CoSIDA and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
At Seattle Pacific, McClain replaced Andrew Derrick, who served four seasons from 2017 through 2020 before accepting the head coaching position at Gonzaga.
Co-Director Amy Hildebrandt
Amy Hildebrandt enters her third season at Seattle Pacific having joined Coach Andrew Derrick’s staff February of 2017.View Amy's Bio ⟩
This year she adds the title of Intramurals Coordinator to her duties as she will oversee athletic competition opportunities four the entire campus .
Amy was a four year student athlete at Pacific Lutheran University from 2001- 2004. She made the varsity squad the spring of her freshman year and was fortunate enough to be part of the squad that raced at the NCAA Division II national championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Coach Hildebrandt graduated from PLU in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.
Amy returned to Pacific Lutheran to coach for two seasons. In 2008, she headed to Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. to pursue her Master’s degree in sports psychology eventually switching to clinical exercise physiology.
While at Springfield, she coached the club rowing team for two years and rowed at Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. She left Springfield after three years to head back to Seattle joining the Lake Washington Rowing Club in 2012. She coached Learn to Row and helped start the Mixed Masters team.
Amy went back to school in 2014 and received her Master’s degree in exercise physiology from California University of Pennsylvania. During her studies, she also became a certified personal trainer.
Amy continues to enjoy her role coaching, rowing and competing at LWRC in addition to her duties at Seattle Pacific.
Co-Director Matt Oclander
Oclander has been an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University since the Fall of 2019.View Matt's Bio ⟩
While at SPU, he has developed rowers from their first strokes on the water to be a part of crews that have gone to the NCAA Championships, as well as multiple conference (GNAC ) and regional (WIRA) victories.
Prior to 2019, Oclander spent two years as the men's head coach at OKC Riversport, culminating in multiple Central Regional youth championships and a silver medal at the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.
During the 2016-2017 season, Oclander coached for the Seattle University women’s rowing team, ending the year with a WIRA victory in the Novice 8+.
Other coaching stops have included Bothell High School, Lake Washington Rowing Club, Green Lake Crew, Resilient Rowing Club, and Northern Virginia Rowing Club. His rowing career began on the Occoquan River at West Springfield High School, and after that, he rowed and was a captain at Seattle Pacific University. A 2016 graduate of the School of Business, Government, and Economics with a degree in International Affairs, Matthew was involved with SPU’s Advisory Council, Political Union, and KSPU Radio Station.
When the megaphone isn't in-hand, Oclander is honing his craft as a boatman, repairing and maintaining shells and such of all kinds at SPU and beyond. He is a USRowing Level 3 certified coach and is the head youth coach for the Renton Rowing Center.
2023 CAMP DATES
- July 31-August 4
Camp will focus on sweep rowing and is open to any and all entrants. Camp is designed for rowers that are learning to row and for those who are experienced high school-aged girls with competitive rowing experience.
We offer Overnight and Day (8:30am-4:00pm) camps for girls with at least 1 season of experience on the water.
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 II 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. Camp is intended for rowers and not coxswains.
- Elite Performance Camp
- Ages: 13-18
- Skill Levels: open to any and all entrants ranging from new learning to row-campers and those who are experienced high school-aged girls with competitive rowing experience
- Check-In: Overnight campers Monday between 12:00pm-2:00pm, look for signs to direct you. Day Campers check-in at 1:00pm.
- Check-out: All campers check-out on Friday at 12:00pm
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-4:00pm, Thursday: 8:30am-11:30am
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily workouts, 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
- Shirts and Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Sports Camp shirt
- Overnight Campers: All meals are included, start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
- Day Campers: Lunch is included Tuesday-Thursday
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
- Ratio: 8:1 camper to coach ratio
- Equipment Needed: seat pad, water bottle, sunscreen
- Facility: Campers will utilize the SPU Shellhouse 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
- Dorm: TBD
- 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 Clemson campus is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The airport is approximately 25 minutes from SPU's campus.
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.
*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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Breakfast
- 8:00 AM Depart for first workout
- 11:30 AM Return from workout
- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Depart for second workout, lecture, row
- 5:00 PM Return from workout
- 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner
- 9:00 PM Evening activities with counselors
- 10:00 PM Lights out
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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.