Nike Cross Country Camp West Chester University
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
The goal of the Nike Cross Country Camp at West Chester University is to educate young athletes in the fundamentals of cross country while giving them a sense of what it is like to compete at the collegiate level. This camp offers expert coaching and instruction from college coaches and student-athletes, as well as the opportunity to experience a variety of training concepts.
Classroom lectures on current running issues include exercise physiology, aqua running, plyometrics, strength training, injury prevention, establishing goals, visualizing success, racing tactics, training shoe and racing spike selection, training technique and nutrition.
*This is not a West Chester University-affiliated event.
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- Outstanding venue with excellent facilities
- Top-notch training under college level coaches
- Individual and group instruction
- Camp open to ages 12-18
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Camp Director Jason Kilgore
Jason Kilgore is the director of track & field and cross country programs at West Chester University.View Jason's Bio ⟩
In 2014, both the men's and women's programs scored more points at the PSAC meet, with the men moving up to finish sixth at the PSAC Outdoor championship meet. 2014 saw nine new school records established, five NCAA provisional qualifying marks and countless new additions to the WCU all time Top 10 list.
Kilgore, a 2005 graduate of West Chester University, returns to his Alma mater after three seasons at Alvernia University where he was the head track & field and cross country coach. Kilgore headed up West Chester’s women’s track & field and cross country team from 2006-08, before leaving to become an assistant at Lafayette College for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
During his previous tenure at West Chester University, Kilgore coached seven All-Americans, 22 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions, 24 NCAA Division II provisional qualifiers, 65 All-PSAC student-athletes and three PSAC record holders. Kilgore was instrumental in the development of Eric Broadbent, who later went on to a pro career in track & field as a multi-event performer.
While at Alvernia, Kilgore oversaw the program’s first All-American, five NCAA Division III qualifiers, 13 Middle Atlantic Conference champions and helped both cross country squads earn their best conference finishes since joining the MAC.
As an assistant track and field coach at Division I Lafayette College, Kilgore was responsible for the creation and implementation of the training programs for sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He coached nine Patriot League champions, five All-East honorees, eight school records and 18 All-Patriot League honorees.
Kilgore received his bachelor’s of science degree from West Chester University in Kinesiology, with a minor in Athletic Coaching and Special Education. He earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. He holds a USATF Level 2 certification in sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays while also earning USTFCCCA Specialist certifications in jumps and sprints/hurdles.
Assistant Coach Pat Mosley
Pat Mosley joined the West Chester staff in 2004-05 as the team’s throws coach. She owns USA Track & Field Level 1 and 2 Certifications as well as a USTFCCCA Throws Coach Event Specialist. Her coaching career spans twenty years.View Pat Mosley's Bio ⟩
Before coming to West Chester University, Mosley was the head girls track & field/cross country coach at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA. During her high school coaching career, multiple athletes medaled at the PIAA District I Track and Field championships and competed at the PIAA state meet.
In her first year at West Chester, Mosley coached standout thrower Nicole James to All-American honors at both the NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in the shot put and discus. She also coached a third place finish by athlete Shane Neal in the javelin at the 2007 Outdoor National Championships. Over the years, while coaching at West Chester, she has coached two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s shot put champions and a discus champion along with multiple Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifiers in shot put, discus, hammer, weight throw and javelin.
A native of Lincoln University, PA and a graduate of Oxford Area High School, Mosley received her undergraduate degree in Education from West Chester University and a Masters in Counseling from Immaculata University.
Assistant Coach Nate Kennedy
Coach Kennedy serves as the sprints & middle distance coach at WCU. A 2008 graduate of West Chester University, Kennedy returned to his Alma mater in 2013 as an assistant track & field coach.View Nate Kennedy's Bio ⟩
In his first year as a WCU coach, Kennedy mentored an NCAA All-American in the long jump before moving to his area of expertise in the sprints at the beginning of his second year.
With coaching stops at Alvernia University, Owen J. Roberts High School, Fleetwood High School, and the Glen Mills School, Coach Kennedy has a wide variety of experience in many event groups.
A native of Mohnton, Pa, and a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, Kennedy received his undergraduate degree in Health & Physical Education from West Chester University. He is also a certified USTFCCCA sprints/hurdles/relays coach, as well as a certified strength & conditioning specialist.
Assistant Coach Ryan McCauley
Ryan McCauley joined the WCU staff in the fall of 2013 to coach the Golden Rams’ pole vaulters and to assist with the multi-event athletes. In his first year with the program, his athletes were responsible for one new school record, one tied school record, four PSAC Championship qualifications, and one NCAA Provisional qualification.View Ryan McCauley's Bio ⟩
Each pole vaulter and multi-event athlete achieved a personal best in 2013-2014.
McCauley spent his freshman year at West Chester under the guidance of Head Coach Jason Kilgore before transferring to Millersville University and competing for two additional years. During his final year at Millersville he served as a volunteer pole vault coach and had one PSAC qualifier and assisted with one NCAA Provisional qualifier. At the same time, McCauley coached the long jump, triple jump, and high jump at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pa, and was responsible for five Lancaster-Lebanon League qualifiers and two PIAA District III qualifiers. McCauley also spent the 2012-2013 season coaching pole vault at Temple University.
A native of Wallingford, Pa, McCauley graduated from Strath Haven High School, and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Millersville University, as well as Level I Certification from USA Track & Field.
In addition to running, this camp camp focuses on supplementary exercises to keep distance runners strong, flexible, and healthy. There are morning and evening work outs, each 2-2.5 hours. Our afternoon session is reserved for guest speakers & weight room work-outs (if available).
2019 SESSION INFORMATION
Check-in: Sunday, July 7th between 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the residence hall. Day Campers arrive between 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Check-out: Wednesday, July 10th between 2:00-4:00 p.m. from the residence hall.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Evaluation: by coaching staff
Facility: West Chester University track stadium & cross country trails
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp and within limits of the room.
Bathrooms: on every floor
Linens: not provided
Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
Key Deposit: No room key deposit is required at check-in however if the camper loses their key there will be a room key charge of $35.
Spending Money: $45
Medical Facility: athletic trainer is on-site
Closest Airport: Philadelphia International Airport (30-45 min)
Transportation: not provided
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake up & breakfast
- 9:00am Morning workout
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm Interactive lecture or workout
- 3:30pm Free time
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:00pm Evening run
- 9:00pm Group organize activities, free time & guest speakers
- 10:30pm Lights out!
Located just outside of Philadelphia, West Chester University provides a convenient, top-notch location for camp this summer. Overnight campers reside in the campus dormitories where staff and resident advisors supervise campers overnight. Campers have several options for training, including the track at John A. Farrell Stadium, the wooded trails of the Gordon Natural Preserve, and the rural roads of WCU’s South Campus.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
The workouts were hard, but not unreasonable
July 13, 2018: I enjoyed the whole camp! It was so cool learning from college coaches and athletes! It was also really nice getting to run with people who were athletes at my level! The workouts were hard, but not unreasonable! The coaches were genuinely passionate about running and encouraging! I liked talking about nutrition and running mentality! It was really interesting learning about and talking about running and things related to running!!!
— Delaney D. Camper
He really enjoyed the runs
July 12, 2018: My son really enjoyed the classroom setting of learning about running. He enjoyed running with the older kids & learning what he needs to do to better himself. He really enjoyed the runs.
— Angelique B. Parent
Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed camp
July 13, 2018: Staying in the dormitories gave her the sense of what living on campus, during college is like and she loved that she received personal feedback from the coaches. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed camp and wished it was longer. she wanted to do a little more running to apply what she learned and to get feedback.
— Joyce M. Parent
I really like the coaches and the atmosphere that was provided. I also learned many exercises and information.
— Sydney S., West Chester University Camper 2017
She enjoyed every workout and said she learned a lot about her favorite sport all while having a great time with her friends.
— Lisa C., Parent of Camper 2017
Overall a good camp with a good balance between level of intensity and level of fitness. The coaches were very passionate about what they do and you could tell they really took an interest in every camper. I would definitely reccomend this camp to anyone looking to boost their confidence and ability.
— Leonard G., West Chester University Camper
Definitely would recommend this camp. Teens on any running level would enjoy the instruction along with the new friendships.
— Justin G., West Chester University Camper
The workouts were great and it was really cool to see what running at the college level would be like.
— Holly M., West Chester University Camper
Best coaches to offer
If you enjoy running cross country or track and field, this camp is the right fit for you. The camp offers countless ways to improve your abilities, and has the best coaches to offer. The camp will help understand where you are as a runner/fielder, and where you hope to be, guaranteed.
— Mandy W., West Chester University Camper
I would definitely come back!
This camp was a great experience. The coaches and counselors were very attentive and helped teach new techniques. It was a fun time and I would definitely come back!
— Patrick H., West Chester University Camper
Learned new techniques
Had a great experience - will definitely come back again! Both the staff and the other campers were super friendly, and I learned a lot of good techniques that I can't wait to apply next track season!
— Ryan R., West Chester University Camper '16
Fun and challenging
I liked this camp because it was a lot of hard work. I had a lot of fun with the coaches and staff there. The food was also very good and there were plenty of options for vegetarians or even vegans. Overall this camp was fun but hard.
— Logan O., West Chester University Camper
Memorable and growth oriented
I applaud the Nike Running Camp for their ability to differentiate between the various ability levels of runners while ensuring a magnificent learning and growth experience for each child. I have two boys, one who is an advanced runner and the other who just began running this year, they both loved it! Thank you Nike for making camp memorable and growth oriented regardless of skill level.
— Gina M., Parent of West Chester University Camper '16
Great guest speakers
I was definitely in better shape by the end, which was great. Also the counselors got us out of the really bad thunderstorm quickly. I felt really safe at camp. Also it was really cool to meet a bunch of kids who share the same interests as me, so I'm glad the nike camp made that possible. Also, I learned a lot from the speakers. They were great.
— Gabriel V., West Chester University Camper
No individual coaching/feedback
Advanced runners attending are doing so in order to get better. Individual coaching and feedback is crucial. Unfortunately that component didn't exist
— Patricia J., Parent of West Chester University Camper '16
Option to have private room
My roommate turned out to be horrible. She wanted to share my clothes, she tried on my shoes, she took my snacks. She would not share room in the bathroom or vanity for toiletries. She had a complete fit if I took a shower before her.
— Miranda S., West Chester University Camper '16
Get better as an athlete
This Nike running camp in West Chester, PA is a fun and educational running camp that helps you get in shape and meet other fellow runners that have the same passion as you. i would recommend this camp to anyone who loves to run and is looking to get better as a athlete
— Shaun L., West Chester University Camper '16