Nike Softball Camp Fairfield University
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At the Fairfield University Nike Softball Camp players have the opportunity to receive instruction from some of the finest instructors in the Northeast. Come join the fun at one of our biggest locations!
Our goal is to stimulate the passion for softball in young players, provide them time to work on their offensive and defensive skills, improve their technique, and have a blast while doing it!
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
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- Great NIKE Prizes
- NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Julie Brzezinski
Julie Brzezinski is in her 20th season as Fairfield University's head softball coach, having taken over the program in the spring of 1998. During her time at the helm, the Stags averaged 28 wins per season, advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament 17 times, and posted 12 winning campaigns.View Julie Brzezinski's Bio ⟩
In 2015, she led Fairfield to its second MAAC championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament bid.
The Stags captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title in six of the last ten seasons. She was named MAAC coach of the year in 2011, the third time she collected that honor (2002, 2004).
The New Jersey native is the fifth head coach in Fairfield University softball history. Before her arrival, the school record for wins in a season was 29, a total she has equaled or surpassed nine times in 18 campaigns. Brzezinski owns a 496-458-5 record at Fairfield, which includes this year’s 25-22 slate. She earned her 300th Fairfield victory in a win against Siena during the 2008 season (April 5) and her 400th victory against Youngstown State.
Overall, her 600th career win came at home against Siena during the 2010 season. Her 500th career win was against Long Island University in March 2006. Her 400th win came against Bucknell, a 7-2 decision during the team’s Florida trip in the 2003 season. Brzezinski’s 300th career win came in the 2000 regular-season finale, a 2-1 victory over Princeton.
Brzezinski came to Fairfield with eight years experience, coaching at Campbell University in North Carolina. Brzezinski led the Fighting Camels to two Big South Conference championships (1993 and 1994), one Trans-Atlantic Conference title (1995), and one TAAC runner-up finish (1996). Campbell advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament during her tenure. She registered a 245-195 record in her eight years
Brzezinski graduated from Furman University in 1989, earning a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.
She received her master’s of education from Campbell in 1992. She played softball for four seasons while at Furman.
Assistant Coach Kathy McLaughlin
Kathy McLaughlin enters her fourth season with the program, her first as the assistant coach. McLaughlin spent the previous two years on the staff as the program's graduate assistant. Prior toView Kathy McLaughlin's Bio ⟩
Kathy McLaughlin enters her fourth season with the program, her first as the assistant coach. McLaughlin spent the previous two years on the staff as the program's graduate assistant.
Prior to joining the Friars, McLaughlin enjoyed an impressive four-year playing career at the University of Maryland. McLaughlin started at shortstop for the Terrapins in 210 of her 215 career appearances. During her tenure, she recorded a .300 career batting average, which is currently No. 7 in the Maryland record books. She also led the ACC in overall batting average in 2012 (.385) and batting average in conference games only (.460).
In her final season on the diamond (2012), McLaughlin earned First-Team All-ACC honors. Her .385 batting average in 2012 is the third-best single season average in Terrapin history and her 42 runs that season are fourth-best in school history. McLaughlin is tied for first on the Terps' career triples list and she also leads the team in singles and triples as a sophomore. In 2010, she was named to the ACC's Academic Honor Roll. As a freshman, McLaughlin played in 45 games, posted a .287 batting average and finished first on the team in doubles and triples.
Prior to her arrival at Maryland, McLaughlin was a three-time All-Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) Conference nominee and the Seton Keough Athlete of the Year in 2007. Her team won the IAAM `A' Conference championship. As a senior, she earned Second Team All-Metro honors from the Baltimore Sun and was a three-time All-City selection. At Seton Keough, she also played basketball and soccer.
A native of Baltimore, Md., McLaughlin is the daughter of Jim and Maureen McLaughlin and has one sibling, Kiel. She recently earned a masters degree in counseling from Providence College in May 2014.
Coach Allison Wigand
Allison Wigand was named head coach of the Mitchell College softball team in January 2015. Wigand will make her collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners. The former Division I third basemanView Allison Wigand's Bio ⟩
Allison Wigand was named head coach of the Mitchell College softball team in January 2015.
Wigand will make her collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners. The former Division I third baseman will draw from her experiences as both a player and clinician while heading the Mitchell program.
Wigand previously worked in the athletic department at Providence College where she gained valuable experience in multiple areas of athletic administration, as well as serving in a support role for the softball program. She then accepted a position at Bryant University and worked specifically in the area of recruiting for the college.
In addition, Wigand has served in multiple roles throughout the years as a softball camp clinician and instructor at prominent area camps. She has instructed various ages and levels of softball ability and formed connections with numerous high school and college coaches from all divisions around the country.
"We are extremely excited for Allison to join our Mitchell family," said AD Maureen White. "We feel that her softball background and knowledge will bolster the competiveness of the program on the field, and her experience as a college recruiter will add tremendously to our recruiting efforts."
Wigand was a four-year letterwinner on the softball team at Fairfield University where she started all but three of 202 career games. As a senior in 2012, she batted .322 in the regular season and drove in a team-high 35 runs en route to earning all-conference first team honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She was also a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team in 2012.
During Wigand's career at Fairfield, the Stags posted 107 victories and went 43-21 in league play while winning a pair of MACC regular season titles (2009, 2011). The squad qualified for the MAAC Championship three times during her tenure and advanced to the title round in both 2011 and 2012.
A native of Oceanside, N.Y., Wigand was a four-year starter on both the softball and women's soccer teams at Oceanside High School. As a senior she led the softball team to the Nassau County championship for the first time in more than a decade.
Wigand graduated from Fairfield in 2012 with a degree in mathematics and completed her MBA at Providence College in 2014.
The Nike Softball Camp at Fairfield University covers all facets of the game - hitting, fielding and base-running. Campers will receive numerous hours of drill time as well as game play daily.
Note: Swim breaks are offered in the evenings for Overnight Campers Only.Show Less See More Camp Details
Overnight Campers: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Fairfiled University Dorms
Day campers: 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Fairfiled University Dorms
Orientation will be at 4 p.m. and then dinner will be at 5 p.m. There will then be an evening session at 6 p.m. Day Campers will depart at 9 p.m.
Check-out time and place TBD.
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 require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Includes all softball and night activities, all meals from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on Thursday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
Includes all softball and activities Sunday through Thursday. Day campers will be served dinner on Sunday, lunch Monday - Wednesday. Day campers will be picked up at 4:00 p.m. each day aside from Sunday at 8 p.m. and Thursday when camp ends at 12:00 p.m.(dinner is included on Sunday)
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:15 a.m. Breakfast (overnight campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Camp Assembly - Day campers arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Circuit Training/Station Work
- 11:00 a.m. Games/Contests
- 11:30 a.m. Break for Lunch
- 1:15 p.m. Warm Up/Camp Assembly
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 3:15 p.m. Team Organization
- 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart/Extra Help (Except Sunday)
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up/Stretch
- 6:30 p.m. Swim Break/Evening Activites
- 10:00 p.m. In Dorms
- 10:30 p.m. Lights Out
Fairfield University, a lovely private school in suburban Fairfield just one hour from New York City, returns again as host for the Nike Softball Camp. The camp gives players of all ability levels a challenging but fun week of softball play and competition. Daily instruction takes place at Alumni Softball Field and the University’s Baseball Field.
The NIKE Softball Camp at Fairfield University gives campers the opportunity to train at the Alumni Softball Field. The field has two field-level dugouts, a bullpen in left field, and a fully-functional scoreboard. The field dimensions are 200 feet down the base lines and 225 in center field. Fans can watch the action from bleacher seating located on the first base line as well as on the grassy hill that runs from right field into center field.
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Enjoyed all of the softball tips
July 21, 2017: My daughter had a great experience at the camp. She enjoyed all the softball tips and really enjoyed herself.
— Rachel L. Parent
Absolutely loved the experience
July 15, 2017: My daughter made friends with other campers & frelt like she made personal friends with her "buddy" & team coach. They staff helped to strengthen her love of the game & encouraged her to keep working hard. She absolutely LOVED her experience.
— Kelly F. Parent
Able to learn a lot more about the game
July 14, 2017: She gained a lot of fielding experience and certainly learned more about the game...rules, expectations, etc. I think batting expertise practice was too minimal however. The option to use the pool mid-day was wonderful and appreciated.
— Erin M. Parent
The team coaches were great!
"The team coaches were great. They kept everyone laughing and into the game, as well as provided instruction during the game which was amazing!!"
— Overnight Camper
My daughter thrived at the NIKE Softball Camp at Fairfield University!
"The camp was wonderful for my daughter. She THRIVES there and loves to play her hardest with the coaches - they are excellent. As a parent I felt so happy to be met upon arrival with happy and confident faces being the role models for young women. Her confidence has improved too! Thank you all so much."
I hope to go back every year
"The camp was very well-planned out and had a good program. The times to wakeup eat and play were reasonable and the instructors knew exactly what they were doing and taught the campers in an easy-to-understand way. I hope to go back every year!"
— Overnight Camper
The NIKE camp at Fairfield was amazing!
"The NIKE camp at Fairfield was AMAZING! The camp far exceeded our expectations and I will recommend several of the conditioning drills to my Varsity coach so my High School team can benefit from them as well. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE!"
— Overnight Camper
Taught my daughter softball and about being a fine young lady
"I cannot put into words the experience my daughter gained from going to the camp. She not only learned skills in softball but how to be a better young lady. The morals and values the staff brought to the camp were extraordinary. We looked at sending her to another camp and decided on the NIKE Camp for convenience and I am so glad we did. She was going to be a day camper but when we got there she saw some friends and we were able to change her to be an overnight camper. I will highly recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in gaining skills and personal growth. We look forward to next year!!"
"My daughter came home from camp telling us about all these new drills she learned. These drills were creative and helped her learn the correct techniques. We will definitely be sending her back to this camp next year."
My daughter felt like she became a better player
It was an awesome camp. My daughter learned a lot and felt like she became a better player. She also had lots of fun and made some friends.
Overall was an enjoyable experience
My daughter enjoyed the whole experience, but when we chose the camp I did ask if they would have a chance to focus on the position they would like to improve on and unfortunately she was looking to improve her pitching skills but she did not really do any pitching work while at camp as far as we can tell from what she had told us after camp.
This camp was an unforgettable experience for my daughter
My daughter had an experience that se would never forget and can't wait to come back next year.
The staff was fantastic
my entire experience was fantastic; the staff were all great and helpful and meeting new friends was awesome.
My daughter came back confident
"My daughter came back confident and excited to show me her new technique for fielding grounders and fly balls. I saw an improvement. She also now has ability and confidence to slide. Also she enjoyed learning new drills and liked the assessment at the end because it has given her goals to improve upon."