Nike Softball Camp Millikin University
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Nike Softball Camps is thrilled to be offering a camp at Millikin University this summer! With world-class facilities and an amazing coaching staff directed by Co-Head Coaches Katie Tenboer and Whitney Sowers, campers are guaranteed to improve their fielding, hitting, base-running skills and enhance their knowledge of the game, all while having an amazing time and making new friends.
- Professional instruction from the Millikin coaching staff and players
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and prizes
- Nike Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
- Receive Personalized Hitting and Pitching Feedback through the latest technology with Rapsodo
- Advanced Hand/Eye Training with Eye on Ball and SlowTheGameDown techniques
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CO-HEAD COACH Katie Tenboer
Katie Tenboer was named the Millikin Head Softball Coach in 2015. Tenboer was joined her former assistant coach Whitney Sowers as Co-Head Coach prior to the 2018 season. In addition to coaching softball, Tenboer will work with Millikin's Office of Admission.View Katie's Bio ⟩
In her second season leading the Big Blue program, Tenboer led Millikin to a 32-12 record and a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Regular Season Championship in 2017. The Big Blue posted a 14-2 conference record earning Tenboer and Assistant Coach Whitney Sowers the CCIW Softball Coaching Staff of the Year Award. Playing in first season at the Workman Family Softball Field, the Big Blue posted an impressive 14-0 home regular season record. In 2018, Millikin posted a 22-14 record.
Tenboer was a standout collegiate infielder at NCAA Division III powerhouse Central College in Iowa. She was named an NFCA All-American in 2010 and 2011 and was the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Position Player of the Year in 2010.
At Central, Tenboer played under Head Coach George Wares, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division III history with over with over 1,000 career victories. Tenboer started all 176 games in her career helping Central to a 129-47 record winning two conference championships and advancing to the NCAA Tournament three times. In 2010 Tenboer hit .381 with 40 RBIs and eight homeruns. As a senior, Tenboer hit a team high .414 with a then school record 48 RBIs, 11 doubles, and seven homeruns leading her team to a conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth. Tenboer had 159 hits during her time at Central with a .340 career batting average. She is number two all-time at Central in career homeruns with 21 and career RBIs with 140.
Tenboer coaching experience has been on both the collegiate and youth softball level. In 2012-13 she served as the Offseason Pitching Coach for Central College and she has worked at Central’s Summer Softball Camps for five seasons.
Tenboer has been a successful head coach for two youth travel teams. She led the 12U team, the Iowa Adrenaline, in Pella, Iowa and then was the head coach for the nationally recognized 14U Quad City Firebirds where she compiled a 52-15 record and a seventh place National Tournament finish in 2014.
Tenboer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art-Graphic Design at Central College in 2011 where she was a Presidential Scholar. She is currently completing her Masters of Organizational Leadership in Higher Education at St. Ambrose University.
CO-HEAD COACH Whitney Sowers
After joining the Millikin staff in 2015 as an assistant coach, Whitney Sowers was promoted to Co-Head Softball Coach in January 2018.View Whitney's Bio ⟩
In their second season with the Big Blue program, Sowers and Co-Head Coach Katie Tenboer led Millikin to a 32-12 record and a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Regular Season Championship in 2017. The Big Blue posted a 14-2 conference record earning Tenboer and Sowers the CCIW Softball Coaching Staff of the Year Award. Playing in first season at the Workman Family Softball Field, the Big Blue posted an impressive 14-0 home regular season record. In 2018, Millikin posted a 22-14 record.
Sowers played collegiate at NCAA Division III softball powerhouse Central College where she was a four year starter and had a .390 career batting average. She earned All-Conference recognition in all four years. Sowers helped Central to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. While at Central, Sowers played for Head Coach George Wares, the winningest coach in NCAA Division III history.
“Whitney exemplified what a "team player" is,” said Wares. “She demonstrated leadership by her actions. Whether in a game setting or practice Whitney played the game with a passion. The type of player that you wanted the ball hit to for your last out, and the player you wanted at the plate when the game was on the line. That is something I am sure she will pass on to the women she gets the opportunity to coach at Millikin.”
Sowers was a member of Central’s Student Athlete Advisory Council and was selected as a representative to the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference in 2014 and the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Leadership Conference in 2013.
Sowers graduated from Central College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2015.
COACH Martin Stupek
Martin Stupek joined the Millikin softball staff in 2018 serving as a volunteer assistant coach. Stupek will be working with the Millikin hittersView Martin's Bio ⟩
Stupek has significant experience as both a fastpitch softball coach and player. Stupek served as the head coach at Argenta Oreana High School from 2010-2016. He has seven years of coaching experience at the travel softball level. As a player, Stupek starred for seven seasons with the Bloomington Hearts with a career .340 average.
He was named to the ASA All-American First Team as an outfielder at the 1988 ASA Men’s Major Softball National Tournament. He was a First Team selection at the 1989 ISC Men’s Major Softball World Tournament. Stupek was member of the 1989 Silver Medal winning team at the 1989 Olympic Festival.
Stupek is a member of the Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was four-year letter winner in football and track and field for the Big Blue. During his career, he held several kicking and punting average. He still hold the Big Blue record for punting average in a game at 49 yards. Stupek set a new pole vault record during his track and field career.
Stupek graduated from Millikin in 1983 with a degree in Management of Information Systems. He retired from State Farm Insurance in 2018. Martin is married to Nancy Stupek and has two daughters Alexandra and Rachel.
2019 Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level. Overnight camp is only available for campers aged 13+.
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Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: june 23-26
- Check-in: Sunday June 23rd at TBD. for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at TBD Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: TBD
What's included in the fee?
- Daily softball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch is provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision, and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Nike Lanyard: All campers receive a Nike Softball Camp t-shirt and Nike Lanyard.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Players Grouped by: age and ability
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own glove, cleats, bat and a helmet and wear softball attire (softball pants recommended)
- Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities available during inclement weather conditions.
- Medical Protocol: In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
- Dorm: Dolson dorm.
- Campers Per Room: 2 (unless otherwise noted in registration packet)
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be 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!
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: Yes.
Nike Softball Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service.
If you have a group of campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
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 in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 9:00 a.m. All Day Campers Arrive/ Warm Up/ Practice
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Chalk Talks/ Warm Up/ Throwing Progression
- 2:15 p.m. Individual Defense, Competition
- 4:00 p.m. Day campers depart
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up
- 6:30 p.m. Extra Reps or team competitions
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out
390 North Oakland Avenue.
The Workman Family Softball Field is the new home for the Big Blue softball program starting in 2017