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The NIKE Softball Camp are thrilled to have back as its camp director, Robin Pennoyer this summer.
Coach Pennoyer is a seasoned NIKE Camp director and has run camp both in the United States and around the world. Robin was also inducted into the the Greater UTICA Hall of Fame class of 2015.
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Softball Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE prizes
- NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Robin Bumpus Penoyer
Coach Penoyer has sent numerous pitchers to college at all levels of play DI, DII, and DIII as well as Jr. Colleges.View Robin Bumpus Penoyer's Bio ⟩
Currently serving as an Assistant Coach at Onondaga, Penoyer coached at Clinton Central School Corporation, where she was the starting point for coaches beginning to teach fastpitch pitching as a unit in the physical educational setting. In the spring of 2015, she took over as Interim Head Coach at Colby College. Then in February of 2015 headed to Italy to coach the Thunders of Castelfranco Venito, Italy alongside the legendary Adriano Morabito. Penoyer has also been coaching the New York Storm softball team for over 20 years.
Penoyer is respected in the softball community as she has been invited to speak at numerous colleges and camps. Her speaking engagements include:
Diamond in the Mines Camp - Beckley, WV 2014
East Coast Softball Association - Carolina Beach, NC 2014
Central Michigan University Softball Winter Clinics 2012 (working with legendary DI coach Margo Yonker)
Kutztown University 2012 Recruiting Showcase (working with legendary DII coach Judy Lawes)
Kutztown University Christmas Camp 2011
Netherlands, Herkimer C.C. winter clinic 2011,
Swarthmore Seminar on Softball 2005
Kutztown University 1994-present (camps and clinics)
Storm Summer Softball Teams/Camps (ASA Sanctioned)
Players Choice (New Hartford Shopping Center) Individual Lessons
New York State Public High School Athletic Association Annual Coaches Clinic 2008
National Fastpitch Coaches Association 3.5 Star Master Coach
Penoyer played with the Professional Fastpitch Extreme Tour in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In addition, she played with the Twin City Jammers, Topton Vips, Allentown Pates, Pennsylvania Clippers all ASA Major Teams. During her stint she had many tournament Championship accolades with no-hitters and perfect games.
In 1996 Penoyer was inducted into the University of Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame. She is also in the Johnstown Sports Hall of Fame and in 2015 was inducted into the Greater UTICA Hall of Fame. In addition she has collected awards from N.O.W. Trailblazer, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated.
Penoyer interned at the National Sports Center, Blaine MN. (Helping run in every aspect the 1992 USA CUP and Olympic Cycling Trials)
She is currently a New York EMT.
Coach Sarah Rosenbarker
Highschool: Participated in Softball and Soccer at Maine-Endwell High School from 2006-2010 Softball Awards: All division Catcher Award 2006-2010 Section 4 Class A Champions 2006-2009 NY StateView Sarah Rosenbarker's Bio ⟩
Highschool: Participated in Softball and Soccer at Maine-Endwell High School from 2006-2010
Softball Awards: All division Catcher Award 2006-2010
Section 4 Class A Champions 2006-2009
NY State Tournament Quarter finalists 2009
Team Captain 2009,2010
Honor Role/All Academic Team 2006-2010
Kinesiology Major/Coaching Minor
Catcher/1st basemen at SUNY Brockport
All Academic Team Selection Spring 2013
Won division championship 2013
Team Captain 2014
Other Experience: Played for the Conklin Raiders 18u travel softball team 2008-2009
Coached Girls Modified Basketball at Brockport Middle School
Gave hitting lessons to children ages 10-18 at Raleigh Baseball institute in Endwell, NY from 2007-2010
Coach Jennifer Buehler
Jennifer Buehler is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Southwestern College softball program. Her primary responsibility is the development of pitchers for the Lady Builders. SinceView Jennifer Buehler's Bio ⟩
Jennifer Buehler is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Southwestern College softball program. Her primary responsibility is the development of pitchers for the Lady Builders.
Since her first season in 2008, the Southwestern pitching staff has seen nothing but improvement. The staff's team ERA against KCAC opponents has dropped from 6.68 in 2008 to 2.40 in 2012, opposing batting average dropped from a .368 in 2008 to a .251 in 2012. Both starting pitchers received All-KCAC honors in both 2011 and 2012, including a unanimous first-team selection.
Buehler attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N. J. where she was a four-year starting pitcher for the Kights. In the 2004 and
2005 seasons she led the team with 0.271 and 0.266 opposing batting averages, respectively. She graduated from FDU with a B.S. in Biology in 2005. She went on to complete her Master's of Education degree at Southwestern College in 2009.
After college Buehler continued her softball career playing in Utrecht, Holland for the UVV softball club. She set club records in strike outs, no hitters, and opposing batting average for the 2006 season.
Buehler has been actively involved with softball camps since 2003. She specializes in drill instruction to both large and small groups. Her energy and excitement is unmatched. Buehler continues to play softball in the summer months as part of the open league CNY New Hartford Legion softball team.
Coach Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones is in her first year as assistant strength & conditioning coach at Binghamton University. She works with numerous teams, including softball, men’s and women’sView Rachel Jones's Bio ⟩
Rachel Jones is in her first year as assistant strength & conditioning coach at Binghamton University. She works with numerous teams, including softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. Her focus is on the development of strength, power, speed, and agility in order to increase athletic performance. Prior to Binghamton, Jones worked with various athletes and coaches at Delta State University, the University of Delaware, and private strength facilities around the northeast. She is also beginning her first season as the assistant varsity softball coach at Union Endicott High School.
Jones played collegiate softball at the University of Delaware from 2009-2012. As a four year starting outfielder for the Blue Hens, Jones helped the team reach two CAA championship tournaments in 2011 and 2012. She was a CAA All-Rookie Team selection in 2009, won the Sportsmanship Award in 2010, is tied for the school record for most hits in a single game, and ranks among the top 20 in UD history in games played. She looks to bring her passion and energy for the game into the training of all of her athletes, so they may reach all of their goals, both on and off the field.
Jones received her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with a minor in strength & conditioning from Delaware, and has received her CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is currently completing a master’s degree in exercise science at SUNY Cortland.
Coach Abby Martin
The Oswego State Athletics Department hired Abby Martin as its first full-time softball coach in August of 2015. In her second season at the helm, Martin led the team to 17 wins, the most sinceView Abby Martin's Bio ⟩
The Oswego State Athletics Department hired Abby Martin as its first full-time softball coach in August of 2015.
In her second season at the helm, Martin led the team to 17 wins, the most since 2013. The Lakers earned a fourth-place finish at the SUNYAC Championship, following a No. 2 seed, which is the highest in the program's history. Martin also earned conference Coach of the Year honors and landed two players on the All-SUNYAC second team.
Martin came to Oswego State by way of the University of Buffalo, where she was an assistant softball coach in charge of the pitching staff. Before that, she held the same position at her alma mater Cortland, helping lead the Red Dragons all the way to the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship title game where they eventually fell to Tufts University. That same year, Martin and the rest of Cortland softball staff were selected as the NFCA DIII North East Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
Originally, Martin attended Division I Monmouth University before transferring to Cortland. In her junior year with the Red Dragons, she held a perfect 8-0 record in the circle, while batting .360 at the plate as well. Martin only improved her senior year, as she recorded a 2.58 ERA, striking out 97 batters in 84 innings. The pitcher also held a .393 batting average to go along with a team-best 18 doubles. Concluding her senior year, the Oswego, N.Y. native was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Team selection, an NFCA First Team All-American as a utility player and a Capital One Academic All-American.
Aside from coaching at the collegiate level, Martin has worked with girls at Cortland’s summer softball clinics. She has also provided private lessons for athletes, helping them hone in on a variety of softball skills.
Martin holds two degrees from Cortland, a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Sport Management. She currently resides in Oswego.
Coach Robert Bates
Bob Bates was appointed Assistant Softball Coach in September of 2015. Bates came from an extensive background in 18u Premier Travel Softball, A.S.A travel softball and PremierView Robert Bates's Bio ⟩
Bob Bates was appointed Assistant Softball Coach in September of 2015. Bates came from an extensive background in 18u Premier Travel Softball, A.S.A travel softball and Premier Girls Fastpitch.
Additionally, Bates served as Assistant Coach for both the Waterloo Central High School and Cayuga Community College softball programs. During his time at Waterloo High School from 2008-2013, the varsity softball team became two-time Section V Class BB Champions and two-time FL East DII Champions. Bates served as Assistant Coach at Cayuga Community College from 2013-2015 where he worked on building a positive and goal orientated atmosphere for student-athletes.
Over the last five years, the addition of coaching on the collegiate level has amplified his passion for leading our youth through the game of softball.
In speaking of his recent appointment to Head Coach, Bates states, "Coach Nichols worked hard to build Onondaga Softball into a great program. I am very enthusiastic to continue building on the foundation she has set in place. The number one focus for my staff and I will be the continuation of guiding our young ladies to become hard working successful student-athletes,"
Coach Kirsten Cox
Originally from Lima, Ohio. Played 2 years at Indiana Tech (IN) and transferred to Eckerd College (FL) to finish playing career as a Left-Handed Catcher. I was a Volunteer Assistant Coach at EckerdView Kirsten Cox's Bio ⟩
Originally from Lima, Ohio. Played 2 years at Indiana Tech (IN) and transferred to Eckerd College (FL) to finish playing career as a Left-Handed Catcher. I was a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Eckerd College for 2 years. Coached 1 year at Wartburg College (IA). I've coached 4 years at the travel ball and high school level. I have spent 6 years as a private instructor/player development coach. I have coached or worked with over 50 athletes that have played or currently playing at the college level. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree from Concordia University Irvine in Coaching and Athletic Administration. I hold a NFCA membership, Level 2 ACE ASA certification, and a NFHS membership.
Coach Kara Willis
-NCAA Division I College Softball Pitching Coach for the last 5 years -Coached the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the year and NFCA All-Region 1st Team Pitcher (x2) -Coached the Dayton pitching staff to itsView Kara Willis's Bio ⟩
-NCAA Division I College Softball Pitching Coach for the last 5 years
-Coached the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the year and NFCA All-Region 1st Team Pitcher (x2)
-Coached the Dayton pitching staff to its lowest ERA (1.92) in history, finishing 7th in the nation for Division 1
-Coached Dayton's ace who broke the single-season strikeout record (204)
-Coached her team to back-to-back A10 tournament appearances
Coach Julie Towers
Towers began her coaching career at Millsaps after a standout career at the University of Connecticut and a coaching stop at Delta State University. For her career, Towers hit .329 with 211 careerView Julie Towers's Bio ⟩
Towers began her coaching career at Millsaps after a standout career at the University of Connecticut and a coaching stop at Delta State University. For her career, Towers hit .329 with 211 career hits in 641 at-bats. She also connected on 44 doubles, six triples and 28 home runs with 106 RBIs for the Huskies in 200 career games.
As a senior in 2011, the Goodlettsville, Tenn., native was named team captain while appearing in 48 games, all starts, for UConn. She made the switch to shortstop in her final year, leading the team in hits (54), runs (32), RBIs (42), doubles (14), triples (3), home runs (11), total bases (107) and slugging percentage (.699). For that phenomenal senior season, Towers was named NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team
Along the way, Towers tied the UConn single-season home run record (11) while ranking second all-time in with 44 doubles, fourth all-time with 106 RBI, second all-time with 28 home runs and third all-time with 351 total bases. Her .329 career batting average ranks eighth all-time at UConn as well.
As a junior, Towers started all 51 games of the season and recorded a team high .320 batting average in a team high 172 at bats. She the squad in hits (55), runs scored (39), doubles (13), home runs (9), total bases (97), plate appearances (188), runs batted in (26), slugging percentage (.564) and on base percentage (.372).
Blossomed on the field as one of UConn's top performers during her sophomore campaign, recording a team high .369 batting average while finishing with 62 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.
Towers played in all 50 games during her freshman season starting each of them. The hard-hitting middle infielder finished the year with a .270 average on 40 hits, sending home 15 RBIs.
During her career at White House High School, Towers earned four letters as the starting shortstop. She was named the WHHS team MVP in 2007 after being named to the All-District 8-AA team and All-Middle Tennessee Coaches Association First Team. She also claimed three varsity letters in soccer while excelling in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Towers earned her bachelor's degree in communications for the University of Connecticut in May. She pursued a master's in sports administration from Delta State.
Coach Dr. Mitch Abram
Dr. Mitch Abrams is a licensed sport psychologist and author of Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes (Human Kinetics, 2010). He created and developed the firstView Dr. Mitch Abram's Bio ⟩
Dr. Mitch Abrams is a licensed sport psychologist and author of Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes (Human Kinetics, 2010). He created and developed the first comprehensive anger management program for athletes to address this topic. His program provides strategies and interventions for overcoming excessive anger and aggression in athletes, as well as techniques for athletes to manage emotions and enhance performance.
Dr. Abrams is a national speaker and frequent contributor to national and international media. His opinion is highly sought after when an athlete transgresses, as well as commenting on other sport psychology issues. He writes an ongoing sport psychology blog entitled “Sports Transgressions” for Psychology Today. Dr. Abrams contributed to The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine edited by Lyle Micheli (2011) by writing the sport psychology entries on anger management and imagery in visualization. He also co-wrote the chapter on “Anger: How to Moderate Hot Buttons” with Dr. Bruce Hale in Dr. Shane Murphy’s Sport Psych Handbook. Besides anger management, Dr. Abrams lectures regularly on dating violence/sexual assault prevention, identification and treatment of trauma and mental health.
Dr. Abrams earned his Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College (Pre-Med & Psychology) and earned his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from C.W. Post/Long Island University. He received specialized training in family violence, the treatment of trauma and anger management. His dissertation demonstrated the effectiveness of an anger management program for male athletes and he has been working with anger and violence (including dating/sexual violence prevention) with athletes since. His private practice has clinical, forensic and sport psychology services where treatment focuses on anger management and the treatment of trauma stemming from various forms of abuse.
Further, he is the President and Founder of Learned Excellence for Athletes, Dr. Abrams’ Sports Psychology Consulting firm. With the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), he is the Chair (and founder) of the “Anger & Violence in Sport” Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Abrams is on the program review committee for AASP’s Annual Convention and is a member of the Board of Directors for CASA of Monmouth County A licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, Dr.
Abrams is also a member of APA’s Divisions 47 (Sport & Exercise Psychology), Division 46 (Media Psychology) and Division 41 (American Law-Psychology Society). He oversees mental health services for five of the state prisons in NJ as Clinician Administrator for University Correctional Health Care, which is part of Rutgers. He coordinates the forensic track of the pre-doctoral psychology internship program where he is actively involved in training young psychologists.
Finally, he has been adjunct faculty at C.W. Post/Long Island University, Brooklyn College and Fairleigh Dickinson University; and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Coach Larry Chester
Larry Chester better known as “LC” is regarded as one of the premiere strength and conditioning trainers in the nation. LC’s unique and innovative training style is veryView Larry Chester's Bio ⟩
Larry Chester better known as “LC” is regarded as one of the premiere strength and conditioning trainers in the nation. LC’s unique and innovative training style is very impressive. As the founder of the Elite Speed and Power Program, LC has improved the explosiveness and game performance of over 2,000 athletes across all major sports both high school and college. As a strength and conditioning coach LC helps motivate many hard working athletes along their journey to reach the apex of their career.
LC has spent the last 18 years involved with many successful individuals and teams. Before becoming a successful trainer at the college ranks, LC spent many years as a successful head football coach and a track & field jump and sprint specialist.
LC is currently the strength and conditioning trainer for many Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 college athletes and teams. Below you will find some of his recent success.
Kutztown University Softball
Division II Softball World Series Qualifier
Kutztown University Men’s Tennis
PSAC Men’s Tennis Single Champion
PSAC Men’s Tennis Double Champions
Kutztown University Men’s Rugby
Division 1 American College Rugby Champions (14-0)
Kutztown University Softball
Division II Softball World Series Runner-ups
Kutztown University Men’s Tennis
PSAC Team Champions
PSAC Doubles Champions
PSAC Singles Champion
Kutztown University Women’s Tennis
PSAC East Champions
Kutztown University Women’s Rugby
National Finish Ranked #4 (Final Four Playoffs)
Kutztown University Baseball
Kutztown University Men’s Rugby
College Rugby Championship National Runner-up
ACRC Bowl Champions
Kutztown University Women’s Rugby
National Finish Ranked #3 (Final Four Playoffs)
Coach Cristen Barry Nichols
In her five seasons as head coach at Onondaga CC, Nichols compiled a 137-66 record while producing 2 NJCAA All- Americans, 11 All-Region standouts, along with 12 Mid-State Athletic ConferenceView Cristen Barry Nichols's Bio ⟩
In her five seasons as head coach at Onondaga CC, Nichols compiled a 137-66 record while producing 2 NJCAA All- Americans, 11 All-Region standouts, along with 12 Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference players. In addition, the Lazers have qualified for the Region III Softball Championship in each of the last four seasons and finished third in the nation at the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Softball Championships in Rochester, Minnesota. Nichols also produced two National All-Tournament Selections at the 2016 Championship Tournament. Onondaga was also the 2016 Recipient for the Region III Sportsmanship Award for the 2016 season. This is a testament to their coaching staff and student-athletes.
As a student-athlete at Onondaga, Nichols twice earned All-America honors in the pitching circle and holds six Onondaga pitching records to date. She went on to play for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes where she received Big Ten Honors as a Hawkeye.
**In 2009, she was inducted into the Onondaga Community College Hall of Fame. In June of 2014, she entered the NYSPHSAA Softball Hall of Fame, becoming the first Section III athlete to be honored.
Onondaga Community College Hall of Fame Induction Class- 2009
West Genesee High School 1980-84
Onondaga Community College 1985-86
University of Iowa 1986-88
Onondaga Community College
Team Captain 1986
All-Region First Team 1985-86
All Region Pitcher of the Year 1985-86
NJCAA All-American 2nd Team 1985-86
Region III Champions 1985-86
Placed 5th in NJCAA 1985, Placed 3rd in NJCAA 1986
Overall Pitching Record 52-5, Career Batting Average .348
OCC Softball Records
Career wins - 52
Career Strikeouts - 324
Single Game Strikeouts - 15
Career Complete Games - 57
Career No-hitters - 9
2nd all-time career shutouts - 26
3rd all-time career ERA - 0.70
3rd all-time career winning percentage - .912
University of Iowa
NCAA Division I Career Record 15-9, 1.97 Career ERA
Big Ten Pitcher of the Week 1987
Collegiate Record of 67-14
West Genesee High School
Team Captain 1984
Team MVP 1982-83, All-County 1982-84
Career Record 34-9, ERA 0.40, 5 No-hitters, 294 Strikeouts
Coach Jaime Foutch
"WE want our student/athletes to come away with the mind set that it is going to take 10,000 hours of hard work and determination to reach the level of play that each athlete desires to perform at. They need to know that the effort they put in is congruent to where they want to go. We will provide an experience that shows what it means and “how it feels”, to earn your wings to fly toward their goals, dreams, and aspirations. We will help student/athletes by providing necessary skills, tips, and drills that will help them on their journey. We will incorporate and instill positive self esteem, positive work ethic, and positive communication. We will show through collaboration that cooperative coaching environments that are inclusive empowers and inspires others to do better." - Coach Robin PenoyerShow Less See More Camp Details
Check-in takes place between 8:45-9:00am Monday to Thursday. Please bring a bag lunch each day.
Camp concludes at 3:00pm Monday to Thursday.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Campers Check In
- 9:00 a.m. Warm Up & Throwing Drills
- 9:15 a.m. Station Work
- 10:30 a.m. Water Break
- 10:45 a.m. Position Work
- 11:15 a.m. Defensive Plays
- 11:45 a.m. Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. Warm Up
- 12:45 p.m. Offensive Work
- 1:45 p.m. Offensive Strategies
- 2:15 p.m. Daily Competition
- 3:00 p.m. Campers Depart
Onondaga Softball Complex
The Onondaga Softball Complex serves as the home for the Lazers' softball program. The facility, which opened for use in Spring 2014, contains a turf field, lights, a batting cage and bullpens, a pressbox, and seating for 475 spectators. It also hosts area high school, college, club, and youth games.
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The wonderful encouragement I received at this camp has made me want to try out for softball at school again next spring
"After years of being overlooked by softball coaches it was very encouraging to hear from people who know what they are talking about, that I really do have a talent for softball. The wonderful encouragement I received at this camp has made me want to try out for softball at school again next spring. Hopefully the coaches at school will recognize my talents and be willing to work with me. Thanks for all the help and encouragement."
Thanks for a great experience
"The director and her staff were very positive and seemed to make all the girls love to play. This is our second time doing the camp and I would do it again. Thanks for another great experience and great memories."
— Day Camper
Honest assessment of my skills
"I've been playing competitive travel softball for five years now yet I felt the coaches at this camp helped me improve my game in many ways. They showed me where I needed improvement and were very honest in their assessments of my skills. They recommended coaches to help me continue to improve after the camp - and I really appreciate that."
— Day Camper
Well worth the money!
"I enjoyed to listen to all the Coaches talk and explain drills and the reasoning behind them to the girls in a manner which to campers stayed focused and eager to jump into the drills. My daughter loves to know the right way and I love the fact that the coaches here were willing to share all and any knowledge they could to make these campers the best they can be. Thanks so much for a positive clinic experience, well worth the money."
Gave me a vision of what my future would be as a softball player
"I loved the camp. It really gave me a vision of what my future would be as a softball player. I got a lot out of it. I'm gonna use the skills I got at softball camp all throughout my entire life of softball."
— Day Camper
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