Nike Softball Camp Transylvania University
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Nike Softball Camp Transylvania presents campers with the opportunity to experience an elite training environment to improve fielding and hitting skills. Head Coach, Shawn Hendrickson will be directing camp along with his coaching staff. Coach Hendrickson knows how to make camp competitive, educational and fun. He guarantees players will leave improved with a new hunger for the game!
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
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Camp Director Shawn Hendrickson
Shawn Hendrickson enters his fourth year as head coach of the Transylvania Pioneers softball team.View Shawn's Bio ⟩
During Hendrickson’s tenure with the Transylvania softball program, the Pioneers have experienced their richest era in program history. His imprint upon the program since his arrival has been one of a team-oriented winning culture.
The Pioneers enter the 2018 season coming off of its best finish ever after reaching the Super Regional of the 2017 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament for the first time in school history.
The 2017 season brought about Transylvania’s second-consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title as the Pioneers went 12-4 in conference. Their regular-season run set the stage for a momentous tournament journey.
The Pioneers marched through the 2017 HCAC Conference Tournament, sweeping through all three of its opponents to win their first tournament title since the 2010 season. The Pioneers’ conference tournament success bloomed into NCAA Tournament success: Transylvania dominated its opening-round regional, defeating Emory & Henry before defeating No. 2 ranked Berry back-to-back by scores of 6-0 and 8-0 (5 innings).
Transylvania’s success at Berry sent the Pioneers to their first super regional in school history, where they battled Illinois Wesleyan to the brink before falling in the deciding game 3 in 11 innings.
When the dust had settled, the Pioneers had completed a 35-13 season, finishing the year ranked 14th nationally in the NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Hendrickson’s 2017 squad yielded a collection of high performers, including junior pitcher Renae Morton, who was named to the NFCA All-Region Third Team and HCAC Pitcher of the Year, all-HCAC First Teamers Brittany Mumford and Shelby Bailey, and All-HCAC Second Teamers Sydney Motell and Shelby Gambrell.
Transylvania’s quick ascent to a new standard of excellence under Hendrickson has come in nearly record time.
Hendrickson’s arrival to Transylvania in the fall of 2014 set the stage for a near-instant turnaround.
Inheriting a team that finished 10 games below .500 in 2014, Hendrickson quickly assembled a team that went 13-23 in his first season as he rebuilt the culture at an accelerated pace in his first year at Transylvania. While the Pioneers ran out of steam his first season in Lexington, his initial squad collected 13 poignant wins that would set the foundation in place for a competitive, blue-collar future.
In Hendrickson’s second year in Lexington, the Pioneers were selected to finish eighth in their conference in the coaches’ HCAC preseason poll. The Pioneers blew those expectations out of the water and shocked the conference, winning the regular-season conference title on the final day of the season against Anderson to top the standings and earn the number one seed in the conference tournament.
Hendrickson’s 2016 season was a year to remember for Transylvania; the Pioneers went 26-13 overall, including 14-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play en route to the regular season crown. Under Hendrickson’s leadership, the Pioneers produced the HCAC Hitter of the Year in Krista DeBurger and HCAC Pitcher of the Year Jamie Lutes.
In 2016, the Pioneers ranked in the top-40 nationally in scoring, the top-35 in batting average, the top-30 in doubles per game, and the top-25 in home runs per game and slugging percentage. In recognition of his team’s prolific season, Hendrickson was named the 2016 HCAC Coach of the Year.
Hendrickson’s 2016 Pioneers vaulted freshman Brittany Mumford to the All-HCAC First Team, while a trio of freshmen in Jessica Powell, Meg Liter, and Shelby Gambrell were named to the All-HCAC Second Team. In all, eight Pioneers received All-HCAC recognition for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Mumford and DeBurger were named to the NFCA All-Central Region Team; DeBurger’s 2016 season saw the first baseman lead the HCAC in runs, home runs, total bases, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, while ranking fourth in conference in batting average. During Mumford’s first season under Hendrickson, the second baseman ranked eighth in conference in batting average (.389) and had 49 hits, which ranked fourth in the HCAC.
In 2015, Hendrickson saw three of his players named to the All-HCAC team with two Academic All-Conference selections.
Prior to his arrival to Lexington, Hendrickson assembled a wealth of coaching experience totaling over 25 years. Hendrickson came to Lexington from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan where he spent six years. The longtime softball coach completed a similar turnaround project at Finlandia, as his team went 76-27 over his final three years there. Hendrickson was recognized with three straight NCAA Division III Independent Coach of the Year awards from 2011 through 2013.
Hendrickson’s Finlandia squads also ranked nationally in the top-50 in multiple offensive categories; during his tenure up north, Finlandia also furnished the NCAA’s top RBI-producer, the national leader in batting average, and national run leader in the school’s first All-American, catcher Alexis Lawley.
Hendrickson’s annual goals for Transylvania softball are for each of his players to exceed their individual capabilities and build a winning record.
Prior to coaching collegiate softball, Hendrickson coached high school athletics for nearly 20 years in basketball, softball, and baseball. During his time as a high school athletics coach, Hendrickson received two Michigan High School Athletic Association Regional Coach of the Year Awards.
The Nike Softball Camp at Transylvania University will have two sessions. Campers will be grouped by age and ability on the first day of camp to ensure the best setting to improve in! See below for details on the sessions.Show Less See More Camp Details
- July 30-August 1 (Ages 8-18)
- Session One: 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Session Two: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Both Sessions: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- No food included
Full Day Check-in: 9:30 am
Morning Half-Day Check-in: 9:30 am
Afternoon Half-Day Check-in: 12:00 pm
Full Day Check-out: 2:00 pm
Morning Half-Day Check-out: 11:30 am
Afternoon Half-Day Check-out: 2:00 pm
- Lunch (Youth Camp Only)
- Water Bottle
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
- 9:30 a.m. Check in, warm-up/throwing mechanics/fielding
- 9:45 a.m. Group Training Drills/Contests
- 10:30 a.m. Circuit Training/Position Stategy
- 11:30 a.m. Morning Session Ends - Lunch (Bring Lunch)
- 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Check In - Warm Up/Running Drills and Contests
- 12:15 p.m. Offensive and Skill Station Circuit Training
- 1:00 p.m. Games
- 2:00 p.m. Check Out
John R. Hall Field
The John R. Hall Athletics Field opened in 1996 on the corner of Upper and Third Streets. The $2.5 million facility features a state-of-the-art field that mixes the old with the new, offering a traditional feel to a stadium complex.
Hall Field is one of only two outdoor athletics facility with lights on the Transylvania campus. A Bermuda grass surface, installed in 2000, provides one of the best playing surface for softball in the region.
A brick wall interspersed with sections of wrought iron screens the field from busy streets. The brick matches that of the historic Row House, which dates to 1815 and was refurbished to house locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and storage areas. Brick dugouts are provided for softball, and a press box/concession stand is located at the north end of the field.
Transylvania has received several awards for historic preservation and beautification for Hall Field. The field is named in honor of John R. Hall, who was a Transylvania trustee and former chairman and CEO of Ashland Oil Inc., and who was a lead donor for the facility.