Nike Volleyball Camp at Truman State University
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Come ready to play hard and improve at the 2019 summer volleyball camp in Missouri! With a combination of exceptional training and a high-energy environment, players can take their skills to the next level.
Under the direction of Truman State University Head Volleyball Coach, Ben Briney, girls, ages 13-18 of all abilities, will train in focused group drills and game play to ensure individual improvement.
- Excellent residential, training, dining facilities
- Instruction from collegiate coaching staff and players
- 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Co-Director Ben Briney
Ben Briney completed his tenth season as the head coach of the Truman volleyball program in the fall of 2018.View Ben's Bio ⟩
He is the ninth head coach in program history and has a 200-103 (.660) career record. His 200th career win came in the final home match of the 2017 season when the Bulldogs took down Missouri S&T in four sets inside Pershing Arena. The 2017 campaign also marked the Purple and White's 28th straight with a winning record at 17-15.
During his first nine seasons, Briney has led the Bulldogs to six NCAA postseason tournament appearances and 37 total selections to all-conference teams. In addition, he coached middle blocker Megan Sharpe to becoming the program’s first four-time AVCA all-American, including being named the National Freshman of the Year in 2009. Two players from his 2014 squad earned back-to-back AVCA All-American accolades, while Molly Sinclair, a 2011 graduate, was named CoSIDA Academic all-District following her junior season.
In 2014, he earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bulldogs to the Midwest region’s No. 1 seed and a 29-4 overall record. He coached Brak to the GLVC’s Player of the Year award, while fellow senior Abby Moser was named the GLVC’s Libero of the Year, as well. The Bulldogs won the GLVC West Division with a 17-1 record and carried the conference’s top seed through the league tournament en route to a tournament title.
Briney has coached nine different players who have been named AVCA all-Americans during his stints on the Truman sideline. His players have demonstrated success in the classroom also, as evidenced by numerous players being named to all-MIAA and all-GLVC Academic Honor Rolls.
During his tenure as an assistant, the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament in all four seasons, won two South Central regional championships and advanced to the national semifinals one time (2008). He helped coached two players to MIAA MVP awards and led the team to its first No. 1 ranking in the AVCA top-25 coaches’ poll in school history.
Briney was the assistant coach for the Carolina Region Junior High Performance Team – a feeder program for the U.S. National Team – during the summers of 2004 and 2005 and came to Truman after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at St. Andrews College in North Carolina. At Div. II St. Andrews, he helped lead the Knights to a 40-25 overall record and a trip to the conference finals in 2003. The following year, the team tied a school record with 14 conference victories and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Prior to moving to North Carolina, Briney was the graduate assistant athletic trainer at Southwest Baptist. He was the head athletic trainer for the men's basketball, volleyball and tennis programs at the school and was the host athletic trainer for the 2003 NCAA Division II regional tennis tournament. Other volleyball experience includes being a member of the Athletics in Action men's volleyball team that toured Nigeria on an international sports ministry trip in 2003 and also being an assistant coach of the Carolina Region High Performance youth team in the summers of 2004 and 2005.
The Missouri native graduated from Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Psychology. He became a certified athletic trainer in April of 2002 prior to earning his Masters of Education from SBU in 2004. That same year, he passed his strength and conditioning test to gain CSCS credentials from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Briney also serves as the faculty advisor for Truman’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle. In March of 2018, Ben married the former Beth Clausing, and they reside in Kirksville.
Co-Director Erin Higgins
Erin Higgins finished her second season as an assistant coach on Ben Briney's staff in the fall of 2018.View Erin's Bio ⟩
Prior to Truman State, Higgins came to Kirksville after a successful three-year tenure as the head coach for the Blue Devils of Davenport Central High School in Iowa.
With Higgins at the helm, Central only ascended after she took over and improved its finishes in the Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC) from eighth in 2014 to fifth in 2015 and fourth in the fall of 2016. During that span, Higgins coached 10 All-Conference, three All-Metro and three All-District performers.
Throughout those three seasons, the Bettendorf, Iowa native organized and created practice plans, supervised all assistant coaches, coordinated the travel arrangements, prepared scouting reports, assisted with the strength and conditioning program, facilitated fundraising, directed youth and high school summer camps, and implemented weekly grade checks among several other duties as assigned.
Higgins played her collegiate volleyball in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) at Missouri-St. Louis as a four-year starter/letterwinner at right side for the Tritons. The Pleasant Valley product was named First-Team All-GLVC in 2009 before second-team nods in both 2010 and 2011 when she was a senior co-captain. In the program's record book for a career, she is seventh in three different categories including kills (1,027), attempts (2,627) and block assists (244).
Higgins has also seen coaching stints at the Platform Elite Volleyball Club in the Quad Cities since 2013 and the Lady D's Youth Feeder Program in Davenport since 2014. In July of 2015, she coached at the University of Iowa's Summer All-Skills Camp and held the same role in July of 2016 at the University of Illinois.
This year we are offering an All Skills Overnight and Extended Day camp for girls (ages 13-18 | grades 8-12) of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 12-14
This camp is open to girls (ages 13-18 | grades 8-12) of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level. Campers will master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 12-14
- Check-in: 1:45pm-2:00pm on Friday at the Pershing Arena.
- Extended Campers: 1:45pm on Sunday at the Pershing Arena
- Overnight Campers: 2:00pm on Sunday from the dorms
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Friday 2:00pm-8:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-8:30pm, Sunday 9:30am-1:45pm
What's included in the fee?
- Daily volleyball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes.
- Volleyballs: Volleyballs are provided for each camper to use during instruction at camp, so campers do not need to bring their own. Campers do have the option of purchasing a Molten Volleyball for $17 at the time of registration. Balls will be given out on the last day of camp.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Players Grouped by: ability, age, years of experience
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own kneepads and have at least one pair of well broken-in volleyball (court) shoes. Campers do not need to bring their own balls.
- Facility: Indoor Courts
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camper Registration Packets, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.
- Campers Per Room: 2
- 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!
- Bathrooms: On each floor
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: Please refer to the Camper Registration Packet. A/C availability depends on our specific dorm assignment.
Nike Volleyball 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 eight or more 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.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00am Wake up
- 8:15-9:15am Breakfast
- 9:30-11:30am Session I
- 11:45-12:45pm Lunch
- 2:00-4:45pm Session II
- 5:00-5:45pm Dinner
- 6:30-8:30 Session III
- 8:30pm Commuters picked up/Residents back to dorm
- 10:30pm Lights out
The Truman campus is located on the south side of Kirksville near the town square, and features multiple classroom buildings, residential halls, athletic facilities, and the state-of-the-art Pershing Arena where basketball and volleyball teams compete.