Nike Volleyball Camp at Saint Vincent College
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Join Head Coach Sue Hozak and her devoted staff for an outstanding volleyball camp experience at Saint Vincent in 2019! The all skills camp offers day camp and overnight camp for young athletes looking for the full college experience.
This Pennsylvania summer camp provides athletes with the opportunity to improve their skills and get better while having fun with other players who share their passion for volleyball.
- Instruction from collegiate coaching staff and players
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- 6-7 hours daily instruction, with 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Camp Director Sue Hozak
Sue has coached the Lady Bearcat volleyball team from its inception in 1985 to the present.View Sue Hozak's Bio ⟩
As a coach—and educator—Sue believes in educating and guiding students by providing a positive environment for excelling academically . . .athletically . . . and socially . . . to maximize their potential as valuable members of society. And it works.
During her tenure at Saint Vincent, Coach Hozak has helped guide her team to 617 wins in program history. Coach Hozak claimed her 600th career victory at La Roche on Sept. 27, 2016. Entering the 2018 season, Coach Hozak ranks in the top 15 of active Division III coaches in all-time wins (617).
A 1983 graduate of Waynesburg College, Hozak received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.
Her volleyball playing began at Norwin High School, where she was a member of three state championship teams. As a three-time All-District setter at Waynesburg, Sue was on teams which won three district championships, competing in three NAIA National Championship Tournaments.
At Saint Vincent, she serves as Associate Athletic Director and head volleyball coach.
Coach Hozak's personal honors have included: 2005 and 2003 American Mideast Conference North Division Coach of the Year, 1994 NAIA/AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, 1994 Keystone-Empire Conference Coach of the Year, NAIA District 18 Coach of the Year: 1990-92-93, and KECC Coach of the Year in 1994.
In recent years, Sue's Lady Bearcat team won two consecutive ECAC Division II Championships, in 2006 and 2007, while the Lady Bearcats reached the ECAC Division-III semifinals in 2009 and the finals in 2010.
Sue also serves as Senior Woman Administrator and Associate Athletic Director.
Coach Stephanie Benkowski
Head coach Stephanie Benkowski begins her sixth season at the helm of the Waynesburg volleyball program in 2010. She’ll be looking to end a brief one-year hiatus from the PAC Tournament. PriorView Stephanie Benkowski's Bio ⟩
Head coach Stephanie Benkowski begins her sixth season at the helm of the Waynesburg volleyball program in 2010. She’ll be looking to end a brief one-year hiatus from the PAC Tournament.
Prior to missing the playoffs in 2009, Waynesburg made it to the postseason following the 2008 campaign. That year, the Jackets earned an 11-20 overall record and a 6-8 mark in PAC action. As the fifth seed in the tourney, Waynesburg picked up a 3-1 upset victory over number-four Thiel on the Tomcats’ home court.
It was the first win in the conference tourney for Waynesburg since 2005. The Jackets then went on and played well against the eventual champs from Westminster during a 3-1 loss.
Individually, Benkowski enjoyed a first for her time at Waynesburg as senior outside hitter Laurie Lindner was named PAC Player of the Year. It was the first time Benkowski had coached a player to the prestigious honor. Lindner joined three of her teammates on the 2008 All-PAC squad.
After a rough start to her first season (2005) at Waynesburg that had the team four games below .500, Benkowski guided the Yellow Jackets to 13-consecutive victories.
Waynesburg went on to finish the season at 21-13 overall with an 11-1 mark in conference play and an appearance in the PAC Championship match.
For her efforts, Benkowski earned PAC Coach of the Year honors.
The Waynesburg volleyball team has also consistently held a strong presence on the annual Fall PAC Academic Honor Roll and 2009 was no different. The Jacket volleyball team featured nine players on the list, which tied for the second most honorees in the conference.
Coach Scott Wisneski
Coach Wisneski is the assiant coach at Saint Vincent College. A native of Derry, PA, Scott played four years for his high school program at Derry Area, lettering twice. He was a member of the teamView Scott's Bio ⟩
Coach Wisneski is the assiant coach at Saint Vincent College.
A native of Derry, PA, Scott played four years for his high school program at Derry Area, lettering twice. He was a member of the team from 1986-89, during which time they won two state titles and once finished as the PIAA runners-up.
Scott spent 10 years coaching the boys' program at Greater Latrobe High School, and has also coached the Junior Olympic team for the Foothills Club.
He also serves as advisor for the Saint VIncent men's club volleyball team.
Coach Kate McCauley
Kate has been coaching for West E for 6 years. She is a returning player who just couldn't get enough volleyball so she took up coaching. She played all through the program for 4 years beforeView Kate McCauley's Bio ⟩
Kate has been coaching for West E for 6 years. She is a returning player who just couldn't get enough volleyball so she took up coaching. She played all through the program for 4 years before returning to coach. This year she has been with the club for 10 years and couldn’t be happier. She loves the opportunity Ray has given her to expand her knowledge and become a better coach.
Kate is a graduate of Norwin High School where she was a 4 year member of the team. She is a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College where she got her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Addiction Specialist Certificate. Kate was a 4 year setter and defensive specialist for the Saint Vincent volleyball team where she was a captain her senior year.
This fall Kate became the head coach at Greensburg Central Catholic, where she guided the Centurions to a first place finish in the PIAA "A" championships. Kate is currently attending graduate school at Concordia University of Irvine for Coaching and Athletic Administration. Kate is looking forward to working with all the girls this year and making them better athletes in both mind and body.
Coach Sara Brushi
Sara Bruschi returns for her third season as assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets’ volleyball program at Waynesburg University in 2016. Prior to her arrival at Waynesburg University, sheView Sara Brushi's Bio ⟩
Sara Bruschi returns for her third season as assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets’ volleyball program at Waynesburg University in 2016. Prior to her arrival at Waynesburg University, she served as the head coach at Uniontown High School in 2013. During her one and only season with the Red Raiders, Bruschi led her squad to a 10-0 undefeated section record and a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
Her experience also includes three years as the head coach at Connellsville High School. Bruschi coached the Falcons from 2008 to 2010 and led the Blue and White to the WPIAL playoffs during her first year on the job.
In between her stays at the two Fayette County high schools, Bruschi returned to her alma mater of Saint Vincent College to spend the 2012 campaign as a volunteer assistant with the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)-rival Bearcats.
Bruschi graduated from Saint Vincent in 2006 with a degree in English/Communications Education. She played her high school ball at Connellsville, which she graduated from in 2002 and earned All-Fayette County laurels while excelling with the Falcons.
Prior to her time on the bench, she wore the green and gold of SVC from 2002 to 2005. During Bruschi’s senior season (2005), the Bearcats won a conference title and the standout middle hitter served as a team captain. She also ranked in the NAIA top 15 rankings for blocks as both a junior and senior.
Along with her scholastic coaching background, Bruschi served on the coaching staffs for both the Penn Highlands Volleyball Club (2009-2011 and 2014) and the Pitt Elite Volleyball Club (2012-2013). She also has seven years of experience working in the Junior Olympic club ranks.
Bruschi resides in Connellsville with her husband Josh. She also teaches eighth grade English at Connellsville Junior High School.
This year we are offering an Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) camp for girls, ages 10-18, of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 7-10
This camp is open to girls, ages 10-18, 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 7-10
- Check-in: 11:00am-1:00pm on Sunday
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 3:30pm on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 1:00-9:00pm, Monday & Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm
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.
- Activities: Swimming- please bring a bathing suit, towel, and sandals.
- 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. The closest airport to campus is Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.
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
- 7:00am Wake-up, shower, breakfast
- 9:00am Extended Day Campers arrive. Stretching & warm up.
- 9:15am Training Session I
- 12:00pm Lunch, rest
- 1:30pm Training Session II
- 4:00pm Free time, rest
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart, Overnight Camper to rooms. Free time
- 10:30pm Lights out
Saint Vincent College is located just 35 miles east of Pittsburgh and is situated on a 200-acre suburban campus in Unity Township. Athletes train in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium, a newly renovated facility includes new floors, courts, scoreboard and lighting as well as a 4,000 square-foot fitness center and training room facility.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 13, 2018: Our daughter enjoyed the 3 on 3 competitions and individual ones!
— Dawn M. Parent
July 14, 2017: She has improved her skills and had a great time! This is her 2nd year at the camp and she loves it! They work hard!
— Kelly H. Parent
very positive experience!!
July 13, 2017: My 12 year old daughter had so much fun at this camp. She had a very positive experience!! She did not call or text me for (3) days which absolutely floored me. We had the opportunity to watch the girls scrimmage at the end of camp for a couple hours. It was amazing. After watching her play at camp it is clear that she has outgrown her club team and needs to move to a more established team. Thanks for everything that you guys helped her learn and improve on. She is already looking forward to next year and would like to go to another camp this year unfortunately they are too far away.
— Kindall S. Parent
July 12, 2017: I loved how fit I got at this camp!
— Savana H. Camper
Gained valuable feedback!
July 12, 2017: My daughter was really excited to go to the camp each day and she was very complimentary of the instructions. They taught with patience and maturity. Keep doing what your doing. My daughter loved camp and gained valuable feedback on ways to improve her performance. The instructors are top notch. My child felt safe and very happy while at camp.
— Gennafer S. Parent
Learned so much
July 22, 2016: My daughter has attended Nike Volleyball camp for 3 years now. She has learned so much from going. It is well worth it if you are looking to improve your game!
— Carlin J. Parent
We love the Nike camps at Saint Vincent
My daughter has attended both Nike Basketball Camp and Nike Volleyball camps. With each experience, she has returned home a better athlete and her skill level has improved. Not to mention she also made lasting friendships. Thank you!
— Parent '15
Great mix of fun
This camp mixes enough volleyball instruction with some down time so the campers do not get burned out. I'd like to play more games on a team.
— Camper '15
Good learning environment
The coaching staff gives total instruction in a non-intimidating environment.
— Camper '15
My daughter is new to the game of volleyball. She learned so much at the Nike camp. The staff and coaches were wonderful. She loved it. She will definitely return again.
— Parent '14
This is a fun camp that you learn a lot from! My serve really improved as did all my skills! I will definitely be back next year!
— Camper '14
It was a very good experience for my daughter. She really liked it and enjoyed it. Even when initially she did not know any other girl. She made a lot of friends. It was like a rehearsal of how they are going to be living in a few years when they start college.
— Parent '14
The St. Vincent Nike camp is well organized and coached. The coaches work well with the girls and teach a lot.
We enjoyed the camp very much, all staff were professional and helpful.We will attend again next year.
Fantastic and fun
NIKE volleyball camp helps you improve on all of your skills. It is a fantastic camp and it's fun
The Nike Volleyball Camp at St. Vincent does a great job at giving individual attention!
The staff explains how to do each specific skill correctly and they motivate you to do better.
Improved my skills
Helped me learn a lot about volleyball,and all of the positions, especially how to serve really good!!
Built my confidence
I had so much fun at this camp and developed a new passion for the game. The coaches really helped me gain more confidence playing volleyball. Now I know you never know what you can do unless you try.
Extremely organized and productive so you get the most out of each day!
"Well organized, great facility and a great coach."
Improved my game
The camp helped me learn a lot and improve my game. It was a well-spent three days. I came back to my school's team with an extra edge and tips to share with my teammates that I learned at the camp that I didn’t know before. The coaches at St. Vincent immediately pointed out and helped me fix mistakes that I was making. They were mistakes that had never been pointed out to me, even after playing volleyball for three years.