July 24, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - The first Nike/Sacred Heart University Women's Volleyball Camp wraps up this weekend and the SHU volleyball staff, as well as players from both the men's and women's programs, has worked with over 200 players of varying skill levels for the past nine days to help them improve all facets of their games.
"One of my goals in starting this camp was to help establish a new culture for our sport here in Connecticut," says SHU coach Rob Machan. "Having coached in California for many years, I have seen how the game is taught and played much differently there. I want to bring some of that to the east coast."
The camp encompassed three seperate camps over a nine-day span. The first was for all skills, and the staff took the time to place each camper in a group with people of the same skill level on the first day. The second was position specific, while the third was for advanced players. Activities started every morning at 8:30 and concluded at 8:30 in the evening, with breaks for rest and meals.
"We work on individual skills as well as team building," says Machan. "What was really neat was that a camper would be signed up for just one of the camps and enjoy the experience so much that they signed up for the next one as well."
Connecticut provided the majority of the campers, but some came from as far away as California and Georgia.
"What we want is to have every player who attends our camp leave here improved and I think we've done that," said Machan. "I am really excited about the turnout for our first time, but I want to see us grow even bigger next year."