“Northwestern State has a great tradition providing summer sports camps for young people in Natchitoches and around Louisiana,” said director of athletics Greg Burke. “We’re proud that NSU hosted the first-ever girls basketball camps in our state. Some of the great stars in pro football have been involved with our football camps.
“Fundamentally, these camps are a wonderful opportunity for young people to have valuable, fun and wholesome activities with some bright and talented coaches at Northwestern State,” said Burke. “Whether the participants are local and area kids, perhaps grandchildren from many miles away who are visiting their families during the summer in Natchitoches, or now in recent years, young people attending the traveling camps our coaches conduct in various locations around Louisiana, they leave with experiences that create lasting positive memories.”
There will be several opportunities for youth outside of Natchitoches to take part in the action including the Jay Thomas Traveling Camp for football as it makes stops in Monroe (June 20), Lafayette (June 24), Denham Springs (June 25) and New Orleans (June 26).
Volleyball will also have a selection of five summer dates to enroll youth into its Hernesman Volleyball Academy that includes a morning or afternoon camp in Shreveport hosted by Loyola College Prep (July 24-25). Co-head coaches Hugh and Stephanie Hernesman have guided NSU to unprecedented success, with the Lady Demons just three points shy of an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
On the hardwood, there will be four opportunities to enroll in the Stoehr Camps hosted by Southland Conference women’s basketball tournament champion co-head coaches Scott and Brooke Stoehr with options including a team camp (June 5-7), elite camp (June 8; June 29) and day camp (June 30-July 3). The Lady Demons were 21-13 and reached the NCAA Tournament in the Stoehrs’ second season in 2013-14.
The Mike McConathy Northwestern State Basketball Camp will also offer a series of options for youth including the team camp (June 20-21), day camp (July 7-10) and challenge camp (July 11-13). McConathy’s Demons boasted an average of 86.6 points per game in 2013-14, ranking second in the country.
Softball campers will also have the opportunity to learn from recently crowned Southland Tournament champions as the Lady Demons and head coach Donald Pickett host two all-skills sessions for youth (June 10) and for high school students (June 11). Northwestern State made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in May and has won 75 games in the past two seasons.
Four chances will be available to baseball players to take part in the excitement of Lane Burroughs’ rising Demon program, including specialized sessions for hitting (July 7-8) as well as pitching and catching (July 9-10). NSU baseball set a Southland Conference record for the biggest single-season improvement in 2014, winning 17 more game than a year earlier, Burroughs’ first season.
To check out all the summer dates, get additional information including fees and sport-specific instructions, and to enroll campers, visit NSUDemons.com/camps.