"Mini Eags” Camp and EWU Summer Tournament are new offerings, as well as the annual Team Camp and Individual Camp
Under the direction of new Eastern Washington University head coach Wade Benson, the EWU Volleyball Program has set the dates for 2013 Eagle Volleyball Summer Camps, and include a variety of camps and tournaments for youth ages 7 and up.
The Individual Camp, which focuses on specific positions and related skills, will be July 9-11. Cost is $235 for day campers and $360 for residential. It is open to players ages 12-18.
The Team Camp will be held July 15-17, and will provide an opportunity for high school squads to work directly with coaches and camp counselors on different rotations and team tactics that will prepare them for the upcoming season. Team camp fees are $205 for commuters and $260 for residential campers.
The new “Mini Eags” Camp takes place July 9-11 and is open to youth ages 7-11. The camp consists of three 3-hour sessions and the cost is $85, which includes a camp t-shirt.
The one-day EWU Summer Tournament takes place on July 17 and is open to all high school varsity and junior varsity teams. Cost is $35 per player with a nine-player minimum.
All camps will be held at Reese Court on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.
For further details and online registration, visit http://www.ewuvolleyballcamps.com/index.cfm.
Eastern’s program is again under the direction of Benson, who is already a household name within the Spokane and Cheney communities. Benson was the head coach at Eastern from 2000-06, compiling an impressive record of 154-55 (.737) - the best winning percentage of any coach in school history. His Big Sky record during that time of 78-24 (.765) still ranks among the top four in conference history. His assistants include a pair of coaches with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest – Darren Buckner and Janelle Ruen. Ruen was a two-sport standout in volleyball and women’s basketball for the Eagles from 1999-2003 before embarking upon a professional beach volleyball playing career.
Eastern Volleyball has a rich tradition of success in the NCAA and the Big Sky Conference, with five BSC Championship banners in the last decade, with the most recent championship coming in 2008. EWU has finished in fourth place or higher in the league standings in 15 of the past 17 seasons. A total of 45 athletes have received All-Big Sky honors in school history (Cora Kellerman and Shelby Puckett in 2011), with Hayley Hills (2008) being the latest of six Eagles to be selected as BSC MVP. Eagle Volleyball excels in the classroom as well, with nine Eagles receiving Big Sky All-Academic honors in 2012.