May 29, 2012
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By Todd Dagenais
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Due to an overwhelming response in registration for the 2012 Summer Volleyball Camp, UCF head volleyball coach Todd Dagenais announced Tuesday that additional court space was added for the July 10-13 All-Skills Camp. However, online registrations are coming in at a record rate and the remaining camp space is expected to fill in the next 8-12 days.
People wishing to enroll their campers for the summer program are encouraged to visit www.centralfloridavolleyballcamps.com and register online, or call Camp Co-Director Arturo Rivera at 407-242-6603 directly to reserve their spot. Campers can select the option of staying overnight or commuting daily to the camp held entirely in the UCF Venue.
"We are 100% committed to maintaining our 8:1 coach to camper ratio. Therefore we will have to put a hard cap on enrollment this year," said Dagenais, whose program is coming off a record setting 20 win season that saw the Knights defeat No. 3 Southern California. "We are so excited about this enthusiastic response to our summer camp programming."
Dagenais recently announced the addition of ESPN broadcaster and volleyball analysis Kelli Tennant to the coaching lineup for this year's camp program.
"Kelli will be on hand to share her playing experience and a high school and club volleyball All-American, as well as her experience as a captain of an NCAA Final-Four program (Southern California)," Dagenais said. "She will also share her unique perspectives on having big dreams and achieving success through persistence and perseverance."
Tennant most recently served as volleyball color analysis in the NCAA Regional Finals in Hawaii, and also worked as a sportscaster for MSG Varsity network.
In addition to the All-Skills program, Dagenais will host a Position Specific Clinic on July 14th and an Elite College Prep Camp from July 15-18.
"The position specific camp is a great opportunity for outside hitters, liberos, middle hitters, and setters, to learn all the small details of their position from UCF staff and players," said Dagenais.
Encouraging campers to stay the extra day and train with the Knights, those campers also attending the All-Skills and Elite camps will be given a discounted rate on the Position Specific Clinics."
Rounding out the on-campus portion of the summer camp program will be the 2012 Elite College Prep Camp from July 15-18. Enrollment is limited to only 56 campers and will be staffed by college coaches and players, as well as international professional players and coaches.
"We discovered the need for a very high level, small numbers training camp exposing college hopefuls to the collegiate training experience. We look forward to getting these athletes in the gym during these four days and training them the same as we would train a college or national team," said Dagenais, whose coaching resume includes stints with the USA National Team program, and currently serves as the Head Coach for the USA Junior National A-2 Team (U-19).
For those high school teams that may be looking for a very unique and personal training opportunity, Dagenais will be holding a limited number of Satellite Camps throughout June, July, and August.
"We can really create a tailor-made training experience by bringing our coaching staff to your gymnasium. We will start from scratch, a build the exact experience that each team is looking for," said Dagenais.
High School coaches and administrators are encouraged to call Arturo Rivera directly for additional information and open dates on the satellite camps.