2016 Future Hoosier Camp
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Indiana Softball Camp
PO Box 6711
Bloomington, IN 47407
* Add 6% for on-line registrations
All Indiana Camps are open to all and any entrants
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Michelle Gardner - Head Softball Coach, Indiana University
Michelle Gardner has been at the helm of the Indiana softball program for seven seasons. She was named the eighth head coach IU softball history on June 9, 2008 after spending the previous six seasons as the head coach at the University of Nevada, where she was named the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Since her first season with the Hoosiers in 2009, she has had 12 players receive All-Big Ten honors, a 2011 Big Ten Pitcher of the year, the program's first All-Big Ten Freshman Team honoree, four NFCA All-Region selections and 52 Academic All-Big Ten selections. In 2011 and 2012, she had three players named First Team All-Big Ten, which is more than the 2001-2010 seasons combined (two).
Indiana found its place near the top of numerous offensive program records in 2015, including setting a new home run mark with 51 long balls, cruising past the previous high of 40 set in 2006. The Indiana bats finished second in Hoosier history in runs scored (282), RBI (252) and walks (193). Freshman Rebecca Blitz, who plated 41 runs on 59 hits in 2015, became the first freshman to pick up NFCA All-Region honors since 1995 as she was named to the Second Team.
Gardner is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan where she was a standout pitcher from 1984-1988. She has garnered Big Ten Player of the Year and first team all-region accolades. She was also part of softball's first appearance in the 1996 Olympic Games when she took part in the Olympic Trials.
Ben Sorden - Assistant Softball Coach, Indiana University
Assistant coach Ben Sorden will enter his second season as assistant coach for the 2015 season. He works primarily with the pitching staff, assist with recruiting, establish practice plans as well as coordinate team travel.
Sorden most recently served as an assistant coach at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) where he coached three All-American pitchers, seven NCAA All-Region pitchers and four Iowa Conference Pitchers of the Year. During his tenure with the Kohawks, Sorden also helped Coe College to three conference championships, eight NCAA Regional appearances, two NCAA Division III Women's College World Series appearances (fifth place, 2006; second place, 2009) and nine finishes in the NCAA Top 25.
In addition to his time at Coe College, Sorden was the head coach for Solon High School (Solon, Iowa) in 2011 and 2012, where he earned WaMaC East Coach of the Year honors after piloting SHS to back-to-back WaMaC East Championships, consecutive Regional Championships and two state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2012.In just two seasons, Sorden's team posted a 71-17 record, produced seven All-State players as well as a 3A Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 2012. He was named the Northeast Iowa District Coach of the Year in 2012.
Mike Perniciaro - Assistant Coach, Indiana University
Indiana softball head coach Michelle Gardner announced the addition of Mike Perniciaro to the coaching staff on July 8, 2014. Perniciaro will work primarily with hitting and the infield, as well as assist with recruiting.
Perniciaro, who brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to the Hoosiers, most recently served as the associate head coach at the University of Mississippi. In his three seasons with Ole Miss, Perniciaro coached 32 letterwinners and led the Rebels to school records in hits (396), walks (150) and stolen bases (79). Prior to his tenure at Ole Miss, Perniciaro spent six seasons as the head coach for the Wichita State softball team, where he led the program to 168 wins. While leading the Shockers, Perniciaro coached Britnee Barnett to the most career hits in Wichita State's history (249).
He also served as the head coach for Northwestern State University during the 2005 campaign, which saw the Lady Demons amass a 35-28 record while averaging 4.7 runs per game.
As an assistant at Auburn University, he guided the Tigers to two NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances in 2002 and 2004. The Tigers also ranked as high as #12 in the nation in 2004. Following a successful 2004 campaign, the Tigers' staff earned South Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
SUMMER CAMP PARTICULARS
Camp availability is limited! Camp is open to any and all entrants. To reserve your place in camp, you can do one of two things:
- Register on-line by completing the registration form and paying your registration in full with a credit card;
- Mail in your completed application with full payment.
Registration will be at the field on the first day of camp (time will be announced soon). A confirmation e-mail and information packet will be sent once camp registration is received. Walk up campers will be taken if room is available for and increased rate.
GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION
DATES & AGE LIMITS
- Session I - June 13, 2016: Ages 7-13
Session II - June 14-15, 2016: Ages 14-18
- Session I: $100
- Session II: $200
- Session I: June 13, Time TBA at the Indiana Softball Complex
- Session II: June 14, Time TBA at the Indiana Softball Complex
- All Camps open to all and any entrants
- Please note that Indiana Camps and Clinics will not be responsible for anything lost or stolen
- Overnight accommodations will be made on your own while attending the camp.
- Parking will be provided at the softball field each day.
- Lunch will not be provided (campers should bring their own lunch). Gatorade and water will be provided.
- Campers will receive an Indiana Softball Camp t-shirt, please be sure to fill out size on the application form.
TENTATIVE DAILY SCHEDULE
- 9-12pm: Softball Skill Instruction
- 12pm-1pm: Lunch
- 1-4pm: Softball Skill Instruction
WHAT TO BRING
- Shorts/ Softball Pants
- Water Bottle
- Warm/ Rain Clothes
- Catchers gear if needed
DIRECTIONS TO BLOOMINGTON
You may retrieve directions by going to www.mapquest.com and typing in the destination of Foster Quad / N. Fee Lane /Bloomington, Indiana / 47405.
From the North & East
Take Hwy. 37 south out of Indianapolis and proceed 41 mile to Hwy. 45/46, Indiana University exit. Turn left (east) and go approximately 2.0 miles to Fee Lane and turn right. Follow Fee Lane approximately 1 mile to Foster Drive and turn left. Foster is the first left turn after the baseball field and follow signs to check-in.
From the West
Take Hwy. 46 into Bloomington. After crossing Hwy. 37, take Hwy 45/46 approximately 2.0 miles to Fee Lane and turn right. Follow Fee Lane approximately 1 mile to Foster Drive and turn left. Foster is the first left turn after the baseball field and follow signs to check-in.
From the South
Take Hwy. 37 north and proceed to Hwy. 45/46, Indiana University exit. Turn right (east) and go approximately 2.0 miles to Fee Lane and turn right. Follow Fee Lane approximately 1 mile to Foster Drive and turn left. Foster is the first left turn after the baseball field and follow signs to check-in.