Volleyball Prospect Camp for 2021
Alfred University typically offers many sports camps during the summer, both residential and day. For 2021, and with coronavirus safety precautions in mind, we are pleased to announce that several camps will be available on-campus for in-person instruction in a day camp, non-residential format. And while all proper safety protocols will be maintained, there's little doubt your camper will be thrilled with being active and learning alongside their peers once again!
Friday, June 18th
Application Deadline: June 1st
This day camp is for high school student athletes who wish to train at a high level of volleyball by growing their game and having fun. It's designed to enhance the technical aspects of your positional skills, grow your knowledge of the game with fundamentals and system based drills and get you ready to compete at the college level.
This camp is directed by Dakota Pruiss, Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball at AU. Dakota Pruiss was appointed head women’s volleyball coach at Alfred University in February 2017. Since taking over the helm at AU, Pruiss has led the Saxons to back-to-back Empire 8 Championship tournament appearances - a feat that had previously not been accomplished in program history.
In her first two seasons at the helm of the Saxons, Pruiss has taken them to back-to-back Empire 8 playoffs for the first time in school history. The team set another program record as they earned the AVCA Team Academic Award in consecutive seasons. Before being appointed at Alfred University, Pruiss was the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach at SUNY New Paltz.
New Paltz enjoyed tremendous success during Pruiss’s tenure there, compiling a record of 72-31 record (24-3 in league play) in three seasons. The team won a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship in 2014, the second in program history, and was SUNYAC championship tournament runners-up in 2015 and 2016.
Pruiss, who coached the defense at New Paltz, helped guide 11 New Paltz players to all-conference honors, including two league Players of the Year, a Co-Player of the Year, a Rookie of the Year, and a Defensive Player of the Year. Two of the squads Pruiss helped coach – the 2014-15 and 2015-16 teams – earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Awards.
In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Pruiss has also been active as a coach with Iroquois-Empire Volleyball Association (IREVA) High Performance, a regional volleyball program run through USA Volleyball, which covers Eastern New York. Since 2014, she has served as assistant coach for IREVA High Performance, mentoring some of the top high school players in the state, from January 2016 – August 2018 had been the organization’s assistant director. Athletes from the IREVA High Performance program have gone on to play at
Division I, II, and III institutions; ranging from: Purdue University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Syracuse University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, Lemoyne College, the College of Saint Rose, Ithaca College, Clarkson University, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, and Alfred University.
Pruiss is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics in 2014. While at Potsdam, she was a member of the women’s volleyball team, serving as team captain in 2012 and 2013.
Further information, including a detailed camp schedule, dress and attire, supplies and other requirements will be sent upon acceptance.
The cost is $90. A $45 deposit is required.
How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.
To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):
Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Dakota Pruiss or Matt Lake.
Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.
The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north).
Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.