About Archmere

Sports Camps

Ready to hone your skills and have some fun this summer?

Archmere Academy is hosting sports camps this summer for kids entering 3rd through 8th grade of all skill levels. Sports have always been an integral part of life on the Archmere campus. The school has won 32 state championships in its storied history including most recently: Volleyball in 2014, Boys Soccer in 2019, and our newly crowned undefeated State Champion Football Team. Archmere has produced numerous all-state, college, and professional athletes.

Get training from the best coaches in the area. Archmere sports camps will teach the fundamentals in sport-specific areas. Archmere Academy will offer sessions in basketball, baseball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, softball, running, and wrestling. Our staff will not only cultivate your skills in your sport, but they will also give you a fun-filled experience that will have you wanting to come back again. Discounts will be provided for campers that attend for more than one week. 

Athletes may sign up for one camp per week. Each camp runs Monday through Thursday. Full-day sessions run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, and half-day sessions run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Camp Fees

Full Day Camp
$300 per week, per camper 

Half Day Camp 
$175 per week, per camper

Multi-Camp Discount
Receive a $30 discount for signing up for two sports camps, or a $70 discount for signing up for three or more!

2022 Camp Offerings

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  • Wrestling | June 20-23

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTOR: Mike Brainard

    Archmere Academy’s Wrestling camp aims to provide meaningful instruction to wrestlers both beginning and experienced in the sport. Campers will be divided into groups from 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade. Wrestling techniques will be provided through small group instruction, drilling, and games. These techniques and drills are designed for all campers to give them an advantage going into their upcoming seasons. Clinicians will teach techniques and drills that cover proper positioning, highly effective setups, takedowns, and scoring from defensive positions from neutral. On the mat, the focus will be on building a base, active hands, hip positioning, and chain wrestling from bottom. Top technique and drilling will focus on breaking down the bottom man, chain wrestling, and turns. The finer points on turning an opponent with legs, tilts, and cradles will be instructed in small groups. Clinicians and counselors will also stress the importance of mental preparation in the sport. We hope every camper has had a productive, safe, and fun experience and develops new skills to be better prepared for wrestling and life by the end of our camp.
  • Baseball | June 20-23

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTOR: Nick Sanna '98

    Archmere Academy Baseball Camp will focus on the fundamentals of baseball. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the game, the camp will have something for all levels and skill sets. Archmere Baseball Camp will lay the foundation for success on the diamond. The campers will be broken down into groups based on age level. Skills will focus on: infield/outfield techniques, hitting, throwing, and baserunning. The focus of camp will be the integratgration of fundamentals blended with fun filled games and contests. The goal for each camper will be to come out of the camp with new tools and helpful techniques while having fun in a top notch environment. 
  • Track & Field | June 20-23

    HALF-DAY
    FEE: $175
    DIRECTOR: JR Creekmore '11 & Mark Hannagan

    Archmere Academy Track and Field Camp seeks to expose young athletes to the potential that the sport of track and field holds. From novice athletes to the more seasoned track and field athletes to those that want to increase their speed in the off-season, Archmere Track and Field Camp seeks to teach 3rd through 8th grade students the basics of the speed and power events in track and field. During camp, athletes will focus on skill development in the sprints, jumps, relays, and throws. Campers will have the opportunity to improve upon their skills in everything from the high jump to the 100m dash through drills and fun-filled competitions that reinforce the fundamentals of each event. Hopefully, every athlete finishes camp inspired by all that the sport of track and field offers and feels more confident in their ability to sprint, jump, or throw!
  • Football | June 27-30

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTORS: John Bellace and Jon Yasik ‘05 

    Archmere Academy’s Football Camp will focus on the fundamentals necessary to be successful in the game of football, both individually and as a team. This will include:
    • Learning techniques from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and for multiple football positions.
    • Fun competition through various activities like one on one drills and 7 on 7 games. 
    • Learning how to watch and analyze game film and better understand play design and “chalk talks” for off-field development.
    • Learning and practicing goal-setting, team-building and leadership skills through discussions with our athletes and coaches. 
    • Safe and proper strength training and speed/agility work.

    Players will be divided into groups from 3-5th grade and 6th-8th grade and the programs will be appropriate for age.  Younger players will be encouraged to try and learn all positions; Older players can decide whether to focus on one or more positions based on their experience.  No experience playing football is necessary - just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn!  By the end of our camp, we hope each athlete has learned skills to be a better leader, teammate, and player and, most importantly, have FUN playing football! 
  • Volleyball | June 27-30

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTOR: Jerry McCarthy

    Archmere Academy's Volleyball camp aims to teach the players fundamental volleyball skills to be the best volleyball player they can be. The skill sets they'll learn will challenge the camper both physically and mentally. The campers will learn to pass, serve (standing float or jump float), and the proper hitting footwork and arm swing. As the campers are going through the drills and game situations, they will be asked "What if" questions to help them learn how the game is played and to help the campers develop their Volleyball IQ.
  • Cross Country | June 27-30

    HALF-DAY 
    FEE: $175
    DIRECTORS: JR Creekmore '11 & Mark Hannagan

    Young and developing runners of all abilities between 3rd and 8th grade have an opportunity to enjoy the sport of cross country during the summer months. During the camp, runners will have the opportunity to jumpstart their summer running, learn about valuable training ideas, and meet others in the young, local, running community through a fun-filled week of camp. Archmere’s beautiful campus with grass fields and varying terrain will allow athletes to run on cross country-type courses without leaving campus. There will be a focus on the development of the whole athlete in addition to just running including mental preparation, running form, and resistance training among others. Hopefully, each runner finishes camp inspired by what they can achieve through running with a desire to use what they learn and continue their running throughout the summer and fall!
  • Soccer | July 11-14

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTORS: Jon Jezyk & Kyle Bardeer

    Archmere Academy Soccer Camp will provide its boys and girls campers with a learning experience where players can have fun, learn more about the game of soccer, and improve their skills and understanding through drills and mini-games.  Archmere Soccer Camp welcomes campers from 3rd to 8th grades and will adjust groupings based upon age, experience, and skill level to place campers in the best learning environment.  The day will entail sessions where we will focus on individual ball control, passing, and shooting, along with offensive and defensive concepts.  We will use small-sided games to provide opportunities to put these skills into practice.  We hope that by the end of the week campers will have learned a few new skills, improved upon what they already know, and had a fun time playing soccer! 
  • Field Hockey | July 11-14

    HALF-DAY
    FEE: $175
    DIRECTOR: Heidi Dell'Oso

    The Archmere Field Hockey Camp teaches the fundamentals of the game along with skills and drills that will develop a camper’s overall game. The camp will be run on Archmere’s beautiful turf field. The camp will focus on perfecting skills such as stick work,  dribbling, receiving, and passing. The camp will also feature competitive drills and games along with fun competitions. Bonds will be made, skills will be learned and fun will be had.
  • Lacrosse | July 18-21

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTOR: Pete Duncan

    The mission of Archmere Academy Lacrosse Camp is to provide its boys and girls campers with a learning experience where players can have fun, learn about the right way to play the game of lacrosse, and be exposed to the life values of hard work, physical education, camaraderie, and positive self-esteem.  Archmere Academy Lacrosse Camps are designed for boys and girls looking for improvement with all lacrosse skills, concepts, and strategies at each position on the field.  All skill levels are welcome as campers will be divided by gender, age, and in some cases, skill level.
  • Softball | July 18-21

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTOR: Dan Pisani

    Archmere Academy Softball Camp will develop all the fundamental skills of softball in a fun and safe environment. They will learn and develop all 5 tools that it takes to be a better player.  Each day will focus on hitting, throwing, base running, pitching, and catching. Players will be broken up into stations in the morning that will focus on skill development.  Afternoons will focus on games, competitions, and contests.
  • Basketball | July 25-28

    FULL DAY
    FEE: $300
    DIRECTORS: Dan Pisani & Nick Sanna '98

    Archmere Academy Basketball Camp is an excellent opportunity to learn and develop in the game of basketball. Archmere Academy has two full-court gyms and a staff that is energetic and ready to meet the needs of players of all levels. Campers will be broken down by age and skill level. The day will be centered around skill sessions, games, and fun competitions. Skill sessions will include ball handling, shooting technique, passing, and offensive moves along with the essentials of defense. Have a great experience while learning the game of basketball the right way.

Meet the Coaches

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  • Dan Pisani

    Dan Pisani has been the head coach of the Archmere softball program since 2014. In 2021, he helped lead the Auks to their first state tournament victory in over 10 years. Prior to Archmere, Coach Pisani spent 6 years coaching at Appoquinimink High School where he started the softball program and qualified for the state tournament in each of the school’s first two varsity seasons.  He has won 84 career games at the varsity level and was twice named Conference Coach of the Year.  

    Dan Pisani has been the head coach of the Archmere girls varsity basketball team since 2015 where he has helped lead the Auks to 7 state tournament appearances with at least one tournament win each year including back-to-back quarter-final appearances in 2020 and 2021. Prior to Archmere, Coach Pisani started the girls' basketball programs at both Appoquinimink High School and Newark Charter School. He has 155 career wins at the varsity level and was named Coach of the Year for Northern Delaware for the 2019-2020 season. He has coached numerous athletes that have gone on to play basketball at Division 1, 2, and 3 levels. 

    Coach Pisani is a member of the Archmere faculty where he teaches math.
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  • Heidi Dell'Oso

    Heidi Dell'Oso is from Lancaster County Pa originally and played at Warwick High School. She was recruited and played at Ohio University and was named Rookie of the Week in 1992. She finished her collegiate career at Elizabethtown College where she was a 2-time 1st team All-American and in 2011 she was inducted into the Elizabethtown Athletic Hall of Fame. Her passion and love of the game brought her to Delaware where she became a coach. She continues to play the game she loves at a high level. In 2016, Coach Dell'Oso was selected to play on the United States Masters Field Hockey team. 

    Coach Dell'Oso has been involved with Field Hockey in Delaware since 2012. Dell‘Oso has been coaching at the high school level as a Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach since 2013. In 2020 Coach Dell'Oso was named Archmere Academy Head Coach of the Archmere Academy Field Hockey team. In her 8 years as a high school coach, she has taken her team to the State Tournament 7 out of the 8 years. In 2020 and 2021 Coach Dell'Oso was named Diamond State Conference Coach of the Year.

    Coach Dell'Oso continues to play the game at a high level. In 2016, Coach Dell'Oso was selected to play on the United States Masters Field Hockey team.
  • Jerry McCarthy

    Coach McCarthy enters his second season at the helm of the Archmere Volleyball Program. Coach believes in teaching each player the fundamental skills that it takes to be a successful volleyball player and start to develop an understanding of the game. Coach leads by example to show his players that with hard work anything can be achieved. Coach’s philosophy is that through team sports, players will build confidence and resilience in themselves. 
     
    Coach McCarthy has coached volleyball at all different age levels. He has been a clinician at numerous camps across the tri-state area. He has been a fixture on the travel volleyball circuit. Prior to Archmere, Coach McCarthy was the head coach at St. Elizabeth High School where he was named the 2017 DVCA Coach of the Year.
  • John Bellace

    John Bellace has been the head varsity football coach for the past six seasons. Coach Bellace has produced football players that have gone on to play NCAA football at Division I, II, and III levels. During his tenure, the Auks have achieved an overall record of 50-14, four straight state tournament bids (2018-2021), two championship appearances (2020, 2021), and a Class 2A State Championship in 2021.  Bellace was named Division II Coach of the Year in 2020 and the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2021.  He also helps coach Archmere's rugby team. Coach Bellace has been a faculty member and coach at Archmere since 2000.
  • Jon Jezyk

    Jon Jezyk is a graduate of Salesiaum where he was a member of the State Championship soccer team. Coach Jezyk went on to star in college at Catholic University.

    Coach Jezyk has been coaching all levels of high school soccer for over 20 years. He has 25 plus years of experience coaching both soccer and swimming. He is a seasoned veteran when it comes to working summer camps and various Showcase events.

    Coach Jezyk has been a mainstay on the high school circuit. Under his leadership Coach, Jezyk’s Archmere Auks won the school’s 1st ever State Championship in Boys Soccer in 2019. Besides coaching soccer at Archmere,  Jezyk has been a School Counselor on the Archmere Faculty for 15 years.
  • Jon Yasik '05

    Jon Yasik has been a member of the Archmere Football Coaching Staff since 2016, He spent the 2014 season coaching at Wilmington Charter. He has been the Archmere JV head coach for the past two seasons; going undefeated in the 2021 season. Coach Yasik graduated from Archmere in 2005 after playing on the football team for four years, going to the state championship in 2003, and represented Archmere in the 2005 Blue-Gold All-Star football game. He continued his football career at Franklin & Marshall College where he played slot receiver and punt returner for four seasons. 
  • JR Creekmore '11

    JR Creekmore has been an avid distance runner and athlete since he was in grade school. He graduated from Archmere Academy in 2011 after making All-State teams in cross country, track & field, and swimming. During his tenure at Archmere, he was also a key member of two state cross country championships. He still holds school records on the track and in the pool. JR then went on to the University of Tennessee where he competed for the Volunteers on the cross country and track teams, lettering all four years.
    After graduation, JR joined the National Development team for USA Triathlon. At his peak, he was ranked 12th in the US and in the top 250 in the world at the draft-legal, Olympic discipline. 

    In 2017 Coach Creekmore returned to his alma mater as a science teacher and coach. He now has a combined 12 seasons of coaching experience in cross country and track & field – 8 as a head coach. During that time, he has coached multiple athletes to All-State teams in cross country, plus cross country teams to as high as 3rd place at the state championship. On the track, he specializes in coaching sprints, jumps, and hurdles. He coached the girls’ and boys’ track teams both to their highest team finishes in more than 10 years after becoming the head coach. He has also coached multiple state podium finishers in a full range of events including the 100m dash, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, and 300m hurdles in addition to a state championship in the high jump. 

    Coach Creekmore is passionate about track and field and watching student-athletes reach their full potential. JR strongly believes in the power of continuing track and field education and he is USATF Level 1 certified. When not coaching or teaching, JR can be found running on his own. He recently completed his first marathon in 2:43.
  • Kyle Bardeer

    Kyle Bardeer has been with the Archmere girls soccer program for the last 8 seasons. In 2021 Coach Bardeer was named Archmere Girls Soccer Varsity Soccer coach replacing the legendary Mike Finizio. In six full seasons with Bardeer on the staff, the team compiled a record of 70-22-4 record with 6 tournament appearances.  

    Prior to his tenure at Archmere, Coach Bardeer worked as a trainer for both the Whitpain Warriors U8 Boys travel soccer club and for individual players looking to prepare for their college seasons.

    Coach Bardeer played college soccer at Division II Chestnut Hill College. Besides his coaching duties, he is also a member of the Archmere Academy History department. 
  • Mark Hannagan

    Coach Hannagan has been coaching at different levels, including both high school and college, for over 6 years. He ran for Salesianum School, University of Delaware, and Wilmington University. While at Wilmington he helped the team reach the NCAA Championship in 2013 and went on to coach a conference championship team in 2015. Currently, he coaches alongside Coach Creekmore at Archmere. He hopes to push athletes to get the most out of themselves. Coach Hannigan is a current faculty member at Archmere serving as a History teacher.
  • Mike Brainard

    Coach Brainard has been head coach of Archmere Academy’s wrestling team for four years. He led the Auks to two straight DIAA Dual-Team Championship berths in 2019 and 2020. He has 18 years of experience coaching high school wrestling, having previously coached at Conrad Schools of Science and McKean High School; both located in Wilmington, DE. Coach Brainard is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach and coaches Delaware’s USA Wrestling Teams during the off-season. He has coached over 20 DIAA State Qualifiers and 5 DIAA State Placers since 2006. He also has experience coaching high school football and lacrosse
  • Nick Sanna '98

    Coach Sanna is a '98 graduate of Archmere Academy. At Archmere he starred in football, basketball, and baseball and was named Athlete of the Year. After graduating from Archmere he went on to LaSalle University where he played both football and baseball at the collegiate Division I level.

    Sanna is currently in his 3rd season as the head baseball coach at his alma mater. Last season the team finished 12-5 including a win over State Champion Delaware Military. Over the years coach Sanna has coached several players that have gone on to play at the college and professional level.

    Coach Sanna has been running camps and clinics for over 15 years. He is Co-Founder of Basketball the Right Way. He is Co-Director of St. Edmond’s Basketball Camp. He is the Founder of Sports Camps at the Academy. He was previously the Baseball Camp Director of Sanford Baseball Camp. In 2016 Sanna was inducted into the Archmere Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to coaching baseball, he also coaches basketball. He currently works on the Advancement team, is the Assistant Athletic Director, and teaches Spanish at Archmere Academy, and holds a Master's Degree from Wilmington University in Leadership.
  • Pete Duncan

    Coach Pete Duncan is currently Head Boys' Lacrosse Coach at Archmere Academy and, most recently in 2021, guided the Auks to a 15-3 record and state semifinal appearance. Selected Delaware State Coach of the Year in 2012 and DSAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2017, 2018, and 2019. Overall coaching record of 198-90 in 18 seasons as high school head coach. Has coached 17 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Americans, including three selected State Player of the Year (2006, 2016, 2019). Over 50 former players have gone on to play NCAA lacrosse. 

    Coach Duncan was raised in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey where he was an All-American and starter on state championship teams in 1995 and 1996. Coach Duncan played Division I lacrosse at the University of Delaware. While at UD, the Blue Hens made the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in 1999 before losing to eventual champion Virginia.  

    Coach Duncan has a B.A. from University of Delaware and a Masters of Education from Wilmington University.

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    Nicholas Sanna 

    World Language and Cultures Teacher; Assistant Athletic Director; Alumni Relations
    302-798-6632 Ext 732

Sports Camp Weeks

Week 1 | June 20 – 23
  • Baseball (full day)
  • Wrestling (full day)
  • Track & Field (half day)

Week 2 | June 27 – 30 
  • Football (full day)
  • Volleyball (full day)
  • Cross Country (half day)

Week 3 | July 11 – 14
  • Soccer (full day)
  • Field Hockey (half day)

Week 4 | July 18 – 21
  • Lacrosse (full day)
  • Softball (full day)

Week 5 | July 25 – 28
  • Basketball (full day)
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.