Mount basketball camp a slam dunk
July 14, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
During the summer interim, Mount Saint Mary College
has been a little quieter than in the fall and spring semesters –
that is, not counting the sound of 30 basketballs bouncing on the
floor of the Kaplan Recreation Center.
Nearly three dozen girls from the local community, ages 7 to 16,
recently enjoyed a weeklong basketball camp at the Mount, which
focused on developing skills and a love of the game.
The sessions are part of the Mount’s sports camp series, which
this summer included tennis, boys’ basketball, and soccer.
The camp was coordinated by Michael Coppolino, head coach for
the Mount’s women’s basketball team and the men’s golf team.
In previous years, the college hosted a co-ed basketball camp.
This time, the boys and girls were broken into separate sessions to
provide more individualized coaching.
The players come from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels,
“We have the complete spectrum from A-Z,” he remarked, noting
that the camp hosts students brand new to the game as well as
older, more experienced players with Amateur Athletic Union and
summer league backgrounds.
The most rewarding part of the summer sports camps, said
Coppolino, is “watching the kids grow and develop not only from
week to week, but also from year to year.”
“You can even see improvement just throughout the week,” he
added. “Even from Monday to Friday, you’ll see improvement in a
Of course, the daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. camp wasn’t all skills and
drills: The players also got to enjoy commerarderie and classic
basketball games such as Around the World and Basketball Musical
Coppolino has been part of the Mount Knights since 2012 and will
begin his fifth season as head coach of the women’s basketball team
this fall. He has been with the Knights Golf team since its
beginnings in 2013 and will resume his post as head coach this