CAMP ALLEGHENY IS PLEASED TO PARTNER WITH GAME CHANGER SPORTS MINISTRY TO PROVIDE TOP TIER COACHING TO THESE BRAND NEW CHRISTIAN SPORTS CAMPS!
Sr High Boys Lacrosse Camp
For 14-17 year old boys who play or want to play varsity or JV lacrosse. Coach Buzzard will focus on the fundamentals as well as the immeasurable qualities that make players good at the game, good on a team, and good Christians in their sport. Campers will get to enjoy many of the other activities that Camp Allegheny has to offer, such as climbing wall, swimming, and the mud pit.
Coach Buzzard took the fledgling Pitt University program to new heights during his four year coaching tenure playing in both the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) finals and the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Tournament for the first time. He was named CCLA “Coach of the Year” in both 2012 and 2013. Coach Buzzard continues to work in lacrosse leadership as the Director of the CCLA.
Sr High Volleyball Camp
For 14-17 year old campers who either already play varsity or JV volleyball or would like to make the team next year, this event promises to bring skilled coaches who can teach more than just skills. Leadership, teamwork, and sporstmanship will also be important lessons as campers learn to connect the sport the enjoy to the God who loves them beyond their wildest dreams!
July 22-28 14-17 year olds $ 460 8VB
About the Coaches - Sara McMullen and Taylor Solo
Sara McMullen began first season as the head women's volleyball coach in 2016. She came to Loretto after serving as an assistant coach at Wooster College last season. She is the seventh head coach in program history.
In her season with Wooster, the Fighting Scots had a four-win improvement from the previous season and had its best start to a season since 1969. McMullen also helped mentor senior Savannah Moore to All-NCAC Honorable Mention honors.
McMullen spent the 2014 season at her alma mater, California (Pa.), as a volunteer assistant coach. The Vulcans finished 30-9 overall and 17-5 in PSAC play. Entering the PSAC Tournament as the fourth seed, California went on to win the conference title while losing just one set in its three tournament matches. In the NCAA Tournament, the Vulcans advanced to the Regional Championship for the ninth consecutive season before falling to Wheeling Jesuit.
McMullen was a standout player at Cal U, earning AVCA First-Team All-Region and All-PSAC Second-Team honors as a libero. She finished her career with the Vulcans ranked second in program history with 171 aces and seventh with 1,197 digs. McMullen helped foster a culture of success at Cal U as the team had a pair of appearances in the NCAA Div. II National Championship quarterfinals. The Vulcans also won three PSAC titles. In her four years with the program, Cal U had a record of 132-26.
Following her playing career, she began her coaching career as an assistant at Washington & Jefferson. After the Presidents went 10-16 in 2012, she helped guide the team to a five-win improvement in her second season as the team finished with a 15-11 record. That was the team’s best campaign in five years.
Coach Taylor was a four year starting setter at Penn-Trafford High School. During her high school career she was a, three-year captain, four-time First-Team All-Section, three-time All-District, two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East Feature Athlete, and First-Team All-State. In addition, she played club volleyball for the number 4 ranked team in the nation, Pittsburgh Elite. She competed in tournaments across the country and ultimately received an Athletic Scholarship to California University of Pennsylvania. While at California University of PA she received PSAC Scholar Athlete laurels all four of years and was chosen by her fellow teammates as team captain her junior and senior seasons. She finished her college career with a total of 1221 assists ranked 11th in the school’s history with total assists. Her freshman year she helped lead The Cal U Vulcans in winning a PSAC conference championship. Taylor’s junior year, while playing exclusively as a defensive specialist, her team won the Southwest Division of the PSAC. Her freshman and senior season Taylor ranked in the top 15 setters with total assists.
Joseph Bortak finished his third year as an assistant coach for the Westminster Titans women's volleyball team in 2017. Westminster's 2017 season saw them place 2nd in the President's Athletic Conference (PAC) and bring home the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship Title. The Titans finished this season with their best record in 20 years.
Bortak also played on the Juniata College men's volleyball team where he was a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American selection, including three First Team nods and was named to the All-Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) team all four years of undergraduate. Additionally, he was named on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star team multiple times. As a junior, Bortak helped Juniata win the CVC Championship and advance to the NCAA Division III national championships. In the same year, Bortak ranked second nationally in hitting percentage and 20th nationally in blocks.
Bortak has played in multiple tournaments, including ones in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Michigan. He has helped coach at various schools, including his Alma Mater, Penn Trafford.