DePaul Volleyball is excited to offer our new Elite Skill Camp Series for 2020! Our camps are carefully designed to provide athletes with technique based skill instruction as well as intensive drills and competition. Led by Head Coach Marie Zidek and Assistant Coaches Nick Vogel and Erin Higgins, campers will gain knowledge from a staff that has extensive experience coaching volleyball at levels ranging from middle school beginners through top-10 Division I NCAA and international levels of play. Additionally, campers will have the opportunity to spend time with current student-athletes, tour our campus, and utilize our athletic facilities thus gaining insight into the life of a Division I NCAA volleyball player.
***Camps are open to any and all participants entering grades 8-13 (graduating HS seniors)
Head Coach Marie Zidek and the Blue Demon Volleyball Program are coming off one of the most successful seasons in almost 2 decades! With the completion of the 2020 season, she and her squad finished with the second highest win total and the highest finish EVER in the Big East! The staff and team are energized to continue to build and grow as they push the needle forward for this program. Prior to DePaul, Coach Zidek completed 4 incredibly successful years at the University of San Diego helping guide the team to 4 NCAA tournament berths and multiple WCC Conference Championships. Coach Zidek takes over Blue Demon Volleyball bringing her high-level expertise of elite volleyball training from multiple schools, conferences, and countries and an infectious passion for the game.
After a playing career that started in San Diego, Nick played collegiate volleyball at UCLA and then professionally overseas while simultaneously competing with the USA Men's National Team. Combining skills cultivated from experience all over the world, Nick brings a variety of coaching/playing styles that he's melded into a perfect fit for success at Depaul.
As the newest addition to the DePaul Volleyball Family, Erin adds to the depth of knowledge and expertise of the staff. Additionally, she possesses an energy and personality that are truly unrivalled. Her presence in the gym is fun, exciting, and exceptionally educational.
McGrath-Phillips Arena, housed in the Sullivan Athletic Center on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus was renamed in the Summer of 2006 in honor of a pair of former members of the DePaul athletics family. Opened in the Spring of 2000, the facility was originally named the DePaul Athletic Center until July 22, 2006, as the facility was renamed the Sullivan Athletic Center to memorialize the achievement of legendary DePaul athletic director and visionary Gene Sullivan. Though his tenure was relatively short, his impact has been long-lasting. One of Sullivan's legacies is that of inclusion, providing enhanced opportunities for minority student-athletes and women.
Sullivan's vision in the emergence of cable television probably is his greatest legacy at DePaul. As a result of his forward-thinking, nearly a generation grew up watching nation-wide broadcasts of Blue Demon men's basketball, assisting in DePaul University's emergence into the largest Catholic university in the United States.
McGrath Arena is the heart of the Sullivan Athletic Center. The arena was dedicated in honor of Frank McGrath, legendary DePaul assistant men's basketball coach and administrator. Frank McGrath served DePaul for more than three decades first as an assistant coach to Blue Demon legend Ray Meyer. His legacy was one of hard work, loyalty, and dedication. McGrath's role as an assistant athletic director and director of facilities cemented his place in DePaul's history. Prior to working on Meyer's staff, he was an accomplished prep coach at DePaul Academy and Weber High School.
The facility was renamed McGrath-Phillips Arena in recognition of long-time DePaul benefactor Joni Phillips in 2011.
Opened in April of 2000 on the Lincoln Park campus, the Sullivan Athletic Center features sophisticated training and sports medicine equipment, three full-sized basketball courts and room to plan winning strategies. All of this gives DePaul student-athletes the competitive edge on and off the court. These facilities, combined with the escalating success by all of the Blue Demon teams, tell prospective student-athletes that when they choose DePaul, they commit to excellence. While the facility is going to lead to new and exciting milestones for the Blue Demons, DePaul's tradition is also on display. The history of success is evident as visitors step into the main concourse of the fan-friendly building. Alumni will feel the excitement of past victories as they explore the trophies and awards in the Hall of Fame. The students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Lincoln Park community, the new fans we'll attract, and all who experience this new building will understand DePaul's commitment to excellence.