Coach O’Brien is a 2012 graduate of the University of Buffalo with a degree in Communication. She holds the University of Buffalo and Mid-American Conference records for the shot put (57-7) and the discus (193-7). She qualified for and participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the discus and the shot put in Eugene, Oregon in 2012.
While she was a high school thrower at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine in 2008, O'Brien won the New England Championship with a throw of 161-11 in the discus and 51-5 in the shot put. She went on to win the National Scholastic Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina with a throw of 52-1 ¾, and finished second in the discus.
"As both a coach and an athlete, I have found that the biggest gains come from being a student of the sport, looking into the why's and how's of the throw. I am very excited to be returning to the Panther Pond camp, which creates a unique environment for both learning, and bonding between campers. I look forward to working with these girls and helping break down the throw into its simplest of terms. The simpler, the better is my philosophy!"
Coach O’Brien worked for two years at the Absolute Performance Training Center in Buffalo. At the Training Center she worked with all levels of performance training, including work with NFL prospects and players preparing for their next combine. She also worked extensively with varsity and junior varsity high school athletes on weight lifting for high school sports.
Becky also has eight years of track and field coaching experience in Maine and New York. For the past four years Becky has worked full time designing strength and conditioning workouts for athletes in southern Maine.
Peter ("Coach") has been the head coach of men's and women's track and field at Bowdoin College since 1987, and has been running camps for over 25 years - serving as founder and director of the Bowdoin Summer Day Camp since 1989, and co-founder and co-director of the Dick Fosbury Track Camp. Coach earned a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Stanford University in 1980.
Steve Slovenski, director, lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Courtney and their son, Sawyer. He teaches high school math, physics, robotics, and engineering at USN. Steve graduated from Princeton University where he founded a club for dodgeball, laser tag, and other active events. Steve has a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University and has been teaching and directing Slovenski Camps since 2010.
Also goes by 'Camp Mom', Dugan is a mother of three boys. She is "outnumbered, but not outsmarted". She earned a B.A. in History from Stanford University in 1980, and a public teacher certification from Bates College in 1985. She is an experienced SAT tutor and former high school math teacher.
Paul is the assistant athletic director at Noble HS in Maine. Paul has years of experience supervising waterfront activities to ensure maximum safety. He graduated from Bates College where he was the Captain of the Track and Soccer Teams
Dave Slovenski, program director, is a graduate of Princeton University where he held the Ivy League Pole Vault record and ran the school dodgeball tournament. Dave coached track & field at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before teaching math, physics, and robotics at Choate Rosemary Hall and then Franklin Road Academy. When he’s not at camp, Dave lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Ieva.
We are in the hiring process for 2019 counselors. We look for counselors with integrity, strong values, independence, character, and work ethic who have a variety of skills in sports, music, arts, medicine, and academics. We train them to maintain a safe environment while facilitating activities. Many of our counselors started out as campers and return for multiples years on the staff.