Dan Carey, Camp Director
Dan Carey recently completed his first season as head coach of the Wisconsin GLO, a professional women’s basketball team in Oshkosh, WI. Carey led the GLO to an undefeated 14-0 record and league champions of the Global Women’s Basketball Association. He was also named the 2019 GWBA Coach of the Year.
Carey is also entering his third season as a varsity boys basketball assistant coach at his alma mater, Pius XI Catholic High School. Before coming back to Pius XI, Carey was a member of Kyle Rechlicz’s coaching staff with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Women’s Basketball. From 2015-2017, Carey served as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, helping the Panthers reach the postseason each season. His primary responsibilities included point guards and shooting guards position coach, as well as the coordination and organization of all program recruiting, with a specialty focus on the state of Wisconsin. In his first two years at UW-Milwaukee (2013-2015), Carey was the Video Coordinator in charge of all film exchange, editing and game breakdown for scouting, and also assisting with administrative duties in the program.
Prior to arriving at UW-Milwaukee, Carey spent four seasons as the head varsity girls basketball coach at Hamilton High School in Sussex, WI, developing the girls’ team into one of the top programs in the state in his four years. Carey led the Chargers to a pair of Greater Metro Conference championships, the first time in program history Hamilton had won a league title. Carey went 68-27 in four years at Hamilton, recording a 38-9 record his last two seasons which included a 25-3 mark in league play in that span. His first season at the school produced the program’s first winning record since 1991.
Carey’s coaching career includes stints with Pius XI as a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach, and with Holmen High School as the junior varsity assistant coach. He was also a health and fitness educator at Templeton Middle School in Sussex.
Carey has extensive experience with youth basketball camps, having worked as a camp counselor at camps such as UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, Marquette, Michigan State, and the Dick Luther Action Basketball Camps.
Carey played at Pius XI Catholic High School, where he was a member of the last WISAA State Championship Boys Basketball team in 2000. He and his wife, Lydia, have three daughters: Emily, Maggie and Audrey.
Shawna Nicols, Camp Instructor
Shawna Nicols is currently an Elite Trainer and AAU Coach for 1-on-1 Milwaukee who has trained and coached players at all levels from youth to professional. Shawna played basketball professionally in Holland, and collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. She was also a standout 3-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball and softball) at Pius XI Catholic High School. Shawna’s decorated high school career playing basketball for the Lady Popes included three State and 4 Conference Championships. She was Honorable Mention All-American, 1st Team All-State, and the 2000 Gatorade Player of the Year in Wisconsin.
In addition to her basketball training and coaching, Shawna is a professional DJ, and is the official DJ for the Wisconsin Badgers football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball teams. She is a published author, motivational speaker, fashion designer, and host of the “Dare To Be” podcast.