Kevin Griffin has been head coach of EMU's women's basketball team for the last nine seasons. Coincidentally, that's how long the school has run a basketball camp in the summer for girls ages five through 18.
The Royals coaching staff has been working since Sunday with young basketball players, many from around the Valley.
Griffin says the camp has doubled since it first started nine years ago, growing to over 110 kids taking the court this week.
The hope is that some of these young athletes may be playing for EMU down the road.
That possibility makes camps like this important to the program.
"At the end of the day, we still have to have the best players," said Griffin. "Whether they are from Broadway or Harrisonburg or not. Now we would love to have all local kids. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work like that. So we need a relationship with those kids and we need it from an early age, that helps. Obviously any of those kids that love basketball and want to go maybe play in college and get an education, we want to have an established relationship with them and if they're on our campus and in our gym and with our players and our staff then that does give you an advantage and that's kind of neat."
EMU is coming off a 22-6 year, including an appearance in the NCAA tournament and just one conference loss in regular season play.
Coach Griffin admits while there might be some confidence heading into next year, it's a whole new ball game in the fall.
"I think we're in a good spot but I think honestly last year, other than the confidence perspective or confidence feeling for those returning kids, last year doesn't mean much," said Griffin. "It's what have you done today, what have you done lately and that's the way it's going to be. Nobody in October, when we come in here and warm up and practice and play and get at it, nobody in our league cares about what we did last year, including us really."