Last year, Notre Dame Football opened its training camp at Shiloh Park Camp Retreat and Conference Center. This year, Notre Dame is looking for a similar experience but at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. Culver Military Academy is located 45 minutes south of the University of Notre Dame. At Culver, the Irish will get the same type of experience but upgraded from last year.
Brian Kelly said of going to Culver Academies:
“Culver Military Academy will provide a unique and rewarding opportunity for our football program as we embark on the 2014 season. Culver holds a special place in my heart as my family has participated in camps on the grounds for years. We were able to initiate a successful program last year at Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center. Culver will significantly help improve the experience for our team this fall.”
The Head of Culver Academies John Buxton said:
“We are happy to welcome Notre Dame back to Culver. Culver and the Irish have enjoyed a great relationship through years dating back to Knute Rockne and Bob Peck. Lou Holtz brought his teams here in 1995 and 1996. Our teams have played at ND on several occasions and Notre Dame teams have used our facilities over the years. This exchange gives our coaches and student-athletes the opportunity to see in action the ideals we aspire to with our programs.”
Obviously, Brian Kelly thought the trip to Shiloh Park paid dividends for his players last year despite their 9-4 record. The trip away from Notre Dame will not make them better football player. But, it will make them better teammates and leaders for the upcoming season.
It is interesting to note that three teams who traveled away from Notre Dame to begin training finished 6-5-1, 9-3 and 9-4.