Nike Baseball Camp Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan
NIKE Baseball Camps is excited to host a second year of camp in Michigan at Davenport University. This camp will be instructed by the Davenport University coaching staff and guarantees campers will take their game to the next level.
Directing the NIKE Baseball Camp at Davenport University is Head Baseball Coach Kevin Tidey. Tidey begins his third year as Head Coach for the Panthers Baseball Program after serving as an assistant from 2009-2011. Currently, the Panthers have been ranked #28 in the NAIA Coaches Pre-season Poll for the upcomng 2014 season.
- Professional instruction from college coaches
- 10:1 camper/staff ratio
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- Nike Camp T-shirt, Lanyard and Nike Prizes
- Multi-level ability grouping
NIKE Baseball Camps is excited to announce that for the 2013 summer, campers will get to train on the field where the Davenport baseball program hopes to bring their first conference championship home to. This became the new home of DU's baseball, softball, and tennis programs in the fall of 2012. The complex is located on 68th Street just south of the University's W.A. Lettinga Campus and Farmers Insurance Group offices in Caledonia Township. Dimensions for the baseball field are 330' to left and right field and 400' to center with seating for 300 fans. Artificial turf will be utilized for the entire baseball field and outfield for the softball stadium.Meet your coaching staff
In his inaugural year in the dugout as the head coach, Tidey led the Panthers to a school record 35 wins and a second place finish in the conference. Tidey coached four 1st Team All-WHAC performers in 2012.
Tidey came to DU from Sparta High School where he helped build the Spartans program into one of the elite baseball powerhouses in the state of Michigan. At Sparta, his teams won four District Titles, one Regional Championship and made one appearance in the Quarterfinals. Tidey compiled a record of 66-11 in his last two seasons with the Spartans as they were ranked in the Top 5 in Division II each season.Read Full Bio
Kevin's playing experience goes back to Grand Rapids JC and Aquinas College where he received all-conference and all-region honors at JC.
Tidey and his wife Sunny reside in Sparta, MI and four kids: Cade and triplets Brock, Jaeger and Presley.
Doug Wabeke begins his second season at Davenport. Wabeke comes to Davenport with a wealth of experience in coaching. Wabeke served as the Head Coach of Grand Valley State during the teams 1984 GLIAC Championship season and then went on to be the Assistant Coach at Miami University in 1985.
From 1987-2004, Wabeke served as the Head Coach at Grand Rapids CC guiding the program to 14 Michigan Community College Athletic Association Titles, nine Region XII Championships and captured four National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships. Wabake has also spent time coaching USA Baseball.
Wabeke, a graduate of Central Michigan University, played two seasons at GRCC where he earned All-American honors and played two seasons at Central Michigan earning All-Academic honors in both seasons. From 1980-1984, Wabeke played professionally in the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.
Ryan McCosky begins his second season as the Head Coach for the DU Junior Varsity Baseball Team. McCosky spent the last four years at Concordia University Ann Arbor where he served the Interim Head Coach, Head JV coach and Asst. Coach while earning his Master’s degree.
While at Concordia he spent time coaching third base and worked with the outfielders as well as running the strength and conditioning program. Last season, McCosky was heavily involved in all aspects of the program. McCosky also coached for the Michigan Sports Academy travel baseball program the past two summers as head coach of the 16U and 18U teams and serves as a hitting instructor for the US Baseball Academy during the winter months.
McCosky played two years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before transferring to Concordia. He was All-Conference and All-Academic as an outfielder in his final season.
Ryan McCosky currently resides in Dorr, Mich.
Eric begins his second year as an assistant coach at Davenport University and will work directly with the pitching staff. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Lawrence was also a standout at CMU as well as Grand Rapids CC.
As a Chippewa, Eric was a two-year varsity letter winner and was named the MAC Player of the Week on two different occasions. As a Raider at GRCC, Lawrence was an All-American and helped the team to the NJCAA National Championship in 2005.
Lawrence served as a Volunteer Assistant Pitching Coach for Central Michigan in 2008-09 and helped out GRCC in the summer of 2010.
Eric is currently working on his MBA here at Davenport and resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
Includes all baseball and and night activities, all meals from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on Wednesday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
Includes all baseball and night activities, dinner on Sunday, lunch and dinner Monday-Tuesday. Extended day campers will be picked up at 9:00p.m. each day aside from Wednesday when camp ends at 12 noon.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival (Extended Day Campers), stretching
- 9:00 a.m. Individual instruction and drill work
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch, free time
- 1:00 p.m. Fundamental instruction and drills, position play
- 4:30 p.m. Free time, relax, visit with friends
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Games
- 8:30 p.m. Chalk talks, evening activities
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out!