Nike Baseball Camp                       Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan

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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 completed his fourth 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. 

Highlights Include

  • 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

Training Facility

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
Camp Director

Kevin Tidey

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.

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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

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

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 Lawrence

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.


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Learn more about Nike Baseball Camp                       Davenport University
Camp Code: BAXRDU
Check In:
Overnight Campers: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Extended Day Campers: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check Out:
Graduation for all campers will be at 12:00 p.m. Parents are invited to attend! Check out will occur right after at the dorms. 

Overnight Camp
Includes all baseball and and night activities, all meals from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on Wednesday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
Extended Day Camp
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.

Registration Packet
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.​

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!
Davenport University finished 2103 with our most successfull season in school history.  The program finished the season with a 36-14 record just missing out on an at large bid for the NAIA National Tournament.  Davenport also finished the season ranked #34 in the final regular season poll.  Currently, the Panthers have been ranked #28 in the NAIA Coaches Pre-season Poll for the upcomng 2014 season. 

Read camper reviews


  • 5/5.

"Coach Tidey: I just wanted to thank you for putting on a quality baseball camp for  my grandson. You taught him some new things ,& reinforced some things that he was taught previously. The facilities I understand from my wife & daughter were 1st class! Last year as an 11 y/o he played for a Springfield,Ohio 10U team that had a coach   that was good friends with Ohio State’s Baseball Coach. He used a lot of their drills & fundamentals which was quite helpful . He had an excellent experience at your camp!"


  • 5/5.
Better Appreciation for the Game

"They helped my son to appreciate the game of baseball on and off the field. I would highly recommend this camp to other ball players. I look forward to my son attending the camp next year with his little brother."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Genuine, Knowledgeable Coaches

"My coach surpassed my expectations as a coach and as a person. He is very genuine and knowledgeable about the sport of baseball."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
NIKE Baseball Camp is Awesome

"I really loved this camp. It was awesome. I made friends, had lots of fun, and learned so much. My high school coach tells me that my game has improved tremendously. Thank you all so much."

Extended Day Camper

  • 5/5.
Quality Individual Attention

"I was impressed that the coaches worked with us individually. At other camps it was almost always as a group. They covered everything about baseball and even introduced me to some new strength training exercises. I enjoyed the camp very much."


  • 5/5.
Every Young Baseball Player Should Attend this Camp

"This was a very good camp. I would say every baseball playing child should go to this camp or one similar."

Nike Baseball Camp                       Davenport University Kevin Tidey, Camp Director 6191 Kraft Avenue Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512

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Nike Baseball Camp                       Davenport University
  • 5/5.
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Camp Schedule & Fees

2015 camp dates and prices coming soon. Please bookmark this page or call 1-800-645-3226.

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