Nike Baseball Clinic Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut
NIKE Baseball Camps is excited to host this clinic at Fairfield University. Campers will refine their skills, work hard, and have fun! Fairfield University also hosts a NIKE Softball Camp.
Head Coach Bill Currier is looking forward to working with campers to help them improve their game and give them new insights on the game of baseball! Fairfield closed out the 2013 season by winning eight of its final 10 games, including three consecutive MAAC series to secure its 14th 20-win season.
"Each day campers will leave with new skills learned and an enjoyment for the game of baseball. Our experienced coaches instructing at the camp will give a solid fundamental base for your son to improve to the next level of the game."
- Coach Bill Currier
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Clinic T-Shirt
- Great NIKE Prizes
- NIKE Baseball Clinic Graduation Certificate
Fairfield University, a lovely private school in suburban Fairfield just one hour from New York City, is a new host to the Nike Baseball Camp. The five-day camp gives players of all ability levels a challenging but fun week of baseball play and competition.
Campers will train on Fairfield University's field, the Alumni Baseball Diamond. The facility includes seating for nearly 1,000 fans behind home plate and along both baselines. The field dimensions are 330 feet down the lines, 400 feet to center field and 370 feet in the power alleys. The facility includes batting cages and bullpens for both teams, helping make Alumni Baseball Diamond one of the finest intercollegiate facilities in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, as well as in the region.
* In case of inclement weather, camp will be held in the Walsh Athletic Center.
As a team, Fairfield led the MAAC in pick-offs (14); was third in sacrifice hits (44); fourth in: triples (10), stolen bases (63), fielding double plays (45), ERA (4.79), WHIP (1.49), and opponent batting average (.275); fifth in: batting average (.262), slugging percentage (.333), runs (252), and RBI (217); and sixth in hits (424).
- Two Stags earned All-MAAC honors with Ryan Plourde being named to the All-MAAC First Team and Jack Giannini earning All-MAAC Second Team honors.
- Pitcher Mike Wallace was named the Fairfield University Freshman Athlete of the Year.Meet your coaching staff
The 2011-12 academic year marked Bill Currier’s first as head coach of the Fairfield University baseball team. It was a year in which he guided the Stags to a program-record 27 victories and to their first MAAC Championship berth in 12 years. He was recognized by the league’s coaches as the 2012 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year. He also picked up his 500th career victory in April with the Stags first-ever doubleheader sweep at Yale University.
Fairfield, which went 27-28 overall and 14-10 in the MAAC, also set single season records for double plays (52), innings pitched (460.1), strikeouts (315), and shutouts (5) in 2012. The Stags pitching staff led the MAAC with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP with opponents hitting just .269.
During the 2011 season, Currier served as Fairfield's Associate Head Coach, taking over the reins of the program upon the retirement of John Slosar at the end of the season. Currier spent the 2010 season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Tennessee after spending 22 seasons as the head coach at the University of Vermont. Currier was the winningest coach in Catamount history, posting a 486-470 overall record, including a 240-203 America East record. He helped Vermont win two America East Regular Season Championships and was named America East Coach of the Year three times, in 2002, 2003, and 2006.Read Full Bio
Currier was presented with the 2009 Ralph Lapointe Award from the Vermont Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for his service to athletics. In 2002, he was named the recipient of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's (NEIBA) Jack Butterfield Award, given annually to an active New England coach who exhibits integrity and dedication to the game of baseball. Currier also was inducted into the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame in 2005.
Currier, a 1984 graduate of Vermont, was a key member of the Catamounts that advanced to the title game of the 1981 East Coast Athletic Conference New England Regionals. He hit .295 and led the Cats with five home runs, four triples and 65 total bases. That June he was drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies and after signing, he went on to play three seasons in their system.
Currier earned a master’s in physical education from Western Carolina in 1986 where he also served as an assistant coach under Jack Leggett. He was also the head coach at Mitchell Junior College for two seasons prior to returning to Vermont.
Trevor Brown begins his second year with the Fairfield University baseball team as the program’s top assistant coach. Brown will focus his efforts on recruiting as well as working with the pitching staff and assisting in the day-to-day operations.
The Stags pitching staff led the MAAC with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP with opponents hitting just .269 in 2012. Fairfield also set single season records for innings pitched (460.1), strikeouts (315), and shutouts (5).
Brown came to Fairfield after spending two seasons as the pitching coach at Fordham University. While working with the Rams, Brown was able to cut the pitching staff ERA almost in half and helped them to a 30-win season.
Prior to Fordham, Brown spent seven years at Pace University where his staffs ranked among the leaders in the conference and in the nation in ERA, strikeouts and saves. In 2009, Pace’s pitching staff ranked third in the conference in strikeouts (297) and saves (11) while Brown coached his hurlers in 2008 to the top ranking in Division II in ERA (2.62) and hits per inning. In 2007, Brown’s pitching staff ranked second in the conference in strikeouts, saves and runners picked off and third in opposing team’s batting average and fourth in ERA.
Brown also served as pitching coach at Georgetown University for two seasons and began his coaching career at his alma mater Eastern Connecticut State University from 1999-2000. He was also a manager for four summer league teams, including the Manchester Silkworms and the Eastern Tides of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
Brown brings professional playing experience, having played two seasons in the Western Australian Baseball League with one-year stints with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the Eastern League and the Johnstown Steel of the Frontier League.
Nick Rhodes begins his second year as a volunteer assistant coach to the Fairfield University baseball program. Rhodes will work primarily with the Stags catchers.
Rhodes brings professional playing experience as well as extensive instructional experience. He has spent the last six years as the general manager and coach of the Connecticut Tides AAU baseball program after founding the team in 2005. Rhodes has four teams in the program ranging from 14-under to 18-under and has had many players go on to play collegiate baseball.
A native of Danbury, Rhodes was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Tampa Bay Rays. He then attended Norwalk Community College where he was the captain and starting catcher for the 1998 NJCAA National Championship team. Rhodes was drafted by Tampa Bay again in 1998 and played for three seasons in the Rays farm system.
Mike Cole begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Stags baseball team.
Cole comes to Fairfield after a stint at NJIT. He spent nine years as an assistant coach with three highly successful programs, including the University of Vermont, Manhattan College, and the University of Maine. In his nine seasons as an assistant, Cole’s teams posted overall winning records seven times, reaching 31 wins, or more, five times. Cole also was the top assistant at Manhattan in 2006 when the Jaspers won their first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) crown and advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game.
Cole played for Currier at the University of Vermont from 1997-2001 and served as Currier’s assistant for four seasons. As a student-athlete, Cole earned All-America East honors as a third baseman and graduated as UVM’s career leader in games played, doubles, and runs batted in and ranked second in hits.
Daily hours are from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Individual and small group instruction by position. All aspects of the game are covered from hitting, fielding, baserunning, along with team offense and defense. Games are played daily. Campers should pack a snack each day.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival
- 9:00 a.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 9:30 a.m. Defensive Skills
- 10:15 a.m. Snack Break
- 10:30 a.m. Offensive Skills
- 11:15 p.m. Games
- 12:00 p.m. Campers depart