Nike Baseball Camp Menlo College

Nike Baseball Camp Menlo College
Nike Baseball Camp Menlo College

NIKE Baseball Camps are thrilled to return to Menlo College this summer. Camp will focus on enhancing each player's skill set with one on one coaching and game time experience.

Jake McKinley, Head Baseball Coach at Menlo College directs this NIKE Baseball Camp. His energy, attitude and ability to build a positive relationship with his players will allow each camper to take their game to the next level.

Highlights Include

  • Professional instruction from college coaches and college-aged instructors
  • 10:1 camper/staff ratio
  • Multi-level ability grouping
  • Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
  • Nike Camp T-shirt, Lanyard and Nike Prizes
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Jake McKinley
Camp Director

Jake McKinley

ake McKinley enters his fourth season as head coach of the Menlo College baseball program in 2016-17. In three seasons at the helm, McKinley has lead the Oaks to a 97-72 overall record. In 2015, Menlo won 33 regular season games, the most in program history. They followed it up with a 35 win season in 2016, the most wins in a single season in Menlo baseball history. In 2016, the...

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A number of awards have been bestowed upon student-athletes during McKinley's tenure including: a Conference Player of the Year, seven All-Conference honorees, two NAIA All-Americans, six Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and two Capital One Academic All-District selections - the first in program history.

Under McKinley's tutelage, three players have heard their names called in the MLB draft in just the last two seasons. In 2016, third baseman Lucas Erceg became the top selection of any NAIA player in the nation when he was taken in the second round, 46th overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers. Shortstop Max Dutto also cracked the top ten rounds of the 2016 draft when he was taken by the Chicago White Sox. In 2015, junior catcher Daniel Comstock was selected in the 18th round, 526th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2015 MLB Draft. 

A native of Placerville, Calif., McKinley comes to Menlo following a four-year stint as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. I Sacramento State where he helped the team to a 67-55 record over the last two seasons of his tenure. He began his tenure with Sac State as Director of Baseball Operations in 2010-11, was elevated to Volunteer assistant coach in 2011-2012, and elevated again to Recruiting Coordinator in 2012-2013. Seven players went on to sign professional contracts following the conclusion of their time at Sac State during McKinley’s tenure.

His coaching resume speaks for itself as he has amassed tremendous experience and success since entering the coaching ranks in 2006. He began his career as an assistant coach for his alma mater Bethany University (Santa Cruz) before traveling to Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, Ky.) to assume an assistant coaching role which he held from 2007-09. As an assistant coach for Campbellsville, McKinley played a crucial role in leading the team to a 39-12 record and a trip to the 2009 NAIA World Series - the first in program history. During his three year stint at Campbellsville, McKinley saw three players achieve All-American status and five named All-Conference while earning back-to-back Mid-South Conference titles. He returned to California in 2009 for a two-year stint at West Valley College (Saratoga) where he served as the team’s pitching coach. His pitching staff led all of California in shutouts thrown in 2010 and three players were selected to the All-Conference team.

In addition to his time in the college coaching ranks, McKinley spent a summer in Perth, Australia as a scout, coach and development officer for Major League Baseball in 2010.

As a player, McKinley enjoyed a standout career at NAIA Bethany University where he spent time as both a standout pitcher and first baseman. He broke multiple records for the team including: most strikeouts in a career, most strikeouts in a single season, lowest single season ERA and most innings pitched in both a season and career. He was twice named conference Pitcher of the Year and once named Most Valuable Player. Proving his versatility, McKinley still holds the third place spot in Bethany’s all-time home runs list.

McKinley received his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Bethany University in 2006 and went on to earn a Master’s of Arts in Social Science from Campbellsville University in 2008.

What they’re saying:

“Jake is one of the best young coaches in California.  His insight on the pitching side is beyond his years.  His energy, attitude and ability to build a positive relationship with his players will allow Menlo College to take the next step as a program." – Sacramento State Head Baseball Coach Reggie Christiansen.

“Jake McKinley has the tools to be a great Head Baseball Coach. Work Ethic, very organized, great teacher and an ability to make the best of every situation. He has the character that will allow him and all those that play for him better.” – University of San Francisco Head Baseball Coach Nino Giarratano. 

“The first decision I made as a collegiate head coach was to hire Jake, and it turned out to be the smartest decision I have ever made as a coach. He is simply a program changer. His work ethic is second to none, and he is a proven recruiter at every level. He is truly one of the best young coaches in the game. He is as loyal as they come and will do everything in his power to make his players, the program and Menlo College better. He will make a lifelong impact on all those around him, which is the true mark of a great coach and great man.” – Head Coach at Dawson Community College and former Bethany University Baseball Head Coach Chris Lewis.

Camp Details

This camp is open to all levels of player.   Groups will be designated by age and ability after a brief evaluation on the first day.   Within each group, instruction will be designed to best suit that players level - challenging them to improve while having a great time!

More Important Camp Details

Overnight Camp

Includes all baseball and and night activities, all meals from dinner on Monday to breakfast on Thursday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.

Extended Day Camp

Includes all baseball and night activities, dinner on Monday, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Wednesday. Extended day campers will be picked up at 9:00p.m. each day aside from Thursday when camp ends at 12 noon.

Day Camp

Includes all baseball activities, dinner on Monday and lunch on Tuesday-Wednesday. Day campers will be picked up at 4:00 p.m. each day aside from Thursday when camp ends at 12 noon.
 

Facilities

Cartan Field

Menlo College is located on the San Francisco peninsula in the town of Atherton, a well-appointed residential community near the cities of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. The area ranks among the most attractive and dynamic in the world, with numerous cultural resources, temperate climate and all that the San Francisco metropolitan area can offer.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 a.m. Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
  • 8:45 a.m. Arrival (Extended Day/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
  • 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
  • 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!

Camper Reviews

Parent

  • 5/5.
My son looks forward to attending overnight camp

"Coach McKinley was great and my son looks forward to attending overnight camp next summer."

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Parent

  • 4/5.
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."

Day 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."

Parent

  • 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."

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."

Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
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."

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 8 - 16
Gender: Boys
Extended (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) $495.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $595.00
Availability: Open

Day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) $395.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.