Nike Cal Baseball Camps

Nike Cal Baseball Camps
Nike Cal Baseball Camps

Come join the winning tradition of the California Golden Bears Baseball Program by attending one of their outstanding camps. The goal at every Cal Baseball Camp is for every camper to take their game to the next level, create lasting friendships while having a good time.

Directing the summer program camp is 2011 National Coach of the Year and California Head Baseball Coach David Esquer. Coach Esquer represents the best in college baseball - first as a player, then as an assistant coach, and now in his 18th year as the leader of the Golden Bears.

Also, check out our Winter Cal Baseball Camps now!  Sessions are being added regularly.

Highlights Include

  • Professional Instruction by the California Golden Bears Staff
  • Individual and Group Instruction by Position
  • Daily Scrimmaging
  • NIKE Camp T-Shirt and Prizes
  • Extended Care is available after the "Full Day Program"
  • Speed, Agility and Quickness Sessions Offer (Advanced Camp)
  • College Style Workouts (Advanced Camp)
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Dates & Prices

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David Esquer
Camp Director

David Esquer

California head baseball coach David Esquer, the 2011 National Coach of the Year, represents the best in college baseball - first as a player, then as an assistant coach, and now in his 16th year as the leader of the Golden Bears.

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As a player, Esquer was the starting shortstop on Stanford's 1987 national championship squad, and as an assistant coach helped produce six NCAA postseason teams and one World Series participant at Stanford and Pepperdine. Now during his tenure as head coach of Cal, Esquer has guided the Bears to a 2011 College World Series appearance and was National Coach of the Year, has led Cal to four NCAA Tournament appearances and was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In addition, he has mentored four players who were selected in the first round of the professional draft and has produced 12 All-Americans.

Esquer, 49, owns a 432-396-2 (.522) career mark with the Bears that includes NCAA regional appearances in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he guided Cal to a 38-23 record as the Bears captured the Houston Regional with a thrilling, 9-8, victory over Baylor with four runs in the bottom of the ninth, and swept through a best-of-three series with Dallas Baptist in the Super Regional, to advance to the College World Series.

At the 2011 CWS, Cal dropped a close 4-1 decision to top-seeded Virginia before defeating Texas A&M, 7-3, for its first win in Omaha since 1980. The memorable season came to an end with an 8-1 loss in a re-match versus Virginia. During the 2011 campaign, first baseman Devon Rodriguez earned Most Outstanding Player of the Houston Regional honors, second baseman Tony Renda was named the 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year and left-hander Kyle Porter earned Freshman All-America honors.

The success in 2011 came despite an initial decision in September, 2010 to discontinue the Cal baseball program due to pressure on the University's budget. Following a fundraising effort that has generated approximately $10 million in commitment, Golden Bear baseball was reinstated April 8, 2011.

Esquer has not only coached 12 All-Americans in his tenure at Cal, but also seen 67 of his players drafted and signed by the Major Leagues, featuring four first-round draft picks, including right-hander Brandon Morrow, who in 2006 became the highest draft pick in school history when he was the fifth pick overall by the Seattle Mariners. Esquer also helped develop center fielder Brett Jackson, a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2009; first baseman David Cooper, a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008; and third baseman Conor Jackson, who in 2003 was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Beyond the on-field accomplishments, the Cal mentor has also been instrumental in securing several improvements at Evans Diamond – including the new lights and video scoreboard installed at Evans Diamond during the 2013 season – and earlier the Carl Van Heuit Training Center, which provides the Bears with indoor batting cages, bullpens and workout facilities.

Esquer became only the 10th coach in Cal baseball history when he was named head coach of the Bears on June 10, 1999, replacing longtime Cal mentor Bob Milano. Esquer came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99. Prior to working at Pepperdine, he was the No. 2 assistant coach at Stanford from 1991-96.

At Pepperdine, Esquer was the program's chief recruiting coordinator as well as hitting instructor, infield coach and handler of the third base coaching duties. During his three seasons with the Waves, Pepperdine compiled a record of 112-63 (.640). During his six-year stint at Stanford, the Cardinal were 222-142 (.610) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times, including a trip to the Col-lege World Series in 1995.

A shortstop at Stanford from 1984-87, Esquer was a starter on the Cardinal's 1987 College World Series championship team. He earned all-tournament honors after hitting .350 with six RBI in Omaha. He also earned All-Pac-10 Southern Division honors as a senior, batting .318 with 41 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Esquer went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers organizations.

Esquer was a three-sport star and class valedictorian at Palma High School in Salinas, Calif. He was tabbed the "Athlete of the Year" at Palma High School after being named team captain and MVP in baseball, football and basketball.

Esquer earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in sociology from Stanford in 1987. His wife, Lynn, is a former professor at Pepperdine in the graduate school of education and psychology, and a former assistant clinical professor in psychology at Cal. The Esquers reside in Moraga with their daughter, Gabrielle, born July 3, 2002, and son, Xavier, born December 22, 2003.

ESQUER'S CAREER RECORD AT CAL
2000 25-28
2001 34-25 (NCAA Regional, Pac-10 Coach of the Year)
2002 29-27
2003 28-27
2004 25-31
2005 34-23
2006 26-28
2007 29-26
2008 33-21-2 (NCAA Regional)
2009 24-29
2010 29-25 (NCAA Regional)
2011 38-23 (NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional, College World Series, National Coach of the Year)
2012 29-25
2013 23-31                                                2014     26-27                                           Total     432-396-2 (.522)


 

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Brad Sanfilippo
Assistant Coach

Brad Sanfilippo

Brad Sanfilippo, a former UC Davis standout who was a member of the Golden Bears’ coaching staff during their 2011 College World Series run, is Cal's new hitting coach and will...

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Brad Sanfilippo, a former UC Davis standout who was a member of the Golden Bears’ coaching staff during their 2011 College World Series run, is Cal's new hitting coach and will handle the third base coaching duties for the Cal baseball program.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Brad back to the Cal baseball family,” said Esquer. “He was instrumental in our success during our latest postseason appearances and is familiar with our offensive and defensive philosophies. He is someone our kids enjoy playing for and is a tireless worker.”

Sanfilippo has spent the last two seasons as the recruiting coordinator and third base coach at San Jose State after being a volunteer assistant for Esquer during the 2010-12 campaigns in which the Bears appeared in two NCAA regionals, capturing the 2011 Houston Regional and the Santa Clara Super Regional on the way to the school’s sixth College World Series appearance.

With Sanfilippo handling the first base coaching duties, Cal averaged more than 31 wins per season, including defeating Texas A&M, 7-4, in Omaha to give the Bears their first CWS victory since 1980. He assisted 18 different Cal players who were drafted by major league teams, including Tony Renda, a second-round selection by the Washington Nationals, and Marcus Semien, a sixth-round pick by the Chicago White Sox.

“I am thrilled to be returning to the University of California and the Cal baseball family,” said Sanfilippo. “Berkeley is a very special place with incredible people, and having the opportunity to work with coach Esquer again is a big part of that for me. I am looking forward to working with the talented group of players coach Esquer and coach (Mike) Neu have put together, knowing that I have existing relationships with many of them already. My energy and efforts will be to help build upon the winning tradition of this program and I am thankful to be a Golden Bear again.”

Prior to this first stint coaching at Cal, Sanfilippo had spent six seasons as the head varsity coach of Los Gatos High School where he led his squad to its first two Central Coast Section titles in school history in 2006 and 2009. Both years Sanfilippo's teams finished 28-5 and were ranked 12th in the final California Division II rankings. He concluded his coaching tenure at Los Gatos High School with a record of 139-51 (.731), which included four Santa Clara Valley Athletic League/De Anza Division titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009). Sanfilippo was named San Jose Mercury News and Palo Alto Newspaper Group Coach of the Year in 2006.

As well as excelling in coaching at the high school ranks, Sanfilippo was an assistant for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2009 where he coached Cal's former standout first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha. In 2006 and 2007, he was an assistant coach for the Northern California squad in the North vs. South Series. In 2002, Sanfilippo served as the Director of Baseball Operations at Santa Clara, and also served as an assistant to former UC Davis Athletic Director Greg Warzecka (a former Cal baseball player and assistant coach).

As a player, Sanfilippo was a three-year starter in the outfield at UC Davis from 1996-98; batting .349 as a sophomore, .350 as a junior and .320 as a senior. In 1998, he was team captain and a first-team Western District GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Sanfilippo ranked in the Top-10 in single-season bests for triples (five, 1997) and runs scored (56 in 1997) for the Aggies.

Sanfilippo competed in football, basketball and baseball at Los Gatos High School and was inducted into his high school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He and his fiancé, Colleen, reside in San Francisco.

Thomas Eager
Assistant Coach

Thomas Eager

Thomas Eager joins the Bears' coaching staff for the 2015-16 season after three years as the pitching coach at Cal Poly under head coach Larry Lee. The Mustangs pitching staff...

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Thomas Eager joins the Bears' coaching staff for the 2015-16 season after three years as the pitching coach at Cal Poly under head coach Larry Lee.

The Mustangs pitching staff compiled an earned-run-average of 3.50 under Eager’s tutelage and set a new school record in 2014 for lowest ERA in a season since moving to Division I (3.05). The Mustangs rode their stellar pitching to a 47-12 record, also a program-best mark since the move, as well as a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Seven Cal Poly pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft during Eager’s tenure with the Mustangs, including a pair this past June. Left-hander Matt Imhof was Cal Poly’s highest selection during that time, when he was picked in the second round, 47thoverall by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014.

Prior to his time as the pitching coach, Eager spent two seasons as the Director of Operations for his alma mater, Cal Poly, where he pitched in 2006 and 2007.

Eager spent four seasons in the minor leagues after his fifth round selection in 2007 by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the Batavia Muckdogs (short-season A), Quad Cities River Bandits (A), Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) and Springfield Cardinals (AA), where he posted a 15-21 record during his professional career.

The Visalia, Calif. native finished his sophomore season at Cal Poly in 2007 with an 11-3 ledger, notching a 3.43 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 126.0 innings of work on his way to first team All-Big West accolades. As a redshirt freshman in 2006, Eager compiled a 1-2 record with a 4.15 ERA.

A three-year varsity letterman, Eager was a first-team All-Central California Conference selection as a senior at Merced High School. Eager was also a second team all-conference choice as a junior and helped the Bears to a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title as a sophomore in 2002.

Eager, 29, earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in May of 2012 after studying business administration at Cal Poly.

Thomas and his wife Jenna have one son, Trey, who was born on April 5, 2014.

Camp Details

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Baseball School

Camp begins at 9:00AM and ends at 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday.  Half day options are available with a Morning Half Day option available from 9:00am-12:15pm and Afternoon Half Day available from 12:45-4:00. Extended care is available for Full Day and Half Day campers and runs from 4:00pm-5:30pm.

Baseball Games Camp

Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  Half day options are available with a Morning Half Day option available from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and Afternoon Half Day available from 12:45-4:00. Extended care is available for Full Day and Half Day campers and runs from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

13-16 Advanced Skill Development Camp

This camp is geared toward skill development and exposure to advanced training drills and philosophy. ”College Style’ workouts, drills and instruction takes place.  The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Speed and Agility Program

The optional Speed and Agility Program is offered for the Advance Camp Only and runs from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m each day.  The cost for this program is $65 for the week.

Campers are required to bring their own lunch to camp.

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Baseball School

The Nike Cal Baseball School is an All Skills Camp which covers the basic fundamentals of the game each day. Instruction will cover the fundamentals of Infield play, Throwing, Base running, Outfield Play, Hitting and Pitching. In addition to skill and drill stations, the campers will also have the opportunity to play games which will emphasize the skills taught earlier in camp. Coach Esquer believes in a combination of serious skill development as well as drills devised to enjoy the game and enjoy the process of getting better. Campers will be broken up into drills and teams based on AGE (not ability level).  Teams for any game play will change throughout the week.

Estimated Daily Schedule (Subject to change)

  • 9:00 Coach’s Address
  • 9:20 Stretch
  • 9:30-12:00 - Morning Stations - May include, Infield, Throwing, Base running, Outfield, Hitting, Pitching
  • Game station
  • 12:00 End of session remarks and Half Day Dismissal
  • 12:15-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 Afternoon Check In
  • 12:45 Coach’s Afternoon Address and Stretch
  • 1:15-4:00 Afternoon Camp Stations
  • 4:00 Final Remarks and Dismissal
  • 4:00-5:30 Extended Care (optional)

***Schedule will alternate daily so the half day campers receive equal Skill/Drill and Skill/Game sessions

Baseball Games Camp

The always popular Games Camp will include game play both in the morning and in the afternoon.  Campers will be divided by age and placed on teams to compete.  Coach Esquer believes that this low pressure atmosphere with an emphasis on game play is important for learning.  This camp is popular for those looking to learn by continuous play. Campers could play as many as 4 or 5 games per day. This fun environment provides opportunities to improve game speed skills and practice game situations. Teams will be changed daily and from morning to afternoon.  Coaches will allow campers to team with a maximum number of friends as well.

The Cal coaching staff hopes that in addition to developing baseball skills the campers continue to develop a love for the game.

In order to offer breaks there may also be hitting stations in the batting cages or video breaks.

13-16 Advanced Skill Development Camp

This camp is perfect for players in this age group that looking to improve and advance their game as they look to compete in high school.  This camp has been especially valuable for those players transitioning to the 90 ft diamond. The atmosphere is station and drill oriented in addition to controlled scrimmages. Players will be run through position specific drills and a hitting circuit in the morning.  The afternoon will include a drill circuit and controlled scrimmage.

Speed and Agility Program

The optional Speed and Agility Program is offered for the Advance Camp Only and runs from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m each day.  The cost for this program is $65 for the week.

Estimated schedule (subject to changes)

  • 9:00 Coach’s Address
  • 9:15 Stretch
  • 9;30-10:30 Position Defense (players may change daily)
  • 10:30-12:00 Hitting Circuit
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch (Players bring their own Lunch)
  • 12:30-12:45 Coach’s Afternoon Address
  • 12:45-1:00 Stretch
  • 1-3:30 Drill and Controlled scrimmage Circuit

Full Day Program

Each week of camp offers a Full Day Camp which runs from 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m.  (Advanced camp runs until 3:30 p.m.)

Half Day Programs

Each week of camp (Advanced Camp Excluded) offers two types of Half Day Programs.  Half Day Programs run from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 12:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Extended Care

Extended Care is available after the "Full Day Program" from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  The cost for this optional service is $60 for the week.

Camp is open to any and all entrants and only restricted only by age and number of campers.

Facilities

Evans Diamond, the home of Golden Bear Baseball, will play host to all camps. Campers will learn and train in the new, state of the art batting cage facilities. The latest equipment is used to provide campers with a safe and fun camp experience.

One of the most picturesque and unique college baseball facilities in the nation is Evans Diamond, which has served as home of the Golden Bear baseball team since 1933.

Evans Diamond is located on the southwest corner of campus, between Edwards/Goldman Field Track Stadium, Haas Pavilion and the Recreational Sports Facility. The easiest access to the field is off Cross Campus Road (Frank Schlessinger Way), which intersects Oxford Avenue near the north end of the track stadium.

Camper Reviews

Parent

  • 5/5.
Coach Esquer's approach to coaching, playing, and the game of baseball is truly inspiring!

"Coach Esquer's approach to coaching, playing, and the game of baseball is truly inspiring. We're grateful that he is so willing to invest his time and energy in teaching young kids who will take these lessons with them as they go forward in the game and in life."

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Parent

  • 5/5.
Coach Esquer's personal, direct involvement was phenomenal!

"Speed & Agility after camp add-on was a big plus Coach Esquer's personal, direct involvement was phenomenal."

Parent

  • 5/5.
Kept baseball fun!

"My son attends games camp to keep baseball fun. Mission accomplished. Thank you.

Parent

  • 5/5.
The camp was perfect!

"My son came back greatly improved and with an even bigger interest in baseball. The camp was perfect!"

Parent

  • 5/5.
Our son went in not being that big a fan of baseball and now he's hooked!

"Our son said this was his favorite camp of the summer. He went in not being that big a fan of baseball and now he's hooked! Just what we were hoping. He loved all the coaches and liked the movies too. And we'd like to give a shout out to trainer Mike who did an incredible job of taking care of Leo's diabetes all week. We couldn't have done it without his help. Amazing camp! Go bears!!"

Parent

  • 5/5.
All around great camp

"My son said that Coach Mike Neu was a particularly good pitching coach. He also remarked after the first day how well run the camp was in comparison to others he's attended. My impression was (just based on how tired he was when he got home) that they did a lot at this camp, which is great."

Day Camper

  • 5/5.
This was my 2nd year of advanced camp

"I have been going to Cal Baseball Camp for 5 years. This was my 2nd year of advanced camp and i really enjoy going. The coaches are great and have great drills." 

Parent

  • 5/5.
Beautiful Facilities

"Great instruction from the Cal Berkeley Baseball Coaches and Staff. Beautiful Facilities!"

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