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 is the Cal Baseball coaching Staff. 

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

Meet Camp Coaches

Michael Neu
Camp Director

Michael Neu

Cal baseball will call on a familiar face to write its next chapter as former Golden Bear pitching coach and major league pitcher Mike Neu agreed on July 5, 2017 to become the 11th head coach in program history.  

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"We are extremely excited to welcome Mike Neu back to Berkeley as the head coach of our baseball program," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "During his first tenure here, Mike displayed a keen understanding of what it takes to recruit and develop student-athletes for success both on the field and in the Berkeley community as a whole. That experience, combined with the time he has spent as head coach at Pacific, convinced us that he is the perfect fit to lead Cal baseball.
 
Cal's pitching coach from 2012 to 2015, Neu returns to Berkeley after two years as head coach at the University of the Pacific where he guided a rebuilding Tigers program to 40 wins over his two seasons. That turnaround started immediately in 2015 as Pacific won 12 games in the always-competitive West Coast Conference, the program's second-most conference wins since 1999.
 
Before making the move to Stockton, Neu established himself as one of the Pac-12's top pitching coaches and recruiters under head coach David Esquer, who recently stepped down following his 18th season as Cal's head coach. Under his tutelage, the 2015 Bears compiled a team ERA of 3.03, the second-best mark for a Cal pitching staff since 1976. That team reached the final of the Texas A&M Regional thanks in part to the contributions of three of Neu's pupils – Daulton Jefferies, Ryan Mason and Alex Schick – who would go on to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
 
Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Neu's reputation in pitching circles was already well-known. Serving as head coach at Diablo Valley College from 2009-11, Neu led the Vikings to an 87-41 record and two Big 8 Conference titles. His 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in Northern California and DVC pitchers led all California Community Colleges with a 2.13 team ERA.
 
As a player, the Napa, Calif., native enjoyed a standout career at the University of Miami before going on to play in the Dodgers, Marlins, A's and Reds organizations. Neu was called up to the Major Leagues with the A's on April 9, 2003, and compiled a 3.64 ERA in 32 relief appearances that season.
 
At Miami, Neu helped the Hurricanes win the 1999 College World Series and finished the year 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 67 innings. Named a Collegiate Baseball All-American, Neu led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (14.8) and was selected to the All-CWS team after earning three saves and appearing in all four of Miami's games in Omaha.
 
Before to transferring to Miami, Neu starred at Sacramento City College where he was named Northern California Pitcher of the Year, Bay Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and a junior college All-American after going 15-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 139 strikeouts. He was also a standout for the same Vintage High program that produced Cal pitchers Jared Horn and Aaron Shortridge, setting Monticello Empire League records for career wins (21) and strikeouts (196).
 
"I'm unbelievably excited to be back," Neu said. "I had such a great experience there for four years. I know how much of an important role I have and the challenge we have but I'm excited to be part of Cal again. It was a great experience at Pacific. I definitely feel like we had begun to build something special there. The administration and staff were great to me there. I really think that program is in a great place moving forward."
 
"I recruited a lot of these guys and I have a personal relationship with a lot of these players," Neu added. "With a younger group last year, I know they got a lot of experience and I'm excited to help them take that next step and get back to a NCAA Regional. It'll be exciting to share that common goal with a lot of guys I've gotten to share some time with."
 
Neu earned a Master's degree in physical education from Ball State in 2011. He and his wife, Nicole, have two sons, Damon and Maddax.

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Assistant Coach

Damon Lesser

Damon Lessler comes to Cal as the volunteer assistant for the 2018 season and will assist head coach Mike Neu in a variety of areas in his first season as a Golden Bear. A Bay Area...

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Damon Lessler comes to Cal as the volunteer assistant for the 2018 season and will assist head coach Mike Neu in a variety of areas in his first season as a Golden Bear.

A Bay Area native who hails from nearby Castro Valley, Calif., Lessler spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State. He served as the Spartans' recruiting coordinator while also working with infielders, hitters and coaching third base.

Prior to joining the Spartans, Lessler spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Cal Poly and worked in the same role at Southern Mississippi in 2015. In 2013 and 2014, he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chico State and helped the Wildcats go a combined 80-33 in two seasons. Working again with infielders, he helped Chico State compile a .977 fielding percentage in 2014, a mark that ranked first in all of Division II baseball that year. Chico State reached the NCAA Division II West Region finals in 2013 and the Division II College World Series in 2014.

A shortstop at Castro Valley High School, Lessler went on to play collegiately at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, Sonoma State and Mississippi Valley State. He went on to play professionally in Germany, Sweden and Australia before transitioning to coaching in 2011.

A 2006 graduate of Mississippi Valley State, Lessler earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications while also earning valedictorian honors from the university. In 2007, he earned a master's degree in sports administration from Southern Mississippi.

Assistant Coach

Pat Shine

A longtime coach at the major league, minor league and collegiate level, Pat Shine brings a wealth of experience as he returns to coach in Berkeley for the second time beginning with the...

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A longtime coach at the major league, minor league and collegiate level, Pat Shine brings a wealth of experience as he returns to coach in Berkeley for the second time beginning with the 2018 season. As a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff, Shine will work with hitters, infielders and manage Cal's overall team defense. 

Shine's most recent stop was as manager of the Clinton LumberKings in the Seattle Mariners organization. He joined the LumberKings in 2017 after spending three years as the video replay coordinator for the Miami Marlins. While with the Marlins, Shine also served as a batting practice pitcher and assistant to head coach Don Mattingly.
 
Prior to joining the Marlins, Shine established himself as one of the top collegiate coaches on the West Coast as an assistant at UC Irvine, UCLA and New Mexico. As head coach at Cal State Los Angeles, he was named ABCA West Region Coach of the Year in 2007.

Shine made his mark in just three years at UC Irvine, helping to produce two Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans, five All-Big West honorees and 13 future professional players. In 2004, Shine helped lead the Anteaters to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in the Notre Dame Regional.

At UCLA, Shine served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2005 to 2006. In 2005, the Bruins welcomed the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the nation to Westwood and in 2006, UCLA placed third in the Pac-10 and made the Malibu Regional of the NCAA Tournament. During Shine's two years in Los Angeles, 12 UCLA players were chosen in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Shine's first stint as a Golden Bear came in 1998-99 when he worked with outfielders and served as hitting and base running coach as a volunteer assistant for Bob Milano.

He also spent considerable time coaching in summer leagues early in his career. In 2000, as the pitching coach and interim manager of the Brewster Whitecaps, Shine led the team to the Cape Cod League tile. From 1998-99, he managed and served as pitching coach of the St. Cloud Riverbats in the Northwoods League, led the team to the 1998 league title and was named the league's Manager of the Year in 1999.
 
A former team captain as a player at Gonzaga, Shine transferred to play for the Bulldogs after playing at nearby Whitworth College. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in speech communication with a minor in business management from Gonzaga in 1995.

Assistant Coach

Noah Jackson

A 2003 graduate of Cal, Noah Jackson returns to his alma mater for the 2018 season as a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff. It will be his second stint as an assistant for the...

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A 2003 graduate of Cal, Noah Jackson returns to his alma mater for the 2018 season as a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff. It will be his second stint as an assistant for the Golden Bears and Jackson will work with hitters and outfielders while playing a key role in Cal's recruiting efforts.

Jackson comes back to Berkeley after spending two seasons in Stockton as an assistant for Neu at the University of Pacific. Prior to joining the Tigers' staff, he spent the 2015 season as Cal's volunteer assistant and helped the Bears go 36-21, finish third in the Pac-12 and reach the College Station Regional of the NCAA Tournament. 

Before joining the Cal staff in 2015, Jackson worked for the San Diego Padres as a professional scout. He graduated from Cal in 2003 with a degree in American Studies and went on to play in the Chicago Cubs organization for two years.

Jackson played for the Bears from 2001-03 after transferring from Arkansas. A native of Mill Valley, Calif., he helped the 2001 Bears go 34-25 and reach the Baton Rouge Regional. He appeared in 48 games during his Cal career, primarily as a first baseman and outfielder.

Off the field, Jackson has turned his love of baseball into a force for positive change. In 2003, he co-founded the First Base Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through mentorship, development of leadership skills and building self-esteem. 

A product of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif., Jackson is the godson of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker. His father, Sylvester, served as a radio broadcaster for the Oakland A's from 1987-92.

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 Baseball 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.

More Important Camp Details

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. Cal Baseball 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.  Cal Baseball 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 Baseball 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!"

Camp Dates & Prices

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