Nike Cal Baseball Camp Berkeley, California

USSC » Baseball » Nike » California » Berkeley

Come join the winning tradition of the California Golden Bears Baseball Program by attending this summer's camps. Gorgeous weather, superb instruction and great competition makes this a wonderful baseball camp experience. Our goal is for every camper to take their game to the next level, create lasting friendships, and have a good time.

Directing the 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 as the leader of the Golden Bears.

We encourage you to register early...last summer's camps sold out with extensive waiting lists!

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)

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.

Fans enjoyed changes in Evans Diamond in 2006, as construction was completed on the Carl J. Van Heuit Training Facility, a new patio area and grass bank was situated along the left field line, plus artwork, sponsored by Truitt and White, now graces the back of Edwards Track Stadium and the Recreational Sports Facility. The Carl J. Van Heuit Training Facility, named after the former Cal football Hall of Famer who was a staunch supporter of the Bears' baseball program, provides the team with indoor batting cages (Jeff Kent Batting Cages), indoor and outdoor bullpens (Stuart Gordon Bullpens), as well as weight training and conditioning equipment. The graphics on the RSF wall are of former Cal standouts Chuck Hensley, Rod Booker, Lance Blankenship, Jon Zuber, Matt Luke, Bobby Kahlon, Xavier Nady and Conor Jackson.

Evans Diamond's received a field facelift in the fall of 1992 at a cost of $275,000, which was completely paid for by Cal alums. RNT Landscaping of San Leandro, Calif. completed the renovation of the Evans Diamond playing surface, which included leveling the field, installing a new drainage system, replacing both the infield and outfield grass and placing a warning track around the entire field.

Originally part of Edwards Field, named in the memory of Colonel George C. Edwards, Evans Diamond was named after legendary Cal baseball coach Clint Evans, who served as the Bears' head coach from 1930-54, leading the Bears to first-ever College World Series title in 1947.

The playing surface at Evans Diamond features natural grass, along with a mixture of clay and crushed cinder infield surface. The outfield measurements at Evans are 320 feet down the lines, 365 to the power alleys and 395 to center field. The seating capacity is 2,500.

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.

Extended Care is available after the "Full Day Program". The cost for this optional service is $50 for the week.

Meet your coaching staff
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 15th year as the leader of the Golden Bears.

Read Full Bio

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, 48, owns a 406-369-2 (.524) 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
Total 406-369-2 (.524)


 

Assistant Coach

Tony Arnerich

One of the key elements in Cal's run to the 2011 College World Series was Tony Arnerich, the Golden Bears' third base coach and chief hitting instructor. Arnerich, who will be entering his fourth season as assistant coach and fifth year overall with the program in 2012, is a former standout catcher at Texas Tech and professional ballplayer in the Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins organizations.

Arnerich, 31, has been a huge boost to Cal's hitting and catching corps with extensive experience as both a player and a coach. He was the head coach of the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League from 2005-08, leading his team to the first half title and the league championship in the summer of 2007. Arnerich also served as a part-time assistant coach in 2007 at Sonoma State, where he earned a degree in sociology in June of 2008.

As a player, Arnerich attended Santa Rosa Junior College where he was a two-time, first-team all-league selection and a 2000 first-team Junior College All-American, helping guide his team to the 1999 California Junior College World Series. He then earned a scholarship to Texas Tech, where he was second-team All-Big 12 in 2001, leading the Red Raiders to an NCAA Regional berth while pacing the team with 24 doubles. During the summers, Arnerich was a three-time Northwoods League All-Star and was named the league's MVP in 2001. His number was retired following his 2001 season, and he is now a member of the Northwoods League All-Decade Team.

Arnerich signed with the Kansas City Royals after his 2001 summer season, advanced to the Double A level with the Wichita Wranglers during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and was twice invited to the Royals' Big League Camp. He then played in the Florida Marlins' organization from May 2004 through June 2005, advancing to the Double A level with the Carolina Mudcats.

Assistant Coach

Mike Neu

Mike Neu, former head baseball coach at Diablo Valley College and former standout at Miami and a Major Leaguer with the Oakland A's, will be entering his second season as the pitching coach for the University of California in 2013.

Coming to the Golden Bears with impressive credentials, both as a player and a coach, Neu, 34, was head coach at Diablo Valley College from 2009-11, leading his team to a 87-41 mark (.680) with two Big 8 Conference titles in three years. His 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in Northern California for four weeks this past spring, and his pitching staff led all the California Community Colleges with a 2.13 team ERA.

Additionally, Neu has been an associate scout for both the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves, and was the pitching coach for DVC in 2007 and 2008. His professional baseball career included playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds organizations. Neu was called up to the Major Leagues with the Athletics on April 9, 2003 and proceeded to post a 3.64 ERA in 32.0 relief appearances (42.0 innings) that season.

At the University of Miami Neu had a stellar 1999 campaign and helped the Hurricanes capture the College World Series title with a 6-5 victory over Florida State in the championship game. He finished the year 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA and tallied 110 strikeouts in 67.0 innings, earning Collegiate Baseball All-America honors. Neu led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (14.8) and was selected to the All-College World Series team with three saves and appearances in all four of Miami's games at the CWS.

Neu had transferred to Miami from Sacramento City College where in 1998 he was the Northern California Pitcher of the Year, the Bay Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and a junior college All-American while going 15-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 108.0 innings. He was named the 1998 Cal State Championship Final Four MVP after throwing 11.0 innings with no earned runs and notching a win and a save in the state tournament.

Raised in Napa, Neu attended Vintage High School where he set Monticello Empire League records for career wins (21) and strikeouts (196). As a senior in 1996 he was first-team All-State, all-region and MEL Player of the Year with a 10-1 record, a 0.64 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 77.0 innings. Neu was also league player of the year as a junior.

Neu, who earned a Masters in physical education from Ball State in 2011, replaces long-time Cal pitching coach Dan Hubbs. Hubbs, after 12 years working with the Bear hurlers, returned to his alma mater, USC, to become Associate Head Coach and pitching coach for the Trojans. Cal was second in the Pac-10 last season with a 2.88 team ERA.

Assistant Coach

Ethan Guevin

Second-year graduate assistant Ethan Guevin is providing the Golden Bears' baseball program with a wealth of experience while pursuing his Master's of Education degree (Cultural Study of Sports in Education) at Cal.
Guevin joined David Esquer's staff this fall after serving as an assistant coach for the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League last summer. Prior to coaching the Catz, he had played a year of professional baseball in Belgium and Australia after graduating from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

At Carleton College, Guevin was four-year starter as both a pitcher and a second baseman, earning all-conference honors in 2008 and 2009. Also in 2009 he was named the Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove Award Winner while batting .363. Guevin was outstanding in the classroom as well, earning academic all-conference honors three years in a row and was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District 5 Baseball Team and was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in both 2008 and 2009.

A 2005 graduate of Davis High School in Davis, Calif., Guevin was a three-year starter on the baseball team and a two-time all-league and All-Metro selection. He was the 2005 Monticello Empire League MVP as a senior, as well as the recipient of the Block D Award as the best athlete of his graduating class.
 

Staff

Ruben Noriega

Ruben Noriega enters his first season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach with the Golden Bears' program. Some of his duties will include working with the outfielders, assisting with the hitters and coaching first base.

Before coming to Cal, Noriega spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State University. While at San Jose State the baseball program reached an all-time APR (Academic Progress Rate) high (982). In 2012, the Spartans had some big victories including a home-and-home sweep of Stanford and a three game sweep of Fresno State at Fresno. This was the first time the Spartans had swept all their games against Stanford and Fresno State since 1995.

Before working at San Jose State, Noriega spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Mo. Noriega was the Lions' hitting coach and outfield coach, oversaw the strength and conditioning program and was the assistant recruiting coordinator.

During Noriega's first year as hitting coach at Lindenwood in 2010, the Lions had a team batting average of .323 and an on-base percentage of .421. The team totaled 91 doubles and 42 home runs while outscoring their opponents 390-236. The Lindenwood offense had six all-conference selections and led the Lions to a 41-15 record and a Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA) championship. In 2011, the Lindenwood offense posted several top-30 national marks, including team batting average (.325, 26th), hits (529, 19th), doubles (119, sixth), RBIs (315, 27th) and runs scored (348, 30th). The Lions had the 2011 conference player of the year and four all-conference selections.

Noriega joined Lindenwood in 2008 as a junior outfielder after two years at Los Angeles Harbor College. He contributed to back-to-back HAAC championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Noriega played in 39 games for the Lions and hit .324 with a .471 OBP.

Noriega was a coach for the East Los Angeles Dodgers Organization from 2009-2011, which competes in three summer collegiate leagues, including the Western Baseball Association (three-time league champions 2009, 2010, and 2011), the Southern California Collegiate League and the Orange County Collegiate League.

Learn more about Nike Cal Baseball Camp

BASEBALL SCHOOL

The NIKE Cal Baseball School is an all skills camp which covers both individual position instruction as well as hitting, baserunning, situation drills, and game play.  All aspects of the game are covered. Games will be played throughout the week of instruction. 

BASEBALL GAMES CAMP

The always popular games camp will include game play both in the morning and in the afternoon. Campers will be divided up by age and ability each day and placed on teams to compete.

ADVANCED CAMP

This camp is for players looking to excel at the High School squad or for those looking to play College baseball.  "College Style" workouts, drills and instruction takes place during this program including discussions on playing in college and what it takes to be a college student athlete.  Advanced Camp runs 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Campers are required to bring their own lunch to camp.

Advanced Camp Highlights

  • 1/2 Hour a Day Longer Format!
  • Ages 13-16
  • Speed and Agility Program Still Offered!

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.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30 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 $50 for the week.

Speed and Agility Program: The optional Agility and Speed 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 $75 for the week.

Cal Players in the Majors

1. Erik Johnson - Chicago White Sox
2. Jeff Kobernus - Washington Nationals
3. Marcus Semien - Chicago White Sox
4. Josh Satin - New York Mets
5. Brennan Boesch - New York yankees
6. Allen Craig - St Louis Cardinals
7. Tyson Ross - San Diego padres
8. John Baker - San Diego padres
9. Brandon Morrow - Toronto Blue jays
10. Bob Melvin - Oakland A’s (Manager)
11. Bryan Price - Cincinnati Reds (New Manager)

Cal Players in Minor Leagues

12. Xavier Nady
13. Brett Jackson 
14. David Cooper
15. Andrew Knapp 
16. Tony Renda 
17. Chadd Krist 
18. Mitch Delfino   
19. Matt Flemer 
20. Danny Oh 
21. Joey Donofrio 
22. Dixon Anderson
23. Mark Canha 
24. B.J. Guinn 
25. Blake Smith 
26. Michael Brady 
27. Charlie Cutler 
28. Matt Gorgen 

Read camper reviews

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!"

Nike Cal Baseball Camp

http://www.ussportscamps.com/images/made/assets/camps/baseball/BAXDCA/Evans-Diamond_100_62.jpg David Esquer, Camp Director 115 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, California 94720


1 (800) NIKE Camp (645-3226)

Nike Cal Baseball Camp
  • 5/5.
5 Reviews

Click any image to enlarge and launch gallery.

Camp Schedule & Fees

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

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.

Maps