Nike Cal Baseball Camp

Nike Cal Baseball Camp
Nike Cal Baseball Camp

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 in his 16th year 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)

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

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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Mike Neu
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, is in his fourth season as the pitching coach for...

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

Coming to the Golden Bears with impressive credentials, both as a player and a coach, Neu, 36, 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, and became head coach for the Trojans.

"We are extremely excited to have Mike Neu join the Cal baseball program," said Esquer, the 2011 National Coach of the Year who led the Bears to the College World Series. "Mike is known for having one of the best baseball minds in the Bay Area. He will be an outstanding addition, both for our players and our coaching staff. Mike is familiar with all the local talent and that will definitely help us with our recruiting in Northern California."

Neu and his wife, Nicole, reside in Martinez with their son, Damon, born Nov. 28, 2006.

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.

Noah Jackson
Staff

Noah Jackson

Noah Jackson, a member of the Golden Bears' NCAA regional squad in 2001, is back at his alma mater as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the 2015 season. Jackson has a wealth of...

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Noah Jackson, a member of the Golden Bears' NCAA regional squad in 2001, is back at his alma mater as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the 2015 season.

Jackson has a wealth of experience in baseball as he was a professional scout for the San Diego Padres.

As a Cal player, Jackson was a member of David Esquer's squad from 2001-03 after transferring from Arkansas. He is the Godson of former San Francisco Giant's manager Dusty Baker.

Mike Reuvekamp
Staff

Mike Reuvekamp

Mike Reuvekamp, who was an inspirational player for David Esquer's squad from 2012-14, is entering his first season as a student coach for the Golden Bears. Reuvekamp was a valuable...

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Mike Reuvekamp, who was an inspirational player for David Esquer's squad from 2012-14, is entering his first season as a student coach for the Golden Bears.

Reuvekamp was a valuable member of Cal baseball the past three years, seeing action either at shortstop or behind the plate. He was a two-time Pac-12 honorable mention All-Academic selection and as a junior in 2013 had three game-winning hits for the Bears.

A transfer from Diablo Valley College, Reuvekamp was a standout at Miramonte High School where he was first-team All-DFAL in 2009, helping his team to the North Coast Section Division III title. Reuvekamp batted .450 as a junior in 2008 and .420 as senior in 2009. He is majoring in American studies.

Camp Details

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.

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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 

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.

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.

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

Programs: Baseball School
Age Group: 6 - 12
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. $345.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 9:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 12:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Baseball Games Camp
Age Group: 6 - 12
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. $345.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 9:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 12:30 P.M.-4:00 PM. $190.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Baseball Games Camp
Age Group: 6 - 12
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. $345.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 9:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 12:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Baseball Games Camp
Age Group: 6 - 12
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. $345.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 9:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 12:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Baseball School
Age Group: 6 - 12
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. $345.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 9:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

Half Day 12:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M. $190.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Advanced Camp
Age Group: 13 - 16
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00 A.M. - 3:30 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.