Nike Baseball Camp Davenport University
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Nike Baseball Camps is excited to host another year of camp in Michigan at Davenport University. This camp will be instructed by the Davenport University coaching staff and guarantees campers will take their game to the next level.
Directing the Nike Baseball Camp at Davenport University is Head Baseball Coach Kevin Tidey. Tidey is in his fifth year as Head Coach for the Panthers Baseball Program.
- Professional instruction from Coach Tidey and college-aged instructors
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper/staff ratio
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- Multi-level ability grouping
- Nike Camp T-shirt, Lanyard and Prizes
- Nike Baseball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Kevin Tidey
Kevin Tidey is in his eighth season at the helm of the Davenport baseball team and is in his 11th campaign with the program as he served as an assistant from 2009-2011. He has been a member of the coaching staff for the entire existence of DU baseball.View Kevin Tidey's Bio ⟩
In seven years at the helm, Tidey has compiled a 283-114 record and has earned one Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular-season and two tournament championships. The program also made four straight appearances in the NAIA National Championship ending in 2017.
The Panthers entered the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and played an NCAA Division II schedule beginning in 2018. It did not stop the program from achieving big things as they placed second in the GLIAC regular season just one game behind Northwood University. They also were runner-up in the GLIAC Tournament hosted in Detroit and finished with a 33-19 overall record. It did not take long for the Panthers to earn their first top 10 win over an NCAA DII opponent. On March 2, the Panthers defeated No. 7 Minnesota State-Mankato 10-8. On April 27, Grant Wolfram became the first DU pitcher in five years to toss a no-hitter against Ashland as the Panthers took all four games of the series. DU extended their win streak to eight games with four wins against Purdue Northwest heading into the GLIAC Tournament. The Panthers lost their opening game against GVSU, but battled back with three straight wins including a walk-off grand slam by Jacob Buchberger in the 12th inning against Ashland on May 13. Wolfram was selected by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Draft at season's end marking three straight years that a Panther was drafted.
The 2017 season was another banner year as the Panthers finished 43-17 overall and 26-6 in the WHAC. Davenport finished second in the regular season and were runner-up in the conference tournament. The team had an incredible 20-1 record at home including their final eight games at Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex. They had a 3-0 win over No. 15 Kaiser on March 4. They also beat No. 19 Indiana Tech twice. The Panthers won three games in the WHAC Tournament and dropped two against No. 7 Northwestern Ohio on their home field. Davenport won two games in the NAIA Opening Round hosted by Bellevue. After an opening loss to No. 19 University of Science and Arts, they defeated Judson and Antelope Valley to stay alive. They ended the season with a 3-2 loss against No. 2 Bellevue. Jonathan Cheshire was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and sophomore pitcher Grant Wolfram was named Second Team All-American.
The 2016 season saw the Panthers finish second in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference two games behind Madonna. The team went 2-2 in the WHAC Tournament and also hosted the NAIA Opening Round. The Panthers won their first two games against #12 York, Neb. (4-2) and #2 Bellevue, Neb. (7-4). Bellevue then came back for 6-5 and 7-2 wins as DU finished runner-up. DU was one strike away from returning to Idaho and the NAIA World Series in the 6-5 loss against the Bruins. The Panthers received 62 votes in the final NAIA coaches poll at season's end. The season was capped off by four players being drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft. Brandon White was the first Panther ever selected in the draft going to the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round. Bryan Saucedo was selected in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox. Corbin Clouse was snagged in the 27th round by the Atlanta Braves. NAIA First Team All-American Travis Bolin was picked in the 32nd round by the Texas Rangers. Bolin was also named WHAC Player of the Year while Matt Priebe and Brandon Larkin-Guilfoyle were both named First Team All-WHAC.
The 2015 season saw the baseball program reach new heights, including a 51-win season along with setting a new program record 24-game win streak. While clinching the second WHAC Tournament championship, the Panthers hosted the NAIA National Opening Round and went 3-1 to punch a ticket to the NAIA World Series for the first time in program history.
The 2014 squad started the tradition of making the national postseason by winning both the WHAC regular-season and tournament titles. The Panthers made their first ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship that year where they traveled to Santa Clarita, Calif., for the Opening Round.
As head coach, Tidey has produced thee WHAC Players of the Year (Michael Allen in 2013, Brendan Bender in 2015, Travis Bolin in 2016) and a WHAC Pitcher of the Year (Corey Murphy in 2014).
Tidey served as an assistant at DU for three seasons under head coach Wes Cummings before taking the reins in 2012. He also served on the coaching staff at Sparta High School, where he helped build the Spartans program into one of the best programs in West Michigan.
At Sparta, his teams won four district titles, one regional championship and made one appearance in the quarterfinals. Tidey compiled a record of 66-11 in his last two seasons with the Spartans as they were ranked in the Top 5 in Division II each season.
Tidey's playing experience goes back to Grand Rapids J.C. and Aquinas College where he received all-conference and all-region honors at GRJC.
Coach Ryan McCosky
Ryan McCosky returns for his sixth season as a member of head baseball coach Kevin Tidey's staff. McCosky served as the head junior varsity coach until the 2012 season. While working with the defense, he has guided the Panthers from the first base line since 2014.View Ryan's Bio ⟩
In addition to his duties with the baseball program, McCosky also serves as the Panther Recreation coordinator.
Along with reaching the NAIA World Series for the first time in 2015, the Panthers, under McCosky's guidance, tallied 128 doubles and stole 94 bases on 132 attempts. Defensively, the Panthers owned a .962 fielding percentage.
McCosky spent the last four years at fellow Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference foes Concordia, where he served the interim head coach, head JV coach and assistant coach while earning his Master’s degree.
For three summers, McCosky had coached for the Grand Rapids Diamonds, working closely with the Under-16 and Under-18 teams. Both teams had won back-to-back Black Swamp tournament championships in Ohio.
While with the Cardinals McCosky spent time coaching third base and worked with the outfielders as well as running the strength and conditioning program. He also coached for the Michigan Sports Academy travel baseball program for two summers as head coach of both the 16U and 18U teams. in addition, he served as a hitting instructor for the US Baseball Academy during the winter months.
McCosky played two seasons at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before transferring to Concordia. He was All-Conference and All-Academic as an outfielder in his final season.
Coach Bob Youngs
Bob Youngs returns for his seventh year as an assistant coach for Davenport. While he runs batting practice, he served as first base coach until the 2014 season as he moved into the dugout to assist head coach Kevin Tidey.View Bob's Bio ⟩
Youngs, a graduate of Ferris State, has served as the assistant and head baseball coach at Belding High School for a combined 18 years. During his time at Belding, he helped lead them to the quarterfinal round in 1997. Youngs has also assisted with the Belding girls varsity basketball program for two years.
Youngs played two seasons at Grand Rapids CC where the Raiders finished third in the Junior College World Series. He then transferred to Ferris State to play two years for the Bulldogs to complete his collegiate career.
Assistant Coach Brent Gates
Head coach Kevin Tidey is excited to announce the hiring of Brent Gates as assistant coach for the Davenport University baseball program. Gates, a native of Grandville, brings a wealth of knowledge and major league playing experience to his new position.View Brent's Bio ⟩
Gates attended Grandville High School graduating in 1988. He was a two-time All-State selection on the diamond and was selected to the Michigan High School Dream Team at the conclusion of his senior year. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he was a two-time All-American and 1991 Big Ten Player of the Year.
Gates was selected with the 26th overall pick of the 1991 MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He made his MLB debut on May 5, 2003 versus the Boston Red Sox and eventually played seven seasons in MLB with Oakland, Seattle and Minnesota. Gates played in 685 career games and batted .264 in his career with 279 RBI. Among his accomplishments, he was sixth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 1993.
After his major league career, Gates opened up the Frozen Ropes Training Facility and was owner from 2000-03. He spent one season as manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2001, a single A affiliate in Grand Rapids of the Detroit Tigers. He was the second manager in franchise history.
Gates was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and began a high school coaching career in 2008 with Grand Rapids Christian. He guided the team to unprecedented success capped off by three straight MHSAA Division II State Championship game appearances and state titles in 2012 and 2013.
In 2015, he was inducted into the University of Minnesota Athletic Hall of Fame. He also served as a professional scout with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2014-16.
Pitching Coach Josh Rebandt
Rebandt enters his second season as pitching coach for Davenport University. In his first season, he tutored an excellent pitching staff highlighted by Grant Wolfram being selected by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Draft. Wolfram and teammate Andrew Click were both selected First Team All-GLIAC. Justin Palmbos was also named Second Team All-GLIAC under Rebandt's direction. The team posted a 4.87 ERA in 2018 and had 406 strikeouts, marking the third straight year DU went over 400 strikeouts.View Josh's Bio ⟩
Rebandt also got exciting news on October 25, 2018 as he was named field manager of the Traverse City Pit Spitters of the Northwoods League.
Rebandt came to Davenport University from Olivet Nazarene University where he served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers. ONU captured the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2016 and won their most games (39-17) since 2005. The pitching staff had the 10th best earned run average in NAIA with 3.11 under Rebandt's guidance. The staff earned run average was also the lowest by ONU since 2005.
Rebandt has also served as pitching coach for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. His staff is posting a 3.31 earned run average at the time of this release with 559 strikeouts in 647 innings. Rebandt has also been the head coach for the Niagara Power of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. His team reached the Western Division Finals and he coached seven players named to the NYCBL All-Star Team, a franchise record, in 2015. In his three seasons with the team, he won 64 games.
Rebandt played collegiately for one year at Adrian College where he experienced the NCAA Division III College World Series in 2008 and then played and captained the team at Clearwater Christian College for his final three years. In 2011, CCC was the NCCAA National Runner-Up. Upon graduation and after a coaching change, Rebandt was thrust into the role of Head Coach for his alma mater, where he gained on-the-job training from 2011-2014. He holds a bachelor's degree from Clearwater Christian College and a master's degree from Olivet Nazarene.
Assistant Coach Connor Seymour
This camp is for baseball players of all abilities ages 10-18. Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, specific position fielding, base-running, and game situations. In addition, pitchers will have the opportunity to work with pitching instructors. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 8-11 (Monday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 8-11 (mon-thurs)
- Check-in: Monday, see registration packet for specific location.
- Overnight Campers: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- Extended Campers: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 2:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00-12:00 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily baseball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision, and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Nike Lanyard: All campers receive a Nike Baseball Camp t-shirt and Nike Lanyard.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Players Grouped by: age and ability
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own glove, cleats, bat and a helmet and wear baseball attire (baseball pants recommended)
- Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities available during inclement weather conditions.
- Medical Protocol: In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
- Dorm: See registration packet for specific on-campus dorm.
- Campers Per Room: 2 (unless otherwise noted in registration packet)
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: No, campers are encouraged to bring a fan.
Nike Baseball Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service.
If you have a group of campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival (Extended 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
- 4:30 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!
Nike Baseball Campers will get to train on the field where the Davenport baseball program hopes to bring their first conference championship home to. This became the new home of DU's baseball, softball, and tennis programs in the fall of 2012. The complex is located on 68th Street just south of the University's W.A. Lettinga Campus and Farmers Insurance Group offices in Caledonia Township. Dimensions for the baseball field are 330' to left and right field and 400' to center with seating for 300 fans. Artificial turf will be utilized for the entire baseball field and outfield for the softball stadium.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Hard work and fun with other campers
August 11, 2018: Lots of work and sweating, but I mostly remember the dormroom experiences with other campers.
— Raymond Camper
He had a great time.
July 18, 2018: I was pleased that my son was evaluated for his skills verses age and was able to play up.
— Erika W. Parent
My son had a great time.
July 16, 2018: Enjoyed getting to know other kids from the area. It was a nice balance of instruction, games/scrimmages, and free time.
— Angela H. Parent
So much fun!
July 15, 2018: The scrimmage games were great!
— Marilyn A. Parent
It was a lot of fun for him!
July 13, 2018: My son really enjoyed himself and gave it his all. He was even awarded “Mr. Hustle”!
— Jessica Parent
Great instruction and competition
July 27, 2017: My son enjoyed the instruction and the competition against others from out of the area
— Bill S. Parent
July 20, 2017: This camp helped my shyer son make a ton of friends and to learn to be aggressive on the field in how own way. He learned to better lead off bases and stealing. Hearing him talk about the baseball game of the coaches and the building of friendships was priceless.
— Casey O. Parent
Can't wait for next year
July 20, 2017: My son thoroughly enjoyed camp. The director and staff were great to work with and he enjoyed the campus as well. Highlights for him included scrimmages and learning new drills. He can't wait to attend next year!
— Kelly J. Parent
July 18, 2017: My son loved drills & games. Evan loved the 1/1 help with catching when he asked.
— Angela U. Parent
July 18, 2017: My son enjoyed the unique drills and the coaching staff.
— Danielle B. Parent
I want to thank Coach Tidey!
"Coach Tidey: I just wanted to thank you for putting on a quality baseball camp for my grandson. You taught him some new things ,& reinforced some things that he was taught previously. The facilities I understand from my wife & daughter were 1st class! Last year as an 11 y/o he played for a Springfield,Ohio 10U team that had a coach that was good friends with Ohio State’s Baseball Coach. He used a lot of their drills & fundamentals which was quite helpful . He had an excellent experience at your camp!"
I enjoyed the food!
"I really enjoyed the food. The coaches were good and there were a lot of activities to do. The turf field was sweet and I enjoyed playing on it."
— Overnight Camper
Coach Wabeke is an asset to your organization
"Thank you for a great experience. Coach Wabeke is an asset to your organization."
— Overnight Camper
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."
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."
— Overnight Camper
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."
— Overnight Camper
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."
— Extended Day Camper
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."
He loved it. Please make it for longer though. The time was too short for my kid, he loved it so.
This was my sons second year attending Nike camp at Davenport Grand Rapids MI and he loved it. This year he took a friend. =) I, as a parent, wish there were more just in time training and redirection but was overall very satisfied. He will be back next year and likely bring more friends.
Our experience was extremely positive. I was nervous sending my 10 year for the first time to an overnight camp. Coach Tidey was very organized and helpful. I would recommend it to anyone who loves baseball.