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 college coaches
- 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
- View More Details ⟩
Camp Director Kevin Tidey
Kevin Tidey is in his seventh season at the helm of the Davenport baseball team and is in his 10th 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 six years at the helm, Tidey has compiled a 250-95 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.
Kevin's playing experience goes back to Grand Rapids JC and Aquinas College where he received all-conference and all-region honors at JC.
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.
Tidey resides in Caledonia, Mich. He has four children: Cade and triplets Brock, Jaeger and Presley.
Coach Doug Wabeke
Doug Wabeke returns for his fifth season at Davenport University as the baseball program's hitting coach. Wabeke also guides the Panthers from the third base line.View Doug Wabeke's Bio ⟩
As the 2015 Panthers was highlighted with a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament and an NAIA World Series appearance, they finished third in the nation in batting average (.347) and triples (34), fourth in total hits (700) and sixth in runs scored (504) and batted in (427).
The year prior, the Panthers hit .319 with 88 doubles, 10 triples and 10 home runs. Along the way, the Panthers produced 331 RBI and a .405 on-base percentage.
With a wealth of experience in coaching, Wabeke has served as head coach at Grand Valley State during the team’s 1984 GLIAC championship season and then went on to be the assistant coach at Miami University in 1985.
From 1987-2004, Wabeke served as the head coach at Grand Rapids CC guiding the program to 14 Michigan Community College Athletic Association titles, nine Region XII championships and captured four National Junior College Athletic Association national championships. Wabake has also spent time coaching USA Baseball.
A graduate of Central Michigan University, Wabeke played two seasons at GRCC, where he earned All-American honors and played two seasons at Central Michigan earning all-academic honors in both seasons. From 1980-1984, Wabeke played professionally in the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.
Coach Ryan McCosky
Ryan McCosky returns for his fifth 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 McCosky'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 Eric Lawrence
Eric Lawrence enters his fourth year as an assistant coach at Davenport University and will continue his role in guiding the pitching staff. Under Lawrence's watch in 2014, the PanthersView Eric Lawrence's Bio ⟩
Eric Lawrence enters his fourth year as an assistant coach at Davenport University and will continue his role in guiding the pitching staff.
Under Lawrence's watch in 2014, the Panthers maintained a 2.75 ERA with 312 strikeouts and 157 walks. They also held opponents to a .233 batting average.
A graduate of Central Michigan University, Lawrence was also a standout at CMU as well as Grand Rapids CC.
As a Chippewa, Lawrence was a two-year varsity letterwinner and was named the MAC Player of the Week on two different occasions. As a Raider at GRCC, Lawrence was an All-American and helped the team to the NJCAA national championship in 2005.
Lawrence served as a volunteer assistant pitching coach for Central Michigan in 2008-09 and helped out GRCC in the summer of 2010.
Coach Bob Youngs
Bob Youngs returns for his sixth 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 Youngs's Bio ⟩
During the 2014 campaign, Youngs steered the Panthers to 108 extra-base hits, with the exception of home runs. The Panthers also stole 92 bags under Youngs watch.
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.
Coach Chris Oppel
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.
2018 Camp Dates
- July 9-12 (Monday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 9-12 (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 Softball 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.
Panther Baseball Tradition
Davenport University finished 2013 with their most successful season in school history. The program finished the season with a 36-14 record just missing out on an at-large bid for the NAIA National Tournament. Davenport also finished the season ranked #34 in the final regular-season poll.
Camp Code: BAXRDU
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.
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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 Camper0
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. Parent0
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. Parent0
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.
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