Nike Baseball Camp Embry Riddle University
Improve your game and have serious fun
at Nike Baseball Camps
Play some baseball in Arizona this summer and receive top notch instruction that will take your game to the next level! At camp campers will train in all areas of the game - hitting, fielding, base running, and team play. Join the fun and get better!
Directing the program is Anthony Gilich, Head Coach at Central Arizona College.
- Professional instruction from Coach Gilich and college-aged instructors
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper/staff ratio
- Multi-level ability grouping
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- Nike Camp T-shirt, Lanyard and Nike Prizes
- Nike Baseball Camp Graduation Certificate
- View More Details ⟩
Camp Director Anthony Gilich
Coach Gilich enters his 11th season at Central Arizona College and 4th as head coach.View Anthony Gilich's Bio ⟩
In only his second year as head coach, the Vaqueros won the ACCAC Conference championship and Gilich was awarded ACCAC Coach of the Year. He currently owns the second best winning percentage among all coaches in the history of the program (.689) with a 124-56 record and started the 2016 campaign with 17 consecutive wins. In his three years, 17 players have been selected ALL-ACCAC, 1 named ACCAC Player of the Year (Caleb Henderson), 1 NJCAA All American (Grant Townsend), 1 NJCAA Rawlings Gold Glove (Pikai Winchester), 8 players drafted and 42 have committed to four-year universities.
2017 saw the Vaqueros finish as the District Finals and Region 1 Runner-up and fall one game short of a NJCAA World Series appearance.
In his inaugural season as head coach the Vaqueros finished 37-19, including a conference best 13 game win streak. The 37 wins ranks him #1 all-time among CAC coaches in their first year at the helm.
In 2008, as an assistant under the direction of Gilich, CAC broke the all-time fielding percentage record in NJCAA Division I history with a .977 rate. His infielders finished in the Top 15 of the NJCAA I in fielding each year.
Gilich's offense led the ACCAC in stolen bases in 2011 and set a school record with 203. Also, during his tenure as recruiting coordinator, 75 CAC players committed to NCAA Division I schools while 24 were drafted - including first-rounder Keenyn Walker and third-rounder Fernando Perez. Also, six Vaqueros were named ACCAC Player of the Year and six have earned NJCAA Rawlings Gold Glove Award. As an assistant at Central, Gilich coached Josh Spence and AJ Schugel who both played in the MLB.
Gilich coached from 2003-07 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., where he was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He was responsible for managing the third base box and coaching the team's infielders.
In 2004, UPS led the Northwest Conference in stolen bases and in stolen base percentage, converting 90 of 115 attempts during the season. In addition, the Loggers had a higher fielding percentage and fewer errors every season upon his arrival in 2003. During Gilich's tenure, five Puget Sound infielders were selected All-Northwest Conference.
Gilich also has served as the head coach of the highly-recognized Triple Play Hornets from 2004-07. In 2007, he guided the Hornets to a 47-16 record as well as winning their second consecutive USABF World Series Championship in San Diego. During his tenure with Triple Play, every player was placed at the college level including former Vaqueros Cade Thompson, Joe Anson and Tim Steggall.
Gilich had an outstanding prep career at Gig Harbor High School (WA) where he earned First Team All-State honors as a shortstop and also won a state championship in 1997. He still holds the school record for most saves in a season with 5, and most career saves with 12.
Collegiately, he finished his playing career at Santa Barbara City College.
In 2003, Gilich graduated cum laude from Central Washington University with a degree in speech communication and a minor in sociology. Gilich is married to Alison Smith and they reside in Chandler, AZ with their son Grady.
Coach Jerry A'Hearn
Jerry A'Hearn enters his sixth year as an assistant coach for the Vaqueros. His primary role will be coaching the pitchers, coordinating the program's strength and conditioning and has been named the recruiting coordinator.View Jerry A'Hearn's Bio ⟩
In his first five years at CAC his pitching staff has earned 11 ALL ACCAC selections, 12 players have been drafted, 20 signed with D1 schools and 1 ALL American (Grant Townsend). In 2017, the CAC pitching staff broke the school record for strikeouts in a season (588).
A’Hearn played his high school ball at Sabino High School from 2005 to 2007, and played two of those years under Mike Hanson. In his time at Sabino, A'Hearn earned all region honors his junior and senior year, along with being named to the 2007 Rawlings Western All Region Team his senior year.
After high school A'Hearn continued his career at Central Arizona College for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. While at Central, A'Hearn helped his team to 2 JUCO Region 1 Championships, 1 Western District Championship (2008), and a 3rd place finish in the JUCO World Series (2008). He was a member of the 2009 team that set the school record for win percentage with a 51-13 record. In 2008 Jerry led all freshman pitchers in innings pitched (45.1), strikeouts (41), and appearances (22). As a sophomore A'Hearn went 5-1 with 2.77 era and 49 strikeouts in 48.2 innings pitched in 16 appearances. He is among the top 10 in school history for career appearances (38) and appearances in a season (22).
After A'Hearn was finished at Central, he went to play and pursue his degree at Cameron University in Oklahoma. A'Hearn went 4-2 as a junior, with a 4.61 era in 41 innings pitched with 3 complete games. Injuries limited A'Hearn's innings to 9.1 his senior year. He received a Bachelor's degree in Sports Fitness Management in 2012.
A’Hearn started his coaching career with the Oro Valley Dirtbags, a youth club team out of Tucson, AZ. He coach two summers with the team alongside his high school coach Mike Hanson, winning the Babe Ruth State Championship both years and advancing to the Babe Ruth World Series in Glen Allen, Virginia in the summer of 2011. He was the Dirtbags’ pitching coach, as well as coaching first base and helped with the infield and outfield.
A'Hearn joined the staff in the fall of 2012, and has coordinated the strength and conditioning program, worked with the catchers, and also coached first base.
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 14-18 (Sunday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 14-18 (SUN-thurs)
- Check-in: 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday: 9:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00-1:00 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily baseball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch will be 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 at the field (Day Campers), stretching
- 9:00 a.m. Individual instruction and drill work
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch, free time
- 1:00 p.m. Position play and Games
- 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart, Free time, visit with friends
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Chalk Talks, Free Time
- 8:30 p.m. Evening Activities
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out!
Embry Riddle University is proud to once again host the NIKE Baseball Camps this year. Located just 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, this beautiful campus covers 539 acres of high-altitude western terrain, with campus life centered in a one-mile area. Campers will have the opportunity to reside in the dorms in the center of campus and train at nearby Kuebler ballpark.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
August 03, 2018: His highlights were the scrimmages and batting practice with the coach at camp!
— Carolyn F. Parent
Helped him improve and had fun
July 22, 2018: The highlights for Dawson, were the games and the hitting instruction he received. Dawson and I both feel this was a good camp. He made some contacts that may help him play at the next level.
— Jake M. Parent
So much fun!
July 20, 2018: He loved playing the scrimmage games against other campers.
— Anita M. Parent
It was so worth it!
July 20, 2018: "I'm definitely coming back next year!" That was the response I received when I asked about camp. My son met so many new kids, loved the coaching staff, enjoyed the dorm experience and playing baseball everyday. Worth every penny for valuable connections made and life/growth experiences.
— Theresa M. Parent
He had so much fun!
July 20, 2018: He loved the dorm life!
— Rebecca B. Parent
Lots of instruction and playing
July 20, 2018: Going out on the field and the instructors training us.
— Joey S. Parent
Lots of fun
July 20, 2018: Drills, social interaction with other kids.
— Tiffany T. Parent
July 21, 2017: I watched my son today hit the ball. He improved greatly. He was more confident and focused.
— Lissa W. Parent
July 20, 2017: My son loved the scrimmages and the things he learned about catching. He also really enjoyed staying with his camp mates in the dorms. He texted home that he loved the schedule. "Food, baseball, food, baseball, food, free time"
— Scott E. Parent
Improved my skills
July 20, 2017: It improved my skills of baseball such as pitching and fielding.
— Robert N. Parent
My son absolutely loved it!
"I can't tell you how much my son appreciated being able to attend and how excited he was to go. He absolutely LOVED it! He also loved the stories shared each day - I know that motivated him to try harder. Thank you so much for providing this experience for my son!"
Camp was very informative
"Camp at Embry Riddle with Coach Gilich, Coach Wente and Coach Kipper proved to be very informative. I not only learned physical tools, but also the mental tools needed to become a successful player.
— Overnight Camper
We have three boys and will definitely be returning!
"My child was one of the younger kids and we were SO impressed with the way the instructors encouraged them and also encouraged the older kids to show good sportsmanship toward the younger ones. The camp was WONDERFUL. We are locals but I can't imagine sending my son to any other big campus camp that would measure up to this one! We have three young boys and will definitely be returning customers!!!"
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
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."
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."
— Day Camper
I was very pleased with the instruction received. My son not only improved his game but he came back centered and very respectful of everyone.
Joseph was in heaven with all the boys. He felt that the coaches genuinely cared and enjoyed making a difference to the boys. Joe enjoyed the trust and freedom given by staff. THANK YOU!!!!!
It was the best camp I have ever been to!
The CAC coaches were great!
"The CAC coaches were great! I learned a lot and had fun at the same time."
— Overnight Camper