Nike Baseball Camp George Fox University
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Nike Baseball Camp at George Fox University is a fun, intensive camp where campers take their baseball game to the next level. All facets of the game are covered and campers leave camp feeling confident in the new skills learned.
Directing the Nike Baseball Camp at George Fox University is Kevin Kopple.
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- Professional Instruction from Coach Colby Watilo and Staff
- Daily Emphasis on Fundamental Development and Team Play
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
- Low Camper to Coach Ratios
- Excellent Training Facilities
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Head Coach/Director Kevin Kopple
Kevin Kopple enters his fourth season at the controls for Bruin baseball in 2022-23 after first joining the program as an assistant in 2007. In his time as head coach at Fox, Kopple holds an overall record of 50-45 (.526).View Kevin's Bio ⟩
In his first year as the Bruins' head baseball coach, Kopple led the Bruins to an 11-4 (.733) overall record and a 7-2 record against Northwest Conference opponents in a COVID-19-shortened season. Prior to the pandemic, the Bruins notched a perfect weekend against Texas Lutheran, Concordia-Texas, and Hardin-Simmons (Texas) to start their 2020 campaign and Kopple's career on an undefeated note.
Six Bruins were named All-Northwest Conference in 2021 during Kopple's first full season at the helm. The Bruins just missed the postseason in 2021 after finishing a game below .500 at 19-20 overall, but there were flashes of brilliance throughout the year that the team can build on in 2022.
In Kopple's third year at the helm, the Bruins qualified for the Northwest Conference tournament for the first time since 2018, finishing with a 13-11 NWC mark and earning the three seed. Though the Bruins bowed it in two games, Four Fox players earned All-NWC awards, while Noah Meffert earned the Bruins their first ever NWC Rookie of the Year award for his play under Kopple.
"Kevin's passion for George Fox University baseball and his loyalty to the university, combined with his relentless pursuit of baseball knowledge and tireless work rate, makes him the perfect head coach," says athletic director Adam Puckett. "I have every confidence that Coach Kopple will lead the program to contend for Northwest Conference championships and national championships, will guide his student-athletes toward academic success, and will mentor them in Christlike character."
Kopple was a catcher for the Bruins under Pat Bailey, the renowned former George Fox skipper. As a player, Kopple helped lead his team to consecutive Northwest Conference titles in 2005 and 2006 and an appearance in the NCAA DIII National Tournament in 2006.
Kopple joined the program as an assistant coach under Bailey for the 2006-07 season and stayed with the program through Marty Hunter's 12-year tenure as the Bruins' skipper. During his 13 years as an assistant, Kopple worked his way up to the role of lead recruiter and helped Bailey and Hunter lead the program to 10 winning seasons, 11 NWC Tournament appearances, an NWC championship, and a pair of NCAA DIII National Tournament appearances.
Kopple has also helped coach five NWC Player of the Year honorees and dozens of players named to All-NWC teams for their performance on the field.
Off the field, Kopple has helped demonstrate the value of academics to his student-athletes. The Bruins' baseball program finished its two most recent seasons - 2018-19 and 2019-20 - as a recipient of the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association. The award is given to programs that finish the academic year with a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or above.
"I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to lead the program and develop young men," Kopple said. "I look forward to starting this fall and getting ready for what is to come for the program."
Outside of his career at George Fox, Kopple has spent his summers coaching in the West Coast League, a summer developmental league for collegiate baseball players. Kopple led the Portland Pickles to a pair of championships and a runners-up finish and later guided the Bend Elks to a league championship in 2015.
Kopple also has served as the head coach of Team Northwest in the USA Baseball Championship Cup, part of the National Team Identification Series for the USA National Team. His 16-and-under team swept the field and went 5-0 in Cary, North Carolina, winning the gold medal game in August of 2019 after outscoring opponents 29-9.
Originally hailing from Vallejo, California, Kopple played baseball for Napa Valley College in Napa Valley, California, for two seasons before finishing his playing career at George Fox. Kopple graduated from the university in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in history, and earned his master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 2015. He and his wife, Nikki, are parked out by the lake in Newberg.
Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, fielding, base-running, and game situations. You can expect high demand for these first come first serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2023 CAMP INFORMATION
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- Camp Type: Half Day Camp (Ages 5-8) | Day Camp (Ages 9-12) | Advanced Camp (Ages 13-18)
- Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm (Ages 5-8) | 9:00am-2:00pm (Ages 9-12) | 9:00am-3:00pm (Ages 13-18)
- Check-In: Begins 30 minutes prior to the camp start time.
- Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a snack/lunch to camp each day.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily Baseball Instruction
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
INSTRUCTION & FACILITY
Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
Groupings: Campers are initially grouped by age and moved around accordingly based on skill level.
Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities are available during inclement weather conditions.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Small gym bag/backpack
Athletic clothing: t-shirt, shorts, baseball pants (recommended)
Cleats & sneakers
Catchers gear (if applicable)
Packed lunch and snacks
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
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 checkout. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
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Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45am Arrival and Stretching
- 9:00am Defensive Skill Development
- 10:30am Offensive Skill Development
- 12:00pm Lunch, Half Day Campers Depart
- 12:30pm Fundamental instruction and drills, position play
- 1:30pm Games
- 3:00pm Day Camp Concludes
This Nike Baseball camp and The Bruins sport a new look: not in new uniforms or bright-eyed freshmen, but the Morse Athletic Complex itself. After a two-year fundraising and planning process, which is still ongoing, the Bruins will play on artificial turf this spring. This camp will take place on the brand new, state of the art facilities which The Bruins call their new home.
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