Nike Baseball Camp CSU Pueblo
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Nike Baseball Camp is excited to be returning to CSU-Pueblo. The entire ThunderWolves coaching staff is waiting to give you and experience you will never forget!
Directing the Nike Baseball Camp and entering his 24th season as the ThunderWolves' head coach, Stan Sanchez has built one of the winningest NCAA Division II baseball programs in the nation at CSU-Pueblo.
- Professional instruction from college coaches and college-aged instructors
- Low camper to instructor ratios
- Multi-level ability grouping
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- Nike Camp T-shirt, Lanyard and Nike Prizes
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Camp Director Stan Sanchez
Entering his 25th season as the ThunderWolves' head coach, Stan Sanchez has built one of the winningest NCAA Division II baseball programs in the nation at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Nine regional tournament appearances (the latest in 2015), a West Regional Championship and a fifth-place showing at the 1996 Division II College World Series can attest to that.View Stan Sanchez's Bio ⟩
When CSU-Pueblo reinstated the ThunderWolves' baseball program in 1994 after a nine-year hiatus, Sanchez led the way from the moment he was offered the job.
In a bold statement at a press conference announcing the new coach, Sanchez promised that his program would be playing for the national championship in four years. As he promised, the ThunderWolves did.
In that first season, the Pack qualified for and hosted the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament, and two years later, won the West Regional Tournament and advanced to the College World Series, placing fifth.
Entering the 2015 season, Sanchez, the ThunderWolves' all-time winningest baseball coach, has a record of 756-482-1 (.610 winning percentage). He has the most wins of any active coach in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and last season became just the 49th coach in NCAA Division II history to eclipse the 700 career wins mark. Sanchez ranks in the top-20 nationally among active Division II coaches in career victories. Throughout his entire career at all levels, he has more than 1,000 coaching wins.
From his athletic days at San Gorgonio High School and Cal State-Fullerton, on through his 30-year coaching career, Sanchez relied on his hustle and devotion to get the job done.
Those traits helped Sanchez land the head baseball coach position on Jan. 22, 1993. Once he accepted the position, Sanchez hit the ground running.
The ThunderWolves have been ranked in the NCAA Division II's Top 30 poll over 60 times, with the highest ranking coming in 2004 when the Pack held down the #2 spot for two weeks. In fact, for all but two weeks in 2004, the ThunderWolves had bettered their previous-best in the polls, which had been #8 in 1996.
The Pack won the 1994 Mile High Intercollegiate Baseball League title, the 1994 & 1995 Colorado Athletic Conference championship, the 1996, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles, and the mother of them all, the 1996 NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament championship.
Sanchez's hard work has been recognized by his peers also, voting him MHIBL and RMAC Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 2001 respectively, as well as the West Region Coach of the Year in 1996.
He has led numerous ThunderWolves to all-conference honors and has had numerous players earn All-American accolades.
In 1996, Sanchez went a step further in his quest for a national championship, winning the West Regional Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Ala. Although the ThunderWolves were eliminated after a 1-2 record, they put their stamp on the Division II Baseball scene.
Sanchez's club returned to NCAA regional action in 2001, after his club won the regular season RMAC crown and established a school record for most victories in a season (45) and longest win streak (17).
In 2002, Sanchez took the Pack back to regional action, and the club finished second at the West Regional while posting a 43-17 mark.
In 2004, the Sanchez-led T-Wolves made their foray into previously uncharted territory for any CSU-Pueblo program. The Pack rattled off a 44-10-1 season to claim the RMAC Title and the top seed in the West Region Championship. However, a grueling tournament left CSU-Pueblo one game short of the Championship. In the process, Sanchez's squad earned the highest-ever national ranking for a CSU-Pueblo team, appearing second in two NCBWA polls in April.
One of Sanchez' greatest coaching jobs occurred in 2009, leading the ThunderWolves to the 2009 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament championship with largely the same roster that finished out of the running for a playoff spot just a year before. The team led the nation in runs, hits, doubles and triples, and finished fourth in the nation in batting with a .369 mark. The Pack finished third in the NCAA Division II Central Regionals, its second-highest finish at a regional in school history.
CSU-Pueblo returned to the regional stage in 2013, accomplishing a first by winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on the most enemy of turf - at Colorado Mesa's Suplizio Field - to claim its 5th conference tournament championship and its eighth conference title overall.
The Pack returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 after putting together its seventh 40-win season in program history. CSU-Pueblo finished the year 41-16 overall and won a program-record 28 RMAC games. The ThunderWolves advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the ninth time in program history, finishing third thanks to a 2-2 record. The Pack strung together the second-longest winning streak in program history (15 games) to vault them to a season-best national ranking of No. 8 during the regular season.
In 2016, Sanchez won his 1,100th game as a coach by defeating Regis 10-4 in game one of a doubleheader. He also guided the Pack to its second consecutive RMAC Plains Division Championship.
Sanchez celebrated his 800th win at CSU-Pueblo April 9, 2017 with a win over Adams State and New Mexico Highlands. He became the first coach in RMAC history to reach 800 wins at any institution.
The road to success all started in 1973. Sanchez took over the head baseball coach position at San Bernardino High School, leading them to the Ivy League Championship in his first year.
He then moved on to Aquinas High School in 1977.
From 1979-81, Sanchez's teams claimed three consecutive De Anza League Championships while he earned three coach of the year honors.
In 1982, Sanchez moved up to the junior college ranks at San Bernardino Valley. All he did there was win three divisional titles, claim three Foothill Athletic Conference Championships and earn three state regional crowns. In 1986, Sanchez was named Foothill Conference Coach of the Year.
During his tenure at Valley, Sanchez was also involved in developing the San Bernardino Spirit, a minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization, and even had a hand in coaching future-hall-of-famer Ken Griffey, Jr.
Prior to being named the ThunderWolves' head coach, Sanchez was an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge, an NCAA I program.
assistant_coach Eddie Williams
Eddie Williams joined the ThunderWolves coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach in the summer of 2015. In his three years as a full-time assistant, Williams has worked with the Pack's pitching staff. Williams guided Kyle Lazcano to First Team All-RMAC and Second Team All-Region honors in 2017.View Eddie Williams's Bio ⟩
One year earlier, Williams helped Cameron Weinberg to Second Team All-RMAC honors. In both of his seasons as a full-time assistant, the Pack has made the postseason.
Williams spent the 2015 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Pack, working with the catchers and pitchers. During the summer of 2014, he served as an assistant coach with the Pueblo Collegians of the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League.
As a player at CSU-Pueblo, Williams played in 51 games during the 2014 season. Williams amassed 41 hits, 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored. At the conclusion of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, Williams was tabbed to the all-tournament team after going 6-for-16 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Prior to joining the Pack, Williams spent two seasons behind the plate at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Williams began his collegiate baseball career at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan. In 2011, Williams helped lead Seward to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Williams earned an associate’s degree in science from Seward in 2011. He went on to graduate from CSU-Pueblo in December of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Williams completed his bachelor’s degree with a 3.3 GPA.
assistant_coach Mike Massaro
Former CSU-Pueblo all-conference selection, Pueblo-native and current professional baseball player, Mike Massaro, is entering his fifth season as a volunteer assistant coach with the CSU-Pueblo baseball program.View Mike Massaro's Bio ⟩
As a hitting coach for the Pack, Massaro guided Jordan Godman to All-American honors in 2016.
Massaro, drafted in the 13th round of 2005 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, reached as high as AAA in the Athletics' system, earning such honors as Northwest League Player of the Month in July 2005 with the Vancouver Canadiens, and Midwest League All-Star honors with the Class A Kane County Cougars in 2007.
From 2009-2012, Massaro has been a member of the Gary Southshore Railcats in the independent American Association, establishing himself as one of the league's top players. He was a 2009 all-star with the Railcats and holds numerous franchise records, including career batting and triples.
As a member of the ThunderWolves from 2003 to 2005, Massaro was a two-time all-conference selection and earned all-RMAC Tournament honors twice. In 2005, he accomplished the rare feat of earning all-tournament honors both as a pitcher and outfielder. He is currently the CSU-Pueblo career leader in at bats, runs scored, hits and fielding percentage by an outfielder.
At Pueblo East High School in Pueblo, Colo., Massaro was a three-time first-team South Central League selection and the league's batting champion as a senior in 2002.
assistant_coach Mike Sanchez
Former CSU-Pueblo second baseman Mike Sanchez is entering his fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach with the CSU-Pueblo baseball program.View Mike Sanchez's Bio ⟩
From 2007-10, Sanchez established himself as a rare four-year starter with the ThunderWolves, setting school records for highest career and single season fielding percentage by a second baseman. As a senior, he earned the distinction as being the hardest in the nation to strike out, whiffing only four times in 144 at bats. He also set school records in sacrifice hits and currently sits eighth in NCAA Division II history for most career sacrifice hits with 46.
Check-in time and place TBD.
Check-out time and place TBD.
Includes all baseball and night activities, all meals from dinner on Sunday to lunch on Wednesday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
EXTENDED DAY CAMP
Includes all baseball and night activities, dinner on Sunday, lunch and dinner Monday-Tuesday and lunch on Wednesday. Extended day campers will be picked up at 9:00pm each day aside from Wednesday when camp ends at 2:00pm.
Includes dinner on Sunday and lunch Monday-Wednesday. Day Campers are picked up at 4 p.m. each day.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Rawlings Sports Complex
Colorado State University-Pueblo's Rawlings Sports Complex is one of the region's finest multi-sport complexes, housing the CSU-Pueblo baseball, softball and men's and women's soccer programs.
The Rawlings Sports Complex features a 2,500-seat baseball facility, Rawlings Field, and the four-diamond Rawlings Softball Complex, as well as the Rawlings Soccer Complex.
The three facilities together opened in 1994, to usher in the creation of the women's soccer, baseball and softball programs at CSU-Pueblo. The construction was made possible with a $1 million gift by Pueblo Chieftainpublisher, Robert H. Rawlings, and earned the distinction of being the "best outdoor facility in the nation" by Athletic Management magazine. For his contribution, Rawlings was named the 1996 College Division donor of the year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.
In 2008, the baseball and softball complexes were fitted with synthetic turf backstops while the baseball facility added a synthetic turf infield, giving the ThunderWolf infielders the advantage of fielding the truest bounces in the RMAC.
Following the conclusion of the 2009 season, the Rawlings Soccer Complex welcomed the installation of lights, paving the way for years of Friday ThunderWolf Night Soccer at the facility.
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Coach helped him find his position
July 17, 2017: My son was unsure of what position he should play. The coach really worked with him to help figure it out.
— Tracy C. Parent
Improved his skills
July 16, 2017: Dominic enjoyed playing the baseball games, and learning how to improve his skills of the game.
— Bonnie F.
Came home encouraged
July 15, 2017: Every day my son came home feeling like the best player on the field. He came home encouraged, inspired and more dedicated to the sport.
— Trisha M. Parent
Baseball weakness quickly assesed
July 15, 2017: The immediate attention given to my child upon our arrival at the camp. His weaknesses in the sport of baseball was quickly accessed and was assigned a coach to help him.
— Leroy S. Parent
Good food and games
July 15, 2017: Food was ample & good. Playing the games was the best part
— Melissa S. Parent
Great mental and life coaching
July 14, 2017: Lots of good baseball coaching beyond physical but also great mental coaching and life coaching.
— Brian R. Parent
July 14, 2017: Skills improved, made new friends, awards ceremony. Definitely recommend it especially the overnight camp. My 12 & 11 year-old had a great experience! Improved confidence level and skill level. Well worth the money!
— Sharon G. Parent
Helps kids grow
July 14, 2017: My son had a great time at camp! He had no complaints. My son had a great time at camp. I think it helps kids grow in their skills as well as a person. Builds confidence and grows their independence. Good coaches and drills. Camp was organized.
— Jeff R. Parent
My son had an amazing time at CSU-Pueblo!!! Coaches were so awesome and my son came back with some very useful information. We noticed a major transformation in how he played ... Thank you for the wonderful experience, we will definitely be back next year!! :)
My son had a wonderful time at CSU Pueblo. More individual work was expected with a small group of boys.
It was an excellent well rounded camp.