Cal Fall/Winter/Spring Baseball Clinics
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Come join the winning tradition of the California Golden Bears Baseball Program this off-season to help prepare you for your season! We will be offering a few different programs, for all age groups, throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring.
It's time to shake those cobwebs off your gloves because before you know it tryouts will be here! Get the most out of your off season training by working directly with top collegiate baseball coaches during one of their off-season clinics.
Camp Director Michael Neu
Cal baseball will call on a familiar face to write its next chapter as former Golden Bear pitching coach and major league pitcher Mike Neu agreed on July 5, 2017 to become the 11th head coach in program history.View Michael Neu's Bio ⟩
In year one as the Golden Bears' skipper, Neu guided the Bears to a 32-22 overall record and 16-14 mark in the Pac-12. The 2018 season was highlighted by the emergence of Andrew Vaughn as one of the nation's top players and Neu was present in Los Angeles when Vaughn became the first Cal baseball player ever to win the prestigious Golden Spikes Award as the country's top amateur baseball player.
Cal's pitching coach from 2012 to 2015, Neu returns to Berkeley after two years as head coach at the University of the Pacific where he guided a rebuilding Tigers program to 40 wins over his two seasons. That turnaround started immediately in 2015 as Pacific won 12 games in the always-competitive West Coast Conference, the program's second-most conference wins since 1999.
On the mound, the 2018 Bears showed dramatic improvement in Neu's first season as head coach. Under his tutelage, Cal's pitching staff lowered its collective ERA by almost a full run (5.17 to 4.20) from the year before. Aaron Shortridge established himself as one of the Pac-12's top pitchers, compiling a 2.77 ERA with three complete games in 12 starts (17 appearances). Tanner Dodson moved to the back end of the bullpen and set the school single-season record for saves with 11.
Before making the move to Stockton, Neu established himself as one of the Pac-12's top pitching coaches and recruiters under head coach David Esquer, who recently stepped down following his 18th season as Cal's head coach. Under his tutelage, the 2015 Bears compiled a team ERA of 3.03, the second-best mark for a Cal pitching staff since 1976. That team reached the final of the Texas A&M Regional thanks in part to the contributions of three of Neu's pupils – Daulton Jefferies, Ryan Mason and Alex Schick – who would go on to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Neu's reputation in pitching circles was already well-known. Serving as head coach at Diablo Valley College from 2009-11, Neu led the Vikings to an 87-41 record and two Big 8 Conference titles. His 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in Northern California and DVC pitchers led all California Community Colleges with a 2.13 team ERA.
As a player, the Napa, Calif. native enjoyed a standout career at the University of Miami before going on to play in the Dodgers, Marlins, A's and Reds organizations. Neu was called up to the Major Leagues with the A's on April 9, 2003 and compiled a 3.64 ERA in 32 relief appearances that season.
At Miami, Neu helped the Hurricanes win the 1999 College World Series and finished the year 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 67 innings. Named a Collegiate Baseball All-American, Neu led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (14.8) and was selected to the All-CWS team after earning three saves and appearing in all four of Miami's games in Omaha.
Before to transferring to Miami, Neu starred at Sacramento City College where he was named Northern California Pitcher of the Year, Bay Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and a junior college All-American after going 15-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 139 strikeouts. He was also a standout for the same Vintage High program that produced Cal pitchers Jared Horn and Aaron Shortridge, setting Monticello Empire League records for career wins (21) and strikeouts (196).
"We are extremely excited to welcome Mike Neu back to Berkeley as the head coach of our baseball program," then-Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "During his first tenure here, Mike displayed a keen understanding of what it takes to recruit and develop student-athletes for success both on the field and in the Berkeley community as a whole. That experience, combined with the time he has spent as head coach at Pacific, convinced us that he is the perfect fit to lead Cal baseball."
"I'm unbelievably excited to be back," Neu said. "I had such a great experience there for four years. I know how much of an important role I have and the challenge we have but I'm excited to be part of Cal again. It was a great experience at Pacific. I definitely feel like we had begun to build something special there. The administration and staff were great to me there. I really think that program is in a great place moving forward."
Neu earned a Master's degree in physical education from Ball State in 2011. He and his wife, Nicole, have two sons, Damon and Maddax.
Assistant Coach Damon Lessler
Damon Lessler comes to Cal as an assistant coach for the 2018 season and will assist head coach Mike Neu in a variety of areas in his first season as a Golden Bear.View Damon Lessler's Bio ⟩
A Bay Area native who hails from nearby Castro Valley, Calif., Lessler spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State. He served as the Spartans' recruiting coordinator while also working with infielders, hitters and coaching third base.
Prior to joining the Spartans, Lessler spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Cal Poly and worked in the same role at Southern Mississippi in 2015. In 2013 and 2014, he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chico State and helped the Wildcats go a combined 80-33 in two seasons. Working again with infielders, he helped Chico State compile a .977 fielding percentage in 2014, a mark that ranked first in all of Division II baseball that year. Chico State reached the NCAA Division II West Region finals in 2013 and the Division II College World Series in 2014.
A shortstop at Castro Valley High School, Lessler went on to play collegiately at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, Sonoma State and Mississippi Valley State. He went on to play professionally in the Northern League, the American Association and the Frontier League in addition to playing in five different countries. He transitioned to coaching in 2011.
A 2006 graduate of Mississippi Valley State, Lessler earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications while also earning valedictorian honors from the university. In 2007, he earned a master's degree in sports administration from Southern Mississippi, where he also served as a graduate assistant.
Assistant Coach Pat Shine
A longtime coach at the major league, minor league and collegiate level, Pat Shine brings a wealth of experience as he returns to coach in Berkeley for the second time beginning with the 2018 season.View Pat Shine's Bio ⟩
A longtime coach at the major league, minor league and collegiate level, Pat Shine brings a wealth of experience as he returns to coach in Berkeley for the second time beginning with the 2018 season. As a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff, Shine will work with hitters, infielders and manage Cal's overall team defense.
Shine's most recent stop was as manager of the Clinton LumberKings in the Seattle Mariners organization. He joined the LumberKings in 2017 after spending three years as the video replay coordinator for the Miami Marlins. While with the Marlins, Shine also served as a batting practice pitcher and assistant to head coach Don Mattingly.
Prior to joining the Marlins, Shine established himself as one of the top collegiate coaches on the West Coast as an assistant at UC Irvine, UCLA and New Mexico. As head coach at Cal State Los Angeles, he was named ABCA West Region Coach of the Year in 2007.
Shine made his mark in just three years at UC Irvine, helping to produce two Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans, five All-Big West honorees and 13 future professional players. In 2004, Shine helped lead the Anteaters to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in the Notre Dame Regional.
At UCLA, Shine served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2005 to 2006. In 2005, the Bruins welcomed the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the nation to Westwood and in 2006, UCLA placed third in the Pac-10 and made the Malibu Regional of the NCAA Tournament. During Shine's two years in Los Angeles, 12 UCLA players were chosen in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
Shine's first stint as a Golden Bear came in 1998-99 when he worked with outfielders and served as hitting and base running coach as a volunteer assistant for Bob Milano.
He also spent considerable time coaching in summer leagues early in his career. In 2000, as the pitching coach and interim manager of the Brewster Whitecaps, Shine led the team to the Cape Cod League tile. From 1998-99, he managed and served as pitching coach of the St. Cloud Riverbats in the Northwoods League, led the team to the 1998 league title and was named the league's Manager of the Year in 1999.
A former team captain as a player at Gonzaga, Shine transferred to play for the Bulldogs after playing at nearby Whitworth College. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in speech communication with a minor in business management from Gonzaga in 1995.
Assistant Coach Noah Jackson
A 2003 graduate of Cal, Noah Jackson returns to his alma mater for the 2018 season as a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff. It will be his second stint as an assistant for the Golden Bears andView Noah Jackson's Bio ⟩
A 2003 graduate of Cal, Noah Jackson returns to his alma mater for the 2018 season as a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff. It will be his second stint as an assistant for the Golden Bears and Jackson will work with hitters and outfielders while playing a key role in Cal's recruiting efforts.
Jackson comes back to Berkeley after spending two seasons in Stockton as an assistant for Neu at the University of Pacific. Prior to joining the Tigers' staff, he spent the 2015 season as Cal's volunteer assistant and helped the Bears go 36-21, finish third in the Pac-12 and reach the College Station Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Before joining the Cal staff in 2015, Jackson worked for the San Diego Padres as a professional scout. He graduated from Cal in 2003 with a degree in American Studies and went on to play in the Chicago Cubs organization for two years.
Jackson played for the Bears from 2001-03 after transferring from Arkansas. A native of Mill Valley, Calif., he helped the 2001 Bears go 34-25 and reach the Baton Rouge Regional. He appeared in 48 games during his Cal career, primarily as a first baseman and outfielder.
Off the field, Jackson has turned his love of baseball into a force for positive change. In 2003, he co-founded the First Base Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through mentorship, development of leadership skills and building self-esteem.
A product of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif., Jackson is the godson of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker. His father, Sylvester, served as a radio broadcaster for the Oakland A's from 1987-92.
Cal Fall/Winter/Spring Camps and Clinics
The Cal Baseball Program offers a variety of camps and clinics during the Fall, Winter and Spring. Games Camps, Identification Camps, Skills Camps and Specialty Hitting and Catching programs are offered for a variety of ages. Dates and hours of camp are posted on a continual basis, so check back frequently to see the latest offerings!
Camps are open to any and all entrants and only restricted by age and number of campers.Show Less See More Camp Details
MINI CAMP AND HITTING CLINIC
9AM-11AM, Saturday, October 27, 2018
Jeff Kent Batting Cages at Evans Diamond on campus at Cal
After mini camp ends campers can view Cal Baseball team scrimmage game live on Evans Diamond
Other events on campus that day include Cal football taking on the University of Washington at 3:30PM
Limited to 15 Players
THANKSGIVING WINTER SKILL SHARPENING CAMP (NOVEMBER 19-20, 2018)
Cal Baseball is pleased to offer a 2-day, 3-part Winter Skill-Sharpening Camp. The days will be split into three segments: hitting, defense and pitching; you may select one, two or all three of the skill sessions to attend. Each session will be two hours in length and include individualized instruction from the Cal Baseball Coaching staff. For each individual session, the fee is $100, or, for registration in all three sessions, a reduced fee of $250 is offered; the registration fees cover BOTH days of the camp.
Dates: November 19-20, 2018
Ages: Two Segments - 6-12 and 13-18 years old
Price Per Session: $100
Price for all three Sessions: $250
Ages 6-12 Schedule
Hitting: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. ($100)
Defense: 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. ($100)
Pitching/Throwing School: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ($100)
Ages 13-18 Schedule
Hitting: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. ($100)
Defense: 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. ($100)
Pitching/Throwing School: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ($100)
FALL HITTING CAMPS (September - December, 2018)
Session 3: October 29, November 5, 12
Session 4: December 3, 10,17
Times: Three consecutive Mondays from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Limited to 35 Players per Session.
Cost: $150 Per Session
Evans Diamond, the home of Golden Bear Baseball, will play host to all camps. Campers will learn and train in the new, state of the art batting cage facilities. The latest equipment is used to provide campers with a safe and fun camp experience.
One of the most picturesque and unique college baseball facilities in the nation is Evans Diamond, which has served as home of the Golden Bear baseball team since 1933.
Fans enjoyed changes in Evans Diamond in 2006, as construction was completed on the Carl J. Van Heuit Training Facility, a new patio area and grass bank was situated along the left field line, plus artwork, sponsored by Truitt and White, now graces the back of Edwards Track Stadium and the Recreational Sports Facility. The Carl J. Van Heuit Training Facility, named after the former Cal football Hall of Famer who was a staunch supporter of the Bears' baseball program, provides the team with indoor batting cages (Jeff Kent Batting Cages), indoor and outdoor bullpens (Stuart Gordon Bullpens), as well as weight training and conditioning equipment. The graphics on the RSF wall are of former Cal standouts Chuck Hensley, Rod Booker, Lance Blankenship, Jon Zuber, Matt Luke, Bobby Kahlon, Xavier Nady and Conor Jackson.
Evans Diamond's received a field facelift in the fall of 1992 at a cost of $275,000, which was completely paid for by Cal alums. RNT Landscaping of San Leandro, Calif. completed the renovation of the Evans Diamond playing surface, which included leveling the field, installing a new drainage system, replacing both the infield and outfield grass and placing a warning track around the entire field.