2009 Wildcat Summer Baseball Camps
April 7, 2009
Dear Parents and Campers,
Our Summer Camps are specifically designed to help players improve their individual skills. The drill work and one-on-one instruction have made Wildcat Baseball Camps an incredible success and we are dedicated to continuing this instructional excellence again this year.
We have assembled an "All-Star" staff to work closely with each camper and teach him the proper techniques to succeed in baseball. Our instructors will consist of UK Baseball Coaches, current and former UK players, as well as outstanding local high school and college coaches. This staff will provide a terrific learning environment for each camper to show us his baseball talents.
All of our summer camps will be held in Cliff Hagan Stadium. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wildcat Baseball Camp
Youth - Ages 6-14
Offers the young player the opportunity to improve his baseball skills in a fun and positive learning atmosphere. Includes baseball fundamentals, drill work specifically designed to improve skills, and simulated game situations. Every camper is videotaped to ensure the highest quality hitting and throwing analysis by our staff.
Session I: Monday, June 8 - Thursday, June 11
Session II: Monday, June 22 - Thursday, June 25
Half-day camp: 9 am to 12 pm - $150
Full-day camp: 9 am to 3 pm - $250
Wildcat All-Star Skills Camp
Youth - Ages 6-14
In this camp our staff assist all campers in the development and evaluation of baseball skills in a fun and positive learning atmospohere. The campers learn fundamentals with drill work as well as game situations, while also giving them a crash course in teamwork and character building. Our camp emphasizes positive thinking, goal setting and reaching full potential as a player and a team, as well as a commitment to being a positive influence on others.
Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23
Half-day camp: 9 am to 12 pm - $150
Full-day camp: 9 am to 3 pm - $250
Wildcat Baseball School: June 8th and 21st from 7:30 am to 8:45 am at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Wildcat All-Star Skills Camp: July 20th from 7:30 am to 8:45 am pm at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Head Coach Gary Henderson
After helping lead the Kentucky baseball program through its most successful five-year period in the 104-year history of the program, Gary Henderson is in his first year as the head coach at UK. Henderson, UK's associate head coach and pitching coach for the past five years, becomes the 25th head coach in the history of Wildcat baseball. Henderson has been a cornerstone in the success of the UK program over the past five years, helping transform the Wildcats into an annual national contender. Henderson's 2008 staff was the best in the Southeastern Conference, pacing the conference with a 3.71 team ERA, ranking as the second-best ERA in school history.
During his five years as the associate head coach, Henderson helped lead the Wildcat program to two school-record 44-win seasons, two NCAA Regional Championship appearances, an NCAA Regional host and an SEC Championship.
A former National Assistant Coach of the Year in 1996 at Florida, Henderson will be taking his second collegiate head coaching job, with assistant coaching stops at San Diego State, Fullerton State, Riverside CC, Pepperdine, Florida and Oregon State. Henderson's head coaching experience came previously as the head coach at Chapman University (Calif.), where he helped transition the program to Division I, guiding the program to a national ranking in just its first year of Division I competition.
Henderson's impact on the UK pitching staff has been drastic, helping transform the Wildcat staff into one of the top in the nation. The Wildcats' pitching staff improved under Henderson immediately, as the team improved from a 5.86 and 5.23 ERA in 2004 and 2005, respectively, into a banner season in 2006. Henderson's pitching staff becoming a force in the conference during the 2006 SEC Championship season, ranking third in the conference with a 3.95 ERA. In 2008, Henderson's pitching staff allowed the fewest home runs, runs and earned runs in the SEC.
Henderson's impact can not only be seen in the pitching staff but also in his recruiting ability. UK's first recruiting class under Henderson was hailed as one of the top 25 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. He has continued to recruit the best players in the country, as the 2007 class was ranked among the nation's best. Henderson's 2008 class was recently was chosen as Baseball America's No. 4 recruiting class; the highest ranking ever for Kentucky Baseball.
Brian Green - Assistant Coach
Brian Green begins his first season as an assistant coach with Kentucky, after serving as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at UCLA the previous four years. Known as a tenacious recruiter, Green comes to UK as one of the top hitting instructors and offensive minds in college baseball, helping lead the Bruins to 99 wins in the last 3 years. Green also secured the No. 13 and No. 7 best recruiting classes in the nation in 2006 and 2007, respectively, while also assisting in landing the No. 5 class in 2005. Green served as an assistant at the University of Hawaii in 2003 and 2004 and was an assistant at the University of San Diego in 2002, helping the Toreros capture their first conference title in school history. A former player for Coach Henderson at Chapman University, Green also coached with Henderson in 2001, serving as the volunteer asst. at Oregon State.
Brad Bohannon - Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Brad Bohannon, a former standout baseball player at Berry College, begins his fourth season as a full-time assistant coach at Kentucky after spending two seasons as the Wildcats' volunteer assistant coach. Widely known in the college ranks as a tireless and aggressive recruiter, Bohannon is responsible for evaluating talent and bringing mature and competitive players to campus. With Bohannon at the helm, Kentucky has already had two Top-25 recruiting classes, with the 2009 class dubbed as the No. 4 class in the nation by Baseball America. Bohannon played two years of professional baseball for the Dubois County Dragons (Huntington, Indiana) and was named to the 1997 Heartland League All-Star team. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Berry College (1998) and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest (2000).
Keith Vorhoff - Volunteer Assistant Coach
Keith Vorhoff is now in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with Kentucky. Vorhoff spent the 2006 season working as a volunteer assistant with Southeastern Louisiana University, working with the pitching staff. Vorhoff helped improve the staff ERA from 5.34 in 2006 to 4.07 in 2007. Vorhoff has served as a summer league coach for two excellent clubs, including a current head coach position for the Chillicothe Mudcats. Vorhoff also served as the assistant coach for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Summer Collegiate Baseball League, coaching 19 players selected in the MLB Draft.
Jeremy Sheetinger - CAMP COORDINATOR
Jeremy Sheetinger is in his second season as the director of operations for the Wildcat baseball program. A veteran of camps throughout the nation, Sheetinger has worked camps at Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, in addition to running his own camp, the Capital City Baseball Experience Summer Camp. Sheetinger has also gained experience doing extensive work as a lead instructor with TPX Top 96.
A certified Athletic Trainer will be a permanent member of our camp staff. Training facilities are located inside Nutter Field House.
Additional Camp Staff
Our staff will also include outstanding college and high school coaches along with current and former UK players. Coaches from the following colleges have attended in the past: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury College, Berea College, Bellarmine University, Birmingham Southern University, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, University of the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University, Franklin College, Georgetown College, Indiana University Southeast, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lincoln Trail College, Lindsey Wilson College, Marshall University, Miami (OH) University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Spalding University, St. Catharine College, Thomas More College, Tiffin University, Transylvania University, Union College, University of Cincinnati, University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, Wabash Valley College, Western Kentucky University and Xavier University.
Concessions and UK Baseball souvenirs will be available for purchase at all camp
sessions. (Cash and checks only.)
How to Register
Our camps fill up quickly and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed by mail or online.
Mail: Complete the registration form , include check or money order for full amount or non-refundable deposit ($50) and mail no later than two weeks from the first day of camp to:
2009 Kentucky Wildcat Summer Baseball Camps
Accounting Office, Joe Craft Center, 338 Lexington Avenue
Lexington, KY 40506-0604
Online: Online registration is not yet available.
In person: In the event that space is available, walk-up registrations will be accepted. A $10 late fee will apply for walk-up registration. Cash or personal or cashier/certified checks only.
A $50 non-refundable deposit must accompany each application. Balance may be paid at camp check-in in the form of cash, personal checks, or cashier/certified check.
Camp fee includes camp t-shirt and lunch. Note: campers attending more than one session will receive one t-shirt.
Medical Information and Requirements
The University of Kentucky requires:
- a signed Parental Consent Statement ,
- proof of a physical, dated within one year of camp. (The physical may be mailed separately from the application or presented to the camp trainer at check-in) Physician's Statement is acceptable in lieu of a physical, and
- a copy of the front and back of camper's health insurance card.
Campers will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of application and deposit.
Checklist of Things to Bring
Baseball items: one cap, one pair of tennis-type shoes (no spikes), baseball glove, bat, practice shorts, baseball pants or sweat pants, athletic socks, supporter, practice shirts. All campers may wish to bring spending money for souvenirs and concessions. All personal items should be labeled. We ask that you please do not bring valuables.
Sibling Discount and Multi-Camp Discount
Sibling discount available for families with more than one camper.
1 camper: Regular Price 2 camper(s): Save $15!
Multi-camp discount available to campers attending multiple sessions.
2 camps: Save $30! 3 camps: Save $45!