Baseball Summer Camp Information Now Available
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!
LABOR DAY WEEKEND 5 TOOL CAMP
The 5 Tool Camp combines instruction and competition while offering the high school player an opportunity to work with the University of Kentucky Baseball Coaching Staff as well as select visiting college coaches. Campers will be grouped by position and will have the opportunity to work out at their positions. The UK staff will also include various presentations concerning the recruiting process, strength and conditioning, etc. and all the sessions are at the UK Baseball Facilities.
Sunday, September 4
WILDCAT BASEBALL SCHOOL
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 1: Monday, June 6 - Thursday, June 9
WILDCAT HIGH SCHOOL HITTING CAMP
This intense hitting camp will provide the high school player with superior instruction on all facets of hitting, including mechanics, drill work and various presentations. Every camper is videotaped to ensure the highest quality hitting analysis by our staff.
Thursday, July 7
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 fourth year as the head coach at UK.
Henderson, UK's associate head coach and pitching coach for the past six 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 six 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 chosen as Baseball America's No. 4 recruiting class; the highest ranking ever for Kentucky Baseball.
Brian Green - Assistant Coach
Brian Green begins his third 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 sixth 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 fourth 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.