Valparaiso University Baseball Camps provide players and teams with a competitive and educational experience. Our goal is to teach the game by building a solid foundation for players at all levels. Campers will be run through Division I drills designed to develop skills, vision and competency.
All drills are specifically geared to prepare each camper for competition at the highest level.
. Sessions will be a balance of instruction, skills and game experience. Athletes will learn the latest methods in training & technique.
All of our camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, and/or grade level).
Brian Schmack enters his second season at the helm of the Crusader baseball program in 2015.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced on July 24, 2013 that Brian Schmack has been named the 17th head coach in Crusader baseball history and just the sixth since 1946.
Schmack set a school record for victories by a first-year head coach in 2014 with 25. The Valpo pitching staff again led the Horizon League in earned run average with a 3.88 mark while issuing a league-low 144 walks. The Brown and Gold surrendered just 12 home runs in 2014, ten fewer than any other staff in the Horizon League.
The 2014 Crusader staff was anchored by sophomore starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen and closer Karch Kowalczyk. Lundeen earned Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Year accolades following a spring that yielded a league-low 1.94 ERA. His earned run average was over a full run lower than the HL's second-best pitcher. The southpaw concluded 2014 57th nationally in earned run average, 28th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.42), 60th in walks plus hits allowed per inning pitched (WHIP) at 1.02, and 31st in walks allowed per nine innings (1.30).
Ben Wolgamot was named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in September of 2013.
Wolgamot comes to the Crusaders after a two-year stay at Eastern Illinois University as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Wolgamot played collegiately at Danville Area Community College (Ill.) from 2006-2007 before joining the Purdue Boilermakers in 2008-2009. In addition to batting .400 in his final season at Danville, Wolgamot earned both Easton Defensive Player of the Year accolades and a Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He continued his excellence on the field at Purdue where he was named a First Team All-Big Ten second baseman in 2008.
Wolgamot earned a bachelor's degree in health and fitness from Purdue University in 2010.
He returned to Danville Area C.C. in 2010 as an assistant coach before he served in the same capacity at Wabash College in 2011. After a season at Wabash, Wolgamot joined the Eastern Illinois coaching staff.
"Ben has quality Division I experience which will translate well with the guys and earn him instant credibility. He is a tireless recruiter who can identify the correct guys for this program and continue to take us to the next level," Schmack said.
Mishler played two years of collegiate baseball at Kellogg Community College where he pitched in the Division II Junior College World Series. After his time at Kellogg C.C., Mishler transferred to Grand Canyon University to assume the role of student assistant. He worked with the pitching staff in addition to serving as bullpen coach of their Division II World Series team.
Mishler spent the summer of 2013 as pitching coach of the East Texas Pump Jacks of the Texas Collegiate League. He also worked with infielders and outfielders while with East Texas.