The 2017 campaign marked the Rockets third straight Mid-American Conference tournament appearance and the ninth in the last 11 years under head coach Cory Mee. Over the last decade the Rockets have consistently finished in the top half of the conference owning the fourth highest winning percentage in MAC games during that time.
Coach Mee and his staff take great pride in the quality of instruction provided at each camp. Emphasizing energy and a dedication to the Rocket way, the Toledo baseball camps provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to improve your game and showcase your skills.
Head Coach: University of Toledo
Now in his 14th season at the helm of the Toledo baseball program, Cory Mee and his staff have steadily improved the Rockets’ program to where it consistently contends for Mid-American Conference championships.
In the past eight seasons, the Rockets have finished in the top half of the MAC West seven times, including a MAC West Division title in 2012, and second-place finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2015. The Rockets have qualified for the MAC Tournament eight times under Mee, and hold a 106-80 (.570) MAC record over the past seven seasons. Individually, 21 Rockets have earned All-MAC honors on 29 occasions. In addition, a quintet of Toledo players have garnered All-Mideast Region accolades.
Mee has also set new expectations for his program by upgrading the schedule. In his 13 years, the Rockets’ non-conference slate has included schools from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to name a few.
Pitching Coach: University of Toledo
Josh Bradford is in his 11th season as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. Bradford is entering his ninth season as a full-time assistant after working for two seasons as the volunteer assistant in 2004-05. He serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator and pitching coach.
Under Bradford’s guidance, seven Rocket hurlers have made All-MAC honors on 10 occasions.In addition, a total of 13 UT pitchers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft or signed as free agents on 16 occasions during Bradford’s time working with the Midnight Blue & Gold.
Bradford has also been instrumental in the recruiting process, consistently securing some of the top recruiting classes in the state according to The Buckeye Scout.
Assistant Coach: University of Toledo
Nick McIntyre is in his eighth season as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. McIntyre is entering his seventh season as a full-time assistant after having worked a volunteer assistant in 2009. McIntyre works with all aspects of the program, but his main responsibilities are serving as the hitting coach and infield instructor.
Under McIntyre’s guidance, a trio of Rocket infielders have made All-MAC honors on eight occasions.
“Nick has such a great knowledge of the game and he’s sharing his experiences as a player in college and in pro ball with our players,” head coach Cory Mee said.”He works with our infielders every day, and you can really see their improvement.”
Volunteer Assistant Coach: University of Toledo
Ryan Chipka enters his second season as assistant coach at the University of Toledo. Chipka returns to Toledo after serving as the Director of Player Development and Scouting at Norfolk State in Norfolk, Va. last season.While at NSU Chipka served in a multi-faceted role. He oversaw the strength and speed training and nutritional plan for the baseball program. He was also in charge of obtaining and creating all scouting information, monitoring the team’s academic progress and other program enhancements such as the Spartan Speaker Series and team’s leadership training.
“We’re really excited for Ryan to return to our coaching staff,” said Mee. “He brings an incredible energy and enthusiasm to the ballpark every day and has a tremendous passion for the game. I know he will have an impact on our 2018 team.”In his first stint with the Rockets in 2016 Chipka coached the team’s outfielders and coached first base during games. The Rockets won 9 out of their last 10 games in the regular season to advance to the conference tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years. Chipka has also been active in the summer camp circuit working camps at some of the top programs in the country including Vanderbilt University, Auburn University, University of Virginia, Mississippi State University, and Notre Dame.
The Waterville, OH native returned home in 2016 after the spending the previous two years at the helm of the Rochester baseball program. During his time as the skipper at his alma mater, Chipka led the team to back-to-back USCAA Small College World Series’. The Warriors were ranked in the Top 10 of the country for much of the 2015 season. Rochester earned victories over NCAA Division II member Northwood University and swept the eventual seven seed of the World Series event. Rochester earned a win in the World Series over Penn State – Beaver, before being eliminated by St. Joseph’s College.
As a player, Chipka had an excellent collegiate career for the Warriors. As the only four-time captain in program history, he helped lead the program to back-to-back USCAA Small College World Series appearances, including a program-best third-place finish in 2012. Chipka was named an NAIA All-American, and he currently the holds the school record in hits, assists, and consecutive starts his senior season.
In addition to coaching the baseball team at Rochester College, he served as the school’s sports information director. Prior to entering collegiate coaching, Chipka was a baseball instructor at the Varsity Shop Training Center and as an Associate Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.