Elon Phoenix Summer Prospect Camp
Camp is designed for instruction and evaluation of all high-school aged player (grades 9-12). Instruction will be led by The Elon Baseball coaching staff and players as well as other coaches in the area. This one day event will feature instruction, batting practice, defensive showcase, and simulated game play.
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Winning baseball continues to be the tradition for Mike Kennedy and the Elon University Phoenix as the skipper enters his 27th season as head coach in 2022-23. His previous 22 Elon teams have collected 18 winning records and 16 campaigns of 30 or more victories, all while consistently playing against many of the country’s finest programs. His 2006 squad set a school record with 45 victories while the 2008 team captured the program’s first NCAA Division I league tournament title. Kennedy’s program won four Southern Conference regular-season crowns as well as two league tournament titles. With each victory tallied, Kennedy adds to his record for the most wins by an Elon baseball coach that he set in 2003. In his 22 seasons, Kennedy has guided the Phoenix to 714 victories. In the last 20 seasons, Elon has had 27 victories over opponents ranked in the top-25. In his tenure, Kennedy has led his program to 54 victories over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. The 2013 squad claimed the program’s ninth consecutive top-three SoCon finish, as the maroon and gold tied-for second in the regular season. Kennedy’s Phoenix then put together a run through the SoCon Tournament, winning five straight games after dropping its tournament opener, to win the league title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In NCAA Regional play in Charlottesville, Va., the Phoenix notched one of many firsts under Kennedy as the team advanced to its first-ever regional final. Prior to the start of the 2009 season, Kennedy was selected to serve as the pitching coach for USA Baseball’s National Team (Collegiate) during the summer. With USA Baseball, Kennedy was reunited with his mentor Rick Jones, a former head coach at both Elon and Tulane. Under Kennedy’s guidance, Team USA’s pitching staff recorded a 2.16 ERA in the squad’s 24 games that summer. In 212.2 innings, the staff surrendered 51 earned runs on just 118 hits. The pitchers also fanned 282 hitters and held opponents to a .164 batting average. Under Kennedy, Team USA threw the first-ever no-hitter against international competition. The squad captured the 2009 World Baseball Challenge title. In 2009, the Phoenix took home the regular-season SoCon title for the second straight year and third time in four years. Kennedy’s squad finished the SoCon season with a 22-3 record and went 41-18 overall. Elon earned a berth as the number two seed into the Atlanta Regional of the 2009 NCAA College Baseball World Series. The team also collected the program’s first top-25 finish at the Division I level, ranking 24th in the final Baseball America poll. Elon also checked in at 27th in the last National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top-30 poll and was among the squads receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top-25. The 2003 campaign was one for the record books. On the heels of the university’s first-ever at-large bid to an NCAA Division I tournament in any sport, Kennedy, a 1991 Elon graduate, made his mark by putting his name at the top of the list of Elon’s all-time winningest coaches. With a 19-4 victory over Liberty, Kennedy set the record for most wins by an Elon baseball coach, claiming his 197th victory at the helm of the program. For the former Elon catcher, it was a fitting start to a coaching career at his alma mater. After serving the program as a volunteer and graduate assistant coach for four seasons, Kennedy was named to the head coach post on Sept. 12, 1996. In the 19 seasons (1997, 2000-17) that Elon players have been eligible for postseason honors, Kennedy has coached 44 first-team all-conference honorees, 44 second-teamers, three third-team picks, 28 conference all-tournament selections, three all-region tournament picks, 25 all-state honorees, three league players of the year, two league pitchers of the year, three league freshmen of the year, four freshman All-Americans and two academic All-Americans. In his full tenure at Elon, 53 players have gone on to play pro baseball. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Kennedy was a two-time honorable mention All-American catcher for Elon from 1988-1990. He experienced 102 victories during his career, as Elon posted a .756 winning percentage his last two years. The career .311 hitter batted .321 with seven homers and 36 RBI during Elon’s 1990 NAIA District 26 championship season. Kennedy signed with the Oakland Athletics organization as a ninth-round selection in the 1990 amateur draft, making stops in Scottsdale, Ariz., Medford, Ore. and Modesto, Calif. Prior to becoming head coach, Kennedy spent four seasons as Elon’s pitching coach. The pitching staff finished among the country’s top-20 NCAA-II teams in ERA four years – sixth in 1993, third in 1994, 18th in 1996 and fifth in 1997. Active in his profession, Kennedy is a frequent speaker and clinician at various schools and camps throughout the region. He and his wife, Liz, make their home in Burlington and have a daughter, Blair, and a son, Ryan.
Robbie Huffstetler, a 1999 team MVP and 2001 graduate of Appalachian State University, will mark his 20th year on the Phoenix baseball staff in 2022-2023 after serving as an assistant coach at Appalachian State for two seasons. Huffstetler was promoted to associate head coach for the 2016 season. He works with the Phoenix infielders and hitters. In Huffstetler’s tenure at Elon, the program has had 48 players earn either first or second team all-conference accolades. The team has also boasted a CAA Freshman of the Year, two SoCon Freshman of the Year award winners, two SoCon Pitcher of the Year honorees and three SoCon Player of the Year recipients. The Phoenix has won 503 games since Huffstetler’s arrival for the 2004 season. During that span, Elon has won 40+ games three times, including a school-record 45 victories in 2006. Huffstetler has helped Elon capture four regular-season Southern Conference titles, two SoCon Tournament crowns as well as five bids to NCAA Regional play. In 2013, the Phoenix won its second SoCon Tournament title and advanced to NCAA Regional play, where it reached the regional finals. Elon won its fourth SoCon regular-season crown in 2011 with a 23-7 league mark. In 2009, the Phoenix took home the regular-season SoCon title for the second straight year and third time in four years. Elon finished the SoCon season with a 22-3 record and went 41-18 overall. Elon earned a berth as the number two seed into the Atlanta Regional of NCAA Tournament play. The team also collected the program’s first top-25 finish at the Division I level, ranking 24th in the final Baseball America poll. In 2006, Huffstetler was a part of Elon’s first-ever Southern Conference regular-season title with a 21-6 league record. The team also collected its second NCAA Division I Tournament berth in five seasons, participating in the Clemson Regional as the number two seed. In the regional’s opening game, the Phoenix knocked off third-seeded Mississippi State by a 5-4 margin for the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in any sport at Elon. As head coach of the Coastal Plain League’s Thomasville Hi-Toms, Huffstetler guided the Hi-Toms to consecutive playoff appearances in 2003 and 2004. In 2002, Huffstetler was an assistant coach for the Hi-Toms. In 2003, his squad compiled a 32-16 regular season, tying the league record for wins and winning percentage. As manager of the Hi-Toms in 2004, he coached the team to the West Division title with a 26-24 overall record. In the summer of 2005, Huffstetler led the Mankato Moondogs to their best-ever finish and a team-record 32 wins. Huffstetler and his wife, Rikki, have three daughters, Reese, Rylee, and Reagan.
Jerry Oakes joined the Phoenix coaching staff in September 2020 after spending the past eight seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He will continue in that role with the maroon and gold.
In his time as a coach, Oakes’ teams have reached four NCAA Regionals, including the No. 4 national seed in 2010 as Coastal Carolina won an NCAA-best 56 wins and advanced to the Super Regionals. He has coached 60 MLB Draft selections, with 20 taken in the Top-10 rounds and eight that have reached the MLB, as well as nine All-Americans, 55 All-Conference honorees and three conference players of the year.
A native of Radnor, Pa., Oakes joined the Panthers staff in August of 2012, coaching 17 pitchers taken in the MLB Draft with nine selected in the top 20 rounds. Under Oakes’ tutelage, the Pitt bullpen recorded sub-4.00 team ERAs in 2012 and 2013 and set the program record for strikeouts with 493 in 2018.
Prior to his time in Pittsburgh, he spent four years with Coastal Carolina, where he worked with the pitchers and outfielders. The Chanticleers swept the Big South regular-season and tournament titles all four years as well as recording four consecutive 40-win seasons, leading Division I with 55 wins during the 2011 campaign. Oakes saw 16 players selected in the Draft, including seven in the first 10 rounds, four of them pitchers. While with Coastal, he coached nine All-Americans, 21 First Team All Big South selections, three Big South Players of the Year, one Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and one Big South Pitcher of the Year.
Originally recruited by Coastal Carolina, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2000 MLB Draft and was the club’s Short-Season strikeout leader in 2001, which led to him being ranked as the organization’s third-best prospect. Throughout an eight-year career in professional ball, Oakes also played in the Twins, Braves, Rangers and Giants farm systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Coastal Carolina in 2012.
Lincoln Hewett was named a volunteer assistant coach of the baseball program in October 2022, as announced by head coach Mike Kennedy.
“We are excited to have Lincoln join the Elon Baseball family,” Kennedy said. “His passion and energy for the game and teaching it will be an asset to our program. I believe Lincoln has a bright future in this profession, and we are excited he has chosen to come on board.”
No stranger to the Triad, Hewett came to Elon after a two-month stint as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Greensboro College. Before that, he held the same role for three years at Pfeiffer University, where he worked with the Falcons’ hitters and outfielders.
Hewett also served as the hitting coach for the Coastal Plain League’s High Point-Thomasville HiToms in the summer of 2021. Under his direction, the HiToms led the CPL in home runs and total bases and ranked second and third, respectively, in runs and RBIs.
A 2019 graduate of Greensboro College, Hewett hit .335/.406/.513 with a team-best 48 RBIs en route to all-conference and ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region third-team honors as a senior. He also played two years at South Georgia State College.
A Gainesville, Ga., native, Hewett played high school baseball at North Hall, where he was named to the all-region and all-area teams three times and the Under Armour Preseason All-America team twice.
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