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Mike Kazlausky Baseball Camps
Air Force Academy
Falcon Field
August 12, 2023 - August 13, 2023
Grades 9-12
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

I am pleased to let you know that we have released our dates for the Summer 2023 Elite Camp. The Summer Elite Camp, participants will get to work with the Falcon’s staff in its entirety as well as other top coaches around the area. Our Elite Camp will be run during the weekend of August 12-13th. The camp is a non residential camp, but features a “live game” environment combined with great instruction and feedback. Each spring the Falcon’s roster is composed of around 30-40% of former Elite Camp participants. If you have questions about hotels in the area please feel free to contact me.

Participating in our Summer Elite Camp allows prospective student-athletes to visit the Air Force Academy and see what the GREATEST school in the country has to offer. Also due to NCAA rules this might be the best time for younger participants to start their college search since they are not allowed to officially visit a NCAA Division 1 institution’s campus until September 1 of their junior year of high school. The camp will allow you to visit our facilities, talk with our student athletes, meet and converse with our coaching staff and meet other coaches from the area as well.
Camp Features:

2 Day Instructional and Game Type Format
Air Force Coaching Staff and coaches from other schools will be present during both days of camp. Schools attending previously: University of Northern Colorado, Metropolitan St. University, Regis University, CSU-Pueblo, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS), Colorado School of the Mines, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy.
Location: United States Air Force – Falcon Field

Accommodations: All participants are responsible for their own overnight accommodations and transportation. You will also need to have lunch provided. We are working to have a concession stand open for this event to help with lunch.

Contact Information: For general questions or for more information, email Tyler Dawson at Dawson.USAFA@gmail.com

Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.

Camp Itinerary
(Subject to Change)
Saturday
8:00 a.m. Coaches meeting in the locker room
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Welcome, Coaches Intro
9:25 – 9:40 a.m. Dynamic warmup
9:45 – 10:35 a.m. Teams 1-3: Defensive Showcase
Teams 4-6: Strength & Conditioning on Lax Field
10:40 – 11:30 a.m. Teams 4-6: Defensive Showcase
Teams 1-3: Strength & Conditioning on Lax Field
11:40 a.m. Meet back up – Release Teams 4-6for lunch
11:45 – 12:57 p.m. Teams 1-3: Offensive Stations (6 stations at 12 mins)
Teams 4-6: Lunch (on their own)
12:57 – 2:09 p.m. Teams 4-6: Offensive Stations (6 stations at 12 mins)
Teams 1-3: Lunch (on their own)
Rotation 1
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
1. Game 1: Team 1 vs. Team 2
2. Rest Time/Warm Up: Teams 3 & 4
3. Athletics Tour Teams 5 & 6

Rotation 2
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
1. Game 1: Team 3 vs. Team 4
2. Rest Time/Warm Up: Teams 5 & 6
3. Athletics Tour Teams 1 & 2

Rotation 3
4:15 – 5:30 p.m. 1. Game 1: Team 5 vs. Team 6
2. Finished for the day: Teams 1 & 2
3. Athletics Tour Teams 3 & 4
Sunday
Team 1 vs. Team 2
8:30 a.m. Report for Warm up
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Game 1
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tour of Academy
12:00 p.m. Camp Complete
Team 3 and Team 4
9:30 a.m. Report to field for warm up (this includes hitting in the cages
11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Game 2
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Tour of Academy
2:45 p.m. Camp Complete
Team 5 and Team 6
11:30 a.m. Report to field for warm up (this includes hitting in the cages)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Game 3
3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Tour of Academy
5:00 p.m. Camp Complete
In accordance with NCAA regulations, camp attendance is only restricted by age, and any player who is currently enrolled in high school, or is a rising high school freshman, is eligible to attend.

Event Type: Prospect Camp or Showcase Event

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Mike Kazlausky
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Head Coach | Mike Kazlausky

Mike Kazlausky enters his 12th year as Air Force baseball head coach in 2022. Kazlausky was named head baseball coach on June 2, 2011. Kazlausky retired from active duty, effective June 1, 2011, and his interim tag was lifted to official head coach status. A former player and Academy graduate, Kazlausky epitomizes what it means to don the Falcon baseball Blue and White.

Kazlausky, known as “Coach Kaz” is a 1991 Academy graduate and has also logged six years as an assistant coach at the Academy. He is the first Academy graduate to become head baseball coach at Air Force and was the program’s first military coach since 1988.

Kazlausky retired with the rank of major after 20 years of meritorious service with the U.S. Air Force. As the interim head coach in 2011, Kazlausky led the Falcons to a 19-36 overall record, leading the program to the most wins since 2002. The 19 wins were also the second-most in school history against Division I opponents and the most Division I wins by a first-year head coach at the Academy.

In an abbreviated 2020 season, which was canceled after 19 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kazlausky still had plenty of highlights. It started with his 200th win as Air Force’s head man after a 7-3 win over rival Army West Point, Feb. 29. Kaz became just the second AF baseball coach to reach the 200 win milestone. As a team, Air Force finished the season second in the country in stolen bases, eighth in doubles, ninth in double plays, and 43rd in hits. Three players were named All-MW Conference, including senior Ashton Easley, who went on to be signed by the Miami Marlins organization. Easley is the seventh former Falcon to go on to play professional baseball under Kaz’s tutelage.

The 2019 season saw the Falcons conclude the season with a 26-26 record, as well as a 12-14 record in MW play. It is the third time in the last four seasons Air Force has finished .500 or above, as well as the fourth season in a row with 12 conference wins. Four players were named All-Conference in catcher Rob Dau on the first team, and Nic Ready, Ashton Easley, and Jake Gilbert on the second team.

With four players honored, it marked the third time in the last four seasons Air Force has had four players earn all-conference accolades, joining the 2016 and 2017 teams. It is also the fourth straight season the Falcons have had at least one player named to the first team, the first time that has happened in program history. Kaz also saw the final chapter of one of his finest recruiting classes at the Academy, as the Class of 2019 finished with 107 wins, making them the winningest senior class in Academy history. In addition, 2019 graduate Nic Ready set new program career-best marks in games played (217), at bats (917), hits (300), home runs (50), RBIs (224), and total bases (544). He also finished second in career doubles (76) and third in career runs scored (190). This parlayed Ready into a 23rd round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. In addition, Gilbert was also signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Reds organization.

In 2018, Kaz continued the momentum of the Air Force program, posting a 24-30 record to record the fourth 20-win season in a row. It is the first time that has happened at Air Force since recording eight straight from 1988-1995. He surpassed his mentor Paul Manieri for second on the all-time wins list at the Academy, with 171. The Falcon offense remain near the top of the national leaders in most offensive categories, ranking in the top 15 in batting average, doubles, scoring, slugging, and triples. They were also one of the most efficient fielding teams, ranking ninth in double plays and 41st in fielding percentage. He guided Nic Ready to one of the best single offensive seasons in program history, as he was named third team All-American, the 13th in program history and fifth under his leadership. In addition, he had two All-MW Conference honorees in Ready and Rob Dau, who were both also named All-Region.

The 2017 season had many highlights for Air Force.  The Falcons posted a 27-26 season, marking back-to-back seasons over .500 for the first time since 1994-95.  Air Force also produced two All-Americans in seniors Adam Groesbeck (3rd team OF) and Bradley Haslam (3rd team 3B), an Academic All-American in senior OF Russell Williams and a MLB Draft Pick in Groesbeck (38th round – Atlanta Braves).  Air Force produced four all-conference players, including two first team.  The Falcons had a banner year offensively, leading the nation in six offensive categories, including batting average (.344), doubles (153) and slugging (.545).

Air Force put together one of its best teams in program history in 2016. The Falcons posted a 30-27 record and made a deep run through the Mountain West Championship, finishing third. Falcons had the second most wins in a season in program history and for the second-straight season, set a program record for most Div. I game wins. Air Force had four all-Mountain West honorees, including the conference co-pitcher of the year in junior righthander Griffin Jax and the conference co-freshman of the year in 3B/DH Nic Ready. Jax and junior left fielder Tyler Jones earned All-America honors, while Ready earned freshman All-American honors. Air Force had two junior pitchers picked in the MLB draft, as Jax was a third-round selection of the Minnesota Twins and junior LHP Jacob DeVries went in the 38th round to the Cleveland Indians. The Falcons also got it done in the classroom as well, garnering eight MW all-academic honors including junior first baseman Russell Williams, who earned Academic All-America honors.

The 2015 season showed Air Force’s continued upswing as an emerging program.  The Falcons went 23-29 for its winningest season since 2002.  The 22 wins over Div. I opponents set a new program record.  Kazlausky guided the Falcons to its second-ever win over an SEC school with their win over Missouri.  Coach Kaz also had his second-ever MLB draft pick, when senior RHP Ben Yokley was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 29th round.  In 2015, Kazlausky also became Air Force’s winningest coach in the Mountain West era.  The 2015 team set 25 school records (individual, team, conference), including best fielding percentage (.966), lowest team ERA in conference play (5.06) and lowest ERA in MW play by a pitcher (Trent Monaghan – 3.65).  Kazlausky had three all-conference performers in outfielders Adam Groesbeck, Spencer Draws and pitcher Griffin Jax.  In addition, the Falcons excelled in the classroom, with seven MW all-academic selection and an academic all-district honoree in outfielder Russell Williams.  The Falcons also sent a player to the prestigious Cape Cod wood bat summer league as pitcher Jacob DeVries played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

In 2014, Kazlausky guided the Falcons to its best season in over a decade, posting a 20-34 record. The Falcons reached the 20 win mark for the first time since 2002 and its 19 wins over Div. I opponents is tied for the third-most ever in school history. Kazlausky produced his first Freshman All-American in outfielder Tyler Jones, who earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors. Jones also earned All-Mountain West honors, becoming the first Air Force freshman to earn all-conference honors in 23 years, dating back to 1991. Air Force was 4-2 against ranked teams in 2014, earning its first-ever series sweep of a ranked team, when it swept #20 UNLV in a three-game series.

The Falcons posted a 15-39 record in 2013. The Falcons had their winningest conference season since 2002. Kazlausky had his first player drafted in senior catcher Garrett Custons, who was a 10th round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays. Custons was also one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Falcon baseball also continued to excel in the classroom, producing a school-record eight Academic All-Conference players.

In 2012, Air Force went 14-39 with a young team that often times started as many as five freshmen in the field. The Falcons posted a 6.10 team ERA that was the second-lowest in the past 30 years. The Falcons featured two All-Mountain West selections in junior catcher Garrett Custons and sophomore designated hitter Seth Kline. The Falcons also posted their first winning season at home since 2002 and defeated a Big 12 school (Kansas) for the first time since 2001. In addition, Air Force set a school record with 46 sacrifice bunts.

In his first year, Kazlausky led Air Force to its first win over a Pac 10 school in 21 years and its first four-game sweep since 2003. The team fielded .960 to set a new school record. Sophomore Garrett Custons earned First-Team All-Mountain West honors by ranking in the conference top 10 in 11 categories. Sophomore right-hander Sean Carley posted one of the best seasons ever by a Falcon pitcher, earning second-team All-MW honors, the first Falcon pitcher to earn all-conference honors since 2002. Carley posted a 3.94 earned run average, the lowest at the Academy in 28 years. His 4.10 ERA in conference games set a school record in the Mountain West era. Air Force lowered its team ERA by over five runs a game from the 2010 season (11.31 to 6.09). The 6.09 team ERA was the lowest at Air Force in 29 years, dating back to 1982.

“This is my school and no one is more proud than I to have gone through the Academy and to have served for 20 years in the Air Force,” Kazlausky said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to represent our United States Air Force Academy! It is a tremendous honor and a privilege to be associated with the Academy and the Air Force as the Head Baseball Coach. I have a great understanding of all the pillars at the Academy, and I truly understand the mission of the Academy and the Air Force. Our job, as a staff, is to ensure success not only on the baseball field but in all facets of the Academy and that each young man is ready to lead our great country upon graduation!”

As one of the most inspirational and emotional players to ever wear the Air Force baseball uniform, Kazlausky came to USAFA baseball as a walk-on and started all four years. At the time of his graduation, he held eight career records and still ranks among the top 10 in seven all-time offensive categories. A two-time all-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) selection, Kazlausky led the Falcons in batting in 1989 and 1991.

After a standout baseball career with the Falcons, “Kaz” spent three seasons from 1993 to 1995 as an assistant coach to former Falcon head coach Paul Mainieri, now the head skipper at LSU. During this time, the Falcons posted three consecutive winning seasons. The 1994 team led the nation in batting average, slugging percentage and triples. The 1995 team won 29 games, the second most in school history. After leaving the Academy in the summer of 1995, Kaz spent four years at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., as a pilot in the C-17 aircraft.

He later returned to the Academy in the fall of 2000 as a TG4 and T-41/C-150 evaluator pilot in the 94th Flying Training Squadron. In addition to his flight duties, he also served as the volunteer baseball coach for the Falcons as well as the Preparatory School head baseball coach. During his tenure, the 2002 Falcon team set the school record for most Div. I victories and two Falcon players were drafted into the minor leagues. Kazlausky then returned back to Charleston Air Force Base in 2004. He spent the next two and a half years as a C-17 pilot actively serving in the War on Terror, before returning to the Academy from 2006-2008 for this third tour as an assistant baseball coach. Kazlausky spent 2010 as an Air Officer Commanding (AOC) for cadet squadron 12 at the Academy.

In 2007, Kazlausky was inducted to the Lake County Hall of Fame in Lake County, Ill., for outstanding achievement. In 2008, he was inducted into the 14th Airlift Squadron Hall of Fame in Charleston, S.C..

Coach Kaz and his wife, Kris, live in Monument with their daughter, Sammy and son, Mick.

Kyle Winkler
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Kyle Winkler | Assistant Coach 

Drew LaComb
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Drew LaComb | Assistant Coach

LaComb enters the role of hitting coach and offensive coordinator for the Falcons, as he joins Air Force having previously served as the head coach of Regis University for four seasons. The Rangers were an impressive 87-77-1 during his tenure as skipper.

Regis continued its steady progression under LaComb in 2023 as the team reached the RMAC Tournament championship game for the first time since 2012, falling to nationally No. 1 ranked Colorado Mesa. The Rangers, who tied the school record for the longest winning streak (13) during the spring, finished the 2023 season with a 31-24 overall record and in third place in the RMAC regular season standings. The 2023 squad set the program record for runs scored (517) and saw first baseman Matt Marlow become the program’s first All-American selection since 2018.

The year prior, LaComb was named the RMAC Coach of the Year in 2022 after leading the Rangers to the program’s best regular season finish in the RMAC standings (2nd) since joining the conference in 1997. Regis posted a record of 27-24-1 overall and 20-12 in conference. The team had three players (Justin Kleinsorge, Colten Chase and Roger Riley) all earn All-Conference honors, while Kleinsorge went on to be named Second Team All-Region. Academically, the Rangers had 21 student-athletes earn RMAC academic recognition while the team won the 2021-22 RMAC Brechler Award for the highest team GPA in the conference (3.433).

In the spring of 2021, LaComb and the Regis University baseball team finished the season 21-19 with a 17-17 record inside of the RMAC. The team opened the season winning 10-straight games, which is now cemented as the best start in program history. Regis qualified for the RMAC Tournament where they matched up with three-seed University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. After falling to UCCS, RU’s tournament hopes came to an end at the hands of #1 ranked Colorado Mesa University in the second game of the RMAC Tournament (double-elimination). During the regular season, Regis reached as high as sixth in the NCBWA South Central Regional Poll.

LaComb guided the Rangers to an 8-10 record overall during his first season, including a 4-0 record at home on account of a four-game sweep over Northern State from Feb. 28-March 1. Additionally, 11 student-athletes made the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) All-Academic Honor Roll under his watch.

Prior to taking the helm at Regis, he served as an assistant coach for three years at RU. During his first two years, LaComb helped the Rangers secure three All-Conference, one All-Region, and one national Gold Glove selection. He has helped coach nine additional All-Conference players.

Before being an assistant coach, LaComb was a standout player at RU (2014-16), bolstering a career batting average of .361, which ranks 18th all-time in Rangers baseball history. In addition, he was a coach at the Catalyst Baseball Club, located in Golden, Colo., and an instructor at the Las Vegas Baseball Academy in Las Vegas, Nev.

LaComb spent two seasons at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., before joining Regis. He was named captain of the MCC team that won the NJCAA Division II National title in 2014 with a 52-13 record.

Tyler Dawson
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Tyler Dawson | Assistant Coach

On August 9, Air Force baseball head coach Mike Kazlausky announced the addition of Tyler Dawson to the 2023 coaching staff. Dawson replaces Marc Mumper, who accepted a player development position with the Cleveland Guardians organization.

“I am so excited to be joining the coaching staff here at the Air Force Academy,” said Dawson. “The guys here have committed to serving all of us at all costs, and getting the opportunity to serve them is one of the coolest things I may ever get to do.”

Dawson, 28, was among the youngest head coaches in the country at Cleveland Community College where he led the Yetis baseball program the past two seasons. As well as serving as head coach, Dawson also was tasked with producing the strength and conditioning objectives of both the baseball and softball programs. His duties also included the development of hitters and infielders, recruiting, scheduling, and sports information responsibilities.

“I’m so thankful for Coach Kaz, Jimmy (Roesinger), and Ryan (Forrest) for bringing me into their family and giving me the opportunity to help grow these young men through the game of baseball,” Dawson said.

At Cleveland Community College, Dawson played a large role in building the foundation of a start-up baseball program. In 2022, only the second year of the Yetis existence, Cleveland Community College finished second in the Region 10 DII Tournament, ending the spring with a 31-23 record.

Prior to his time in Shelby, N.C., Dawson was the Director of Operations for Big League Camp, a baseball and softball sports and lodging facility on Lake James, N.C. There, Dawson managed the schedule for the facility as well as teaching hitting, and speed and agility classes for high school and collegiate athletes.

Dawson worked as an assistant coach in the Coastal Plain Summer Collegiate League in the summer of 2019. With the Edenton Steamers, Dawson held the title of hitting coach while also assisting the development of the outfielders. Dawson also served as the head coach of Blacksburg (Va.) High School’s baseball program in 2019.

From 2016-17, Dawson was a member of the softball coaching staff at Virginia Tech, primarily working as the program’s strength and conditioning coach. His coaching stops include time spent with the Park City Rangers of the Kansas Collegiate League as well as Limestone University (S.C.).

Dawson graduated from Bridgewater College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. At Bridgewater College, Dawson played both baseball and football for the Eagles. This summer, he completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration with an emphasis in Kinesiology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

A native of Amherst, Va., Dawson is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA, as well holding certificates from USA Weightlifting and USA Baseball.

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