About Us

Baseball Concepts is based in Zeeland, Michigan in the heart of West Michigan and was founded on the principles of faith, character, and confidence nearly 10 years ago. Recently purchased by current assistant Hope College Coach, Baseball Concepts is keeping its promise to maintain these principles and continues to build on the firm foundation that has been set. The coaching staff believes wholeheartedly that we’ve been given a unique platform to make a real difference in the lives of today’s youth and it is something we do not take for granted.


We’ve cultivated an environment of competitiveness and encouragement. Instead of focusing on wins and losses, we believe that competitiveness in players should be channeled into being the best version of themselves. Every time a player comes into our facility, they should be prepared to experience growth both on the field and off.

As a coaching staff, we are one big team and we push one another to grow within the game and within our daily lives. We have educated conversations on high level baseball IQ and are always searching for new and inventive ways to convey mechanical and conceptual drills to our players. We understand life is learning and we continue to learn every day from the best in baseball and one another.


Baseball Concepts has a unique stance in the community to give back in ways that most organizations can’t. We know we can be a staple in the community for athletics and a positive outlet in West Michigan and have been working with the Boys and Girls Club giving back to underprivileged kids teaching them the game. We are committed to making our community a better place through America’s Past Time.

Our Staff
Together at Baseball Concepts, our staff is laser focused on providing cutting edge baseball and softball training to all those in Michigan and beyond. These skills are second only to building character and confidence in our current players. We coach every player knowing that they are the next generation to grow up and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Devin Schaefers


As the Owner of Baseball Concepts, Devin will be working with our hitters, pitchers, catchers, and fielders as well as managing day to day operations. Coach Schaefers is a former player and now current Assistant Baseball Coach for Hope College. Devin is a slick fielding ball player from Southern California making only 5 errors in 281 total chances during his time in college. His 15 years of experience behind the dish (coached by a former member of the Houston Astros pitching staff alongside Nolan Ryan) allows him to provide great pitching instruction too.  Devin has received several MIAA awards and accolades in his career, including 1st Team MIAA All-Conference member. Devin has a ton of experience working with youth players and is great at relating with kids!

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Mike Vasche

Pitching/Hitting Coach

Butte College 81′-82′; Pepperdine University 83′; San Luis Obispo Blues 82′; Santa Maria Indians 83′; Ventura County A’s 83′ (NBC Independent League)

Tom Vasche Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals
Dave Dangler Pitching Coach 78′-80′ – Head Scout NW Region Detroit Tigers
Steve Abney Pitching Coach 81′-82′ – Head Midwest Region Scout Cleveland Indians
Dave Gorrie Head Coach 83′ – Pepperdine University

Golden Moments:
California State College Championships 81′
NBC World Series 83′

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Josh Smith


Grand Valley State junior LHP Josh D. Smith (Saline, Mich.) was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round (Pick 749) of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. While at GV, Smith logged 24.0 innings on the mound and recorded a 2-1 record with one save and a 1.12 ERA in three starts and eight appearances in 2018. He yielded five runs, three of which were earned, with 25 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .129. Josh is excited to work with our players and train this offseason as he is working back from an injury.

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Sydney Jones

2X All-American (2017, 2018)
Four years on Hope Softball team as a starter (2014-2018)
2017 MIAA Most Valuable Pitcher
All MIAA second team (2015, 2016), All MIAA First team (2017,2018)
Records set: Most strikeouts in a season (242), Most strikeouts in career (724), Most strikeouts in a game (17), Most victories (21), Most shutouts in a season (11), Most shutouts in career (24), Lowest opponent batting avg against (.193)
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Ben Villines

Ben is a former pitcher turned high school coach, playing at both Junior College and University; In addition to running operations at Baseball Concepts, Ben has a unique amount of experience at nearly every level of the game.
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