Baseball Concepts is based in Zeeland, Michigan in the heart of West Michigan and was founded on the principles of faith and character. Owned by current assistant Hope College Coach, Devin Schaefers, 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 on and off the field and it is something we do not take for granted.
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!
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. Having been coached and mentored by former Major league Pitcher (Jeff Heathcock) and current Cal State Fullerton head coach (Rick Vanderhook) Ben is filled with knowledge from both a player and coaching perspective of the game. Working in the offseason with current AAA Teas Rangers pitcher (Stephen VIllines) on mentality and mechanics, players at all levels have been able to relate and progress with Ben’s approach to coaching.
Coach Max Beyer is a softball pitching instructor and team coach out of the Grand Rapids/Holland area. This will be his eighth year coaching, which includes travel teams, varsity, and 1 on 1 training. He worked for several years with pitchers and instructors from Gillis Academy and Krista’s Strike Zone, jump starting his knowledge in softball pitching. He has traveled around the mid-west coaching travel softball at its highest level in PGF, USA, and NSA tournaments to create opportunities for college recruitment. This year Coach Max will have 9 former players in D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and JUCO. The 9 players combined for 30+ All-Conference, 21 All-District, 17 All-Region, and 13 All-State honors through their high school careers. Max not only believes in teaching strong, fluid mechanics but a mental approach that gives pitchers a competitive advantage.
Ryan is a former power hitting 1st Baseman/Catcher who played his collegiate career at Grand Valley State University where he earned multiple All-GLIAC and All-Regional awards while hitting .370 over his college career. Ryan works with hitting training, infielding and catching work. He relates well with players of all ages, and has years of coaching experience!
Matt is a former pitcher at Hope College where he played under Stu Fritz and honed his pitching skills. Matt spent the past several years working as an athletic director and pitching trainer in the Indianapolis area. He has trained several players that are now competing at the collegiate level. Matt's expertise is on the mound, but he also does hitting and defensive training with players of all ages.
Kayla is a former collegiate softball player who played at Alma College! She is now the current varsity softball coach at Zeeland West high school and previously coached at Allendale high school. Kayla also coaches one of the premier travel softball teams in the midwest and consistenly helps players reach the next level after high school! Kayla specializes in hitting training and also provides pitching and defensive instruction!
Chris played his college ball also at Grand Valley State University where he earned All-GLIAC and All-Regional honors as a smooth fielding shortstop. Chris is now the Graduate Assistant Coach at GVSU and specializes in infield defense. Chris also provides high level hitting instruction and is great with players of all ages!
Mercede Daugherty joins the Baseball Concepts staff as a softball hitting and fielding coach! Mercede is an assistant coach for Hope College Softball. Daugherty came to Hope after spending a season at her alma mater, Trine. A native of Watervliet, Michigan, Daugherty played five seasons at Trine and helped Trine to 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the NCAA National Championships and has set records at Trine for the most doubles in a single game and is the all-time career leader in doubles.