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.
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.
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.
Won a State Championship at Holland Christian High School in 2016. Was 15-0 his senior year with 2 perfect games. 3 year starter at Michigan State. Was 4-7 with a 3.71 ERA for his career including a complete game shutout vs. Ohio State. Was 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA before injury his junior year. Spend a summer playing baseball in the highly touted Cape Cod League with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019.