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Why Attend Best of the South Baseball Camps?
First, our camps are designed to provide players of all skill levels the opportunity to better themselves as players. Secondly, we demand that campers have fun and enjoy the game. Finally, our goal is to offer an advanced level of instruction from coaches that are positive, enthusiastic, and caring ambassadors of the game.
Our events are held at the athletic complex on the picturesque campus of Barry University. Feinbloom field provides one of the best playing surfaces in the Sunshine State Conference. Recent, current, and future facility upgrades make our complex a place to admire.
Each of our camps/showcases is hosted by members of the Barry Baseball staff. Our November showcase employs members of each college denomination namely Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and Junior College. Current members of the ballclub and alumni also have participated.
Our events have proven to be very beneficial in the past, as several current and past Barry players were first identified! Evan Ashley and Ray Rhoads, two former campers.
Meet our Staff
Head Coach, Marc Pavao
Marc Pavao enters his eighth year at the helm for the Buccaneers. After serving as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Buccaneers for seven years, Pavao was named to the head coaching position prior to the 2006 season. In seven seasons, he has compiled a 236-132-2 overall record and a 100-66 mark against Sunshine State Conference opponents, including conference titles and regional appearances in 2009 and 2011. He was named SSC Coach of the year in both those years. In the time Pavao has been the Head Coach at Barry a total of 15 players have signed contracts to play Major League Baseball.
Pavao’s first season as the Buccaneer baseball skipper in 2006 was the best debut in school history, as Barry went 33-21-1. After starting the 2007 season 16-19, Pavao led the Buccaneers to an outstanding finish, winning 16 of the last 21 games. The Buccaneers finished third in the SSC with a 14-10 mark and narrowly missed out on an NCAA tournament berth. In 2008, Pavao led the Bucs to a 32-19 mark. The Bucs set a team record batting .338, with several players having big seasons. The Bucs enjoyed their best season in history in 2009, going 44-11 for the year, earning a #1 national ranking, winning their first SSC Championship, and earning a #2 seeding in the South Regional. Pavao's 2010 Buccaneers went 32-19 overall and 13-11 in conference play. The Bucs posted their second 40-win season in three years in 2011, capturing the SSC title with a 20-4 mark and going 40-17 overall. In 2012, the Bucs battled to a 23-22 mark but finished third in the SSC with a 13-9 record.
Coach Pavao has also had summer baseball coaching experiences overseas and in the U.S. In 2000 and 2001, Pavao worked with Major League Baseball International in Europe and served as a liaison with baseball federations in Germany and France. In 2003 and 2004 Pavao served as the head coach of the North Adams Steeple Cats, a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in North Adams,Mass. In the summer of 2009, Pavao was an assistant coach for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez enters his third season as the Buccaneers pitching coach. Gonzalez helped architect a phenomenal campaign in 2011 in which Barry's pitching staff was one of the best in the nation, ranking ninth in walks per game (2.55), and 10th in hits allowed (585). The Bucs also led the SSC with a 3.38 era in route to a 40-17 mark.
Gonzalez enjoyed an outstanding four-year career with the Bucs. He is one of only three pitchers in school history to win 20 games and holds the school record for career strikeouts with 285. His senior year was one of the best in the program as he went 9-3 with a 2.36 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 101.0 innings, setting the single-season strikeout record. He was named first-team All-Sunshine State Conference and All-South Region. He signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox after his senior year with the Buccaneers and pitched in their minor league system for one year.
Prior to joining the Bucs’ staff, Gonzalez owned Evolution Sports Performance, a company which helped athletes enhance performance using ethical means.