UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY BASEBALL CAMPS
Eric Madsen | Head Coach
The 2020 season marks Eric Madsen's 12th at the helm of the Wolverine baseball program. He took Utah Valley to its first NCAA Regional in 2016 and during his career has amassed nearly 300 victories, as he'll enter the 2020 campaign with a record of 297-318 (.493) at UVU.
Madsen has helped his team achieve ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award honors in two of the last three seasons (2019 & 2017), and has also coached a total of 48 all-conference players during his tenure at Utah Valley as well as 94 total academic all-conference honorees.
Among all of the successes his teams have achieved through the years, 2016's NCAA Tournament berth was the pinnacle and a first for the program that moved to NCAA Division I in 2004. The Wolverines earned the Western Athletic Conference's automatic berth by going 4-0 in the conference tournament in Mesa, Arizona, en route to winning the program's first WAC Tournament title. The tournament was capped by a 4-0 shutout of Seattle University at Hohokam Park.
UVU was placed in the Baton Rouge Regional at Louisiana State University. The Wolverines fell to #5 LSU, 7-1, before being edged by Southeastern Louisiana, 3-2, to see the team's run end.
The 2016 team included five All-WAC performers including first-team selections Greyson Bogden, Mark Krueger and Danny Beddes. Beddes became the program's first player to be selected in the MLB draft since 2012 when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 15th round. In 2019, Orem native and fellow right-handed pitcher Paxton Schultz became UVU's highest MLB draftee in program history, as he was selected by the Brewers in the 14th round.
During a three-year span from 2010-12, Madsen led the Wolverines to 123 wins against just 51 losses for an impressive .707 winning percentage. Those seasons also brought three consecutive Great West Conference regular season and tournament championships.
The 2012 season was one for the storybooks for Utah Valley, with a record of 47-12 - including a 32-game winning streak - the school received national attention for the program's unprecedented success. Madsen's club the nation in winning percentage (.797) and had the best team batting average (.350) in the country for the second time in three seasons. UVU also led the nation in runs per game (9.02), runs (532) and slugging percentage (.523).
The 2012 season also included the 32 straight victories, two shy of matching the NCAA record, one of which was over eventual national champion Arizona. For the third straight season, Madsen's club produced at least one All-American with three players receiving the honors in 2012. Goose Kallunki was the first UVU athlete to receive first-team All-American honors with both Billy Burgess and Austin Heaps received third-team recognition. Kallunki received the first-team honors from four different publications, including the National College Baseball Writers Association, which also named the Orem native one of three finalists nationally for the Dick Howser Trophy, regarded as the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. Kallunki was also a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, the District VIII Player of the Year, the Great West Conference Player of the Year and the national leader with 86 RBIs.
Madsen collected his third straight Coach of the Year award in 2012, matching the titles he won in 2011 and 2010, when the Wolverines initially established a school record with 42 wins. The 2011 club went 34-22 and for produced an All-American in senior outfielder Chris Benson. The Wolverines lost just two games in the Great West Conference, going 22-2 before winning four straight games to win the year-end tournament.
Madsen was also named the Great West Coach of the Year after finishing the 2010 regular season with a 26-2 record and leading his team to five four-game sweeps in conference. In 2010, Utah Valley finished as the nation's team batting champion, hitting .372 as a club.
The Wolverines also led all Division I teams in doubles (188), doubles per game (3.19), hits (840), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.029). UVU finished second in the nation in three categories; runs (611), RBIs (553) and runs per game (10.4) and were top five in three other categories.
Individually, Jake Rickenbach led the country in runs per game (1.51) while teammate Jace Brinkerhoff was second with 1.49 and led the nation in total runs with 88. Brinkerhoff, who was named a Third-Team All-American, finished less than one-tenth of a point out of the top spot for the individual batting title, batting a school-record .456. Chris Benson was the national leader with 89 runs batted in.
Madsen has produced 48 all-conference players; 25 first team and 23 second team as well as the Player of the Year in 2010 (Jace Brinkerhoff), the Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year in 2011 (Jeremy Gendlek) and the Player of the Year in 2012 (Kallunki). He has also coached a total of five All-Americans as well as had five of his players drafted during his tenure as head coach at UVU (Paxton Schultz - 2019 - 14th Round by Brewers; Danny Beddes - 2016 - 15th Round by Pirates; Goose Kallunki - 2012 - 27th Round by Padres; Jace Brinkerhoff - 2010 - 38th Round by Angels; Justin Smith - 2009 - 36th Round by Cardinals).
Prior to taking over as head coach, Madsen coached for five seasons as an assistant under Steve Gardner and has been a part of the program since the school's first season of NCAA Division I competition in 2003. As an assistant at Utah Valley, Madsen tutored Kam Mickolio, who was drafted in the 18th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2006. Mickolio became UVU's first player to play Major League Baseball when he made his debut on August 20, 2008 for the Baltimore Orioles. Mickolio, who was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization in 2011 is now playing in Japan for the Rakuten Eagles. Madsen also coached former Wolverine Justin Smith, a 36th-round pick in 2009 by the St. Louis Cardinals, during his first season at Utah Valley.
Madsen spent seven years (1996-2003) as the head coach at the College of Eastern Utah, in Price, Utah, amassing a 146-160 record. While there he coached former MLB pitcher Willie Eyre, who was a junior college All-American while playing for Madsen. He also coached at CEU with current UVU assistant Dave Carter from 1996-99. While at Eastern Utah, he directed the Golden Eagles to a 146-160 overall record. His Eastern Utah teams competed every year in what is considered to be one of the best Junior College conferences in the nation.
Madsen spent two years (1994-1996) as an assistant at Eastern Utah before taking over the helm in 1996. Madsen was also an assistant coach for the Zion Pioneerz, a former professional independent baseball club in St. George, Utah. Madsen's played collegiately at both Eastern Utah, from 1990-92, and at Southern Utah University, from 1993-95. He later received his Bachelor's degree from Bellevue University.
Madsen had an outstanding playing career at both Eastern Utah from 1990-92 and at Southern Utah University from 1993-95. At Eastern Utah he was named the Golden Eagle Player of the Year in 1992. He received his Bachelor's degree from Bellevue.
A graduate of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Madsen lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. As a standout pitcher and infielder he was a three-year starter, two-time All-City selection and was named Athlete of the Year as a senior. Madsen and his wife Jessica have five sons, Mick, Maddux, McGwire, Mays and Murphy and one daughter, Macee.
David Carter | Associate Head Coach
Associate head coach David Carter has been instrumental to Utah Valley's success since his return to Orem in 2008. He is entering his 12th season at Utah Valley in 2020 after a five-year stint at the College of Southern Idaho. Prior to that, Carter coached at Utah Valley from 2000 to 2003 under former head coach Steve Gardner. He also coached with current UVU head coach Eric Madsen at the College of Eastern Utah from 1996-99.
Prior to the 2017 season, Carter shifted his role as the team's pitching coach into a more comprehensive role, covering all facets of the program. Among his many duties, Carter handles the scheduling for UVU as well as coaching third base for the Wolverines.
During his time as the pitching coach Carter led the staff to perhaps its most successful season in 2016 when the staff had a collective .280 batting average against, setting a school record. The staff also saw marked improvements in several areas, lowering its team ERA from the prior season by 1.39 runs per game. 2016 also saw the program's most strikeouts as a staff (413) while also lowering the staff's walks by 19 and the batting average against by 37 points.
He has engineered the team's new defensive philosophy, which -- along with the pitching staff's improvement -- helped allow 10 fewer hits in six more games than the season prior. Defensively the team turned 14 more double plays than the year prior while cutting down errors by 22, resulting in a school-record .971 fielding percentage. The 61 double plays ranked eighth in the nation overall.
In his first three seasons, Carter as helped to improve the overall team ERA by nearly four full points including a school-record 4.74 ERA in 2011.
His first full recruiting class included 2011 Great West Conference Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year Jeremy Gendlek, who himself set a school record with a 1.71 ERA in 2011. The top three season ERAs in school history come from the 2011 staff.
Carter has also been key in helping UVU earn ABCA Team Academic Excellence Awards in two of the last three seasons (2017 & 2019), as well as coaching a total of 94 academic all-conference honorees as well as 48 all-conference players during his current tenure at Utah Valley.
Carter began his coaching career in 1994, as a graduate assistant at Southern Utah University before spending two seasons at Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, Idaho. From there he went to Eastern Utah to coach alongside Madsen before assisting Gardner for four seasons.
During his coaching career, Carter has coached several players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including former MLB pitchers Willie Eyre and Brandon Duckworth. He also coached 2010 draft pick and former Wolverine Justin Smith, who spent time in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Carter also coached Danny Beddes, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 15th round of the 2016 draft as well as Paxton Schultz, who became UVU's highest-ever MLB draftee as he was taken in the 14th round by the Brewers in 2019.
Carter was born in Logan, Utah, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in Idaho where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He played collegiately at Southern Idaho from 1986-87 and helped pitch the Golden Eagles to a fourth place finish at the Junior College World Series as a freshman. He finished his college playing career at UNLV where he was part of a team that made it to the NCAA Regionals in each of his seasons in Las Vegas.
After college Carter signed to play professionally in the Montreal Expos organization. He played for Gate City (Pocatello, Idaho) in the Pioneer League in 1990 and the Erie Sailors in the New York Penn League in 1991. Carter has an associate's degree from Southern Idaho and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Southern Utah. Carter and his wife Shelby have one daughter, Abby, and one son, Cache.
Joldy Watts | Assistant Coach
Joldy Watts is entering his third season of coaching on Eric Madsen's staff in 2020. He will enter his second year as the team's assistant coach after previously spending a season as the program's volunteer assistant for the 2018 campaign.
During his time in Orem, Watts has been instrumental in helping coach a trio of all-conference performers as well as 11 academic all-conference honorees. He also helped Utah Valley earn the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award for the second time in the past three years in 2019.
Watts also helped UVU garner its highest MLB draftee in program history in 2019, when Paxton Schultz was selected in the 14th round of the 2019 draft by the Brewers. He was also instrumental in helping the Wolverines return to WAC Tournament play in 2019, as well as helping guide the team to a deep run in that year's conference tournament that included a win over the eventual 2019 champion Sacramento State Hornets.
He currently coordinates all camps and clinics for the program, as well as helps with recruiting and works with the pitching staff.
Before coming to Utah Valley in 2017, Watts was the head baseball coach of the Idaho Falls American Legion team from 2007-17, leading them to four state championships and six district titles.
He was also head coach at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls during that time. Watts coached Bonneville to a perfect 26-0 record and a state championship in 2013. His club also won six district and region championships during his tenure.
Watts played collegiately at the College of Eastern Utah, now USU Eastern, from 2001-02 when Madsen was that program's head coach. He was drafted in 2001 by the Texas Rangers, signed in 2002, and played in their organization from 2002-06.
A native of St. Anthony, Idaho, Watts attended South Fremont High School and also lettered in basketball. He has four daughters: Jaycee, Sicilee, Aynslee, and Lainee.