Camps will be held on December 28-29
Five-game intra-squad series begins this coming Saturday morning
Weisheipl comes to Villanova program from Notre Dame College in Ohio
Nick Weisheipl returns to Villanova in 2013 for his second season as an assistant coach. Weisheipl is the team's pitching coach and is closely involved in all aspects of the program.
In his first season with the team Weisheipl achieved a great deal of success working with the Wildcats pitchers. Villanova saw its pitching staff lower its ERA from the previous year by 0.39 runs per game while also significantly lowering its walk rate.
The team pitched to a 4.78 overall ERA and had a good balance between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Wildcats starting pitchers combined to make 20 quality starts during the season, with number one starter Pat Young pitching six innings or more 10 times in his 14 outings. The bullpen, meanwhile, combined for 13 victories and nine saves while stranding 61 percent of inherited runners.
Weisheipl continued the Villanova tradition of developing its pitchers into professional prospects, as left-handed pitcher Kyle Helisek was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Prior to joining the Wildcats staff, Weisheipl was the head coach at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio from 2009-11. He has more than nine years of coaching experience as well as playing experience both at the collegiate level and internationally.
Weisheipl was named the head coach at Notre Dame College following one season as the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator and academic liaison at the school. In his three seasons as head coach the team established program records for the most wins and highest winning percentage in a season. His 2011 squad had eight players garner all-conference honors and the team was honored as an NAIA Scholar Team for having a team grade-point average of higher than 3.0.
During the 2010 season Weisheipl led his team to the program's first-ever winning season. He posted a 28-20 record for the year, an improvement of 18 wins from the year before. In addition to setting a program record for wins in a season and the highest finish in the conference standings, the 2010 team rewrote the program's offensive record book and set top marks in nearly every offensive category. Seven players were named all-conference selections, including two freshmen who were first team picks.
In his tenure as head coach Weisheipl signed more than 85 players while drastically improving and creating new on-campus training facilities. He also established relationships with area Major League Baseball scouts and consistently placed his players in top collegiate summer leagues throughout the country.
Among his other achievements as head coach Weisheipl developed a team fundraiser which was responsible for a significant amount of support for the program. He also represented the athletic department in accreditation interviews, created a year-long strength & conditioning program and established an international recruiting pipeline in Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Weisheipl spent the 2008 season as the pitching coach at NDC and helped the team's pitching staff lower its ERA by two runs from the previous season. That year the team set a program record for its highest-ever winning percentage, a mark which Weisheipl would go on to break as a head coach. He also created a study program which resulted in the baseball team's highest-ever GPA and was part of a team that refined and implemented a progress report system for all student-athletes at the school.
Prior to arriving at Notre Dame College, Weisheipl spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Stout and before that was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for three years at Clarke College. In his year at Wisconsin-Stout the team reached the conference tournament for the first time and upset the league's top seed in the first round of the tournament. In three seasons at Clarke College he coached the Conference Player of the Year and the team set over 70 individual, team and single-game records.
Weisheipl also has coached with the Eau Claire Express and the La Crosse Loggers. Both teams are members of the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate league that consistently attracts top college players who have gone on to enjoy success at the professional level.
A student-athlete in his own right, Weisheipl is a 2002 graduate of Beloit College where he was a two-time team MVP and a two-time academic all-conference selection. He batted .333 during his collegiate career and held six school records at the time of his graduation. He was named the team's Most Improved Player during his career, won the Team Academic Award for having the highest GPA among team members and was presented with the Joe Kobylka Sportsmanship and Team Spirit Award.
Following his graduation from Beloit, Weisheipl played professionally in Germany for the Regensburg Legionaere Baseball Club as a shortstop and a pitcher. Playing in Germany's 1st Bundesliga he was the league leader in runs scored, walks and on-base percentage and also ranked among the league leaders in stolen bases, assists, double plays and saves. Regensburg won the 2003 Bayern Pokal title (Bavarian State champions) as well as the 2003 Deutsche Pokal national championship.