Buies Creek – Campbell celebrated the beginning of the 2016 baseball season Saturday evening with the eighth annual First Pitch Dinner.
Head coach Justin Haire previewed the 2016 Camels, and Brandon Maye, a former Clemson football All-American, best-selling author and motivational speaker, delivered an inspirational keynote address.
Brandon’s life has been centered on hard work, strong faith, determination and perseverance. Now with an undergraduate and master’s degree in possession and football career uncertainty, Brandon feels led by God to motivate others through his powerful speeches as a motivational speaker and The Brandon Maye Foundation.
Director of Athletics Bob Roller announced that the newest addition to Jim Perry Stadium, Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion, will begin construction following the 2016 season.
The new addition will add approximately 200 chair back seats, increasing stadium seating capacity to more than 1,000 seats and providing new offices for the entire baseball staff, a state-of-the-art locker room and a new in-ground dugout. The Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion will boast a 1,200 square foot VIP viewing deck and will provide a new home for the entire Campbell baseball operation.
Roller also announced a trip to Puerto Rico for the Camels at the conclusion of the 2016 season. CU will play a pair of Puerto Rican national teams, as well as experience local culture over the five day tour.
Over the last four seasons, the Camels own 163 wins, averaging nearly 41 per year, with eight All-America selections, four Academic All-Americans, nine professional contracts, including a record three MLB Draft picks in 2015, 25 all-conference picks, as well as an outstanding 3.02 team GPA.
The Camels will open the 2016 season on February 19, hosting Miami (Ohio) at Jim Perry Stadium.