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SportsCity Academy offers group and private lessons in a variety of sports.  Instructors working out of SportsCity Academy are listed below.  We continue to expand and enhance our instructor team and are interested in individuals with outstanding credentials and a desire to work with young athletes.  To inquire about Lessons & Packages, email

Private & Group Lessons at SportsCity  

SportsCity Academy & Development Dugout Instructor Staff:

Matt Schmidt, Owner of SportsCity Development Dugout & Baseball Instructor
Matt Schmidt offers individual and team baseball instruction at SportsCity Academy.  Matt is an Assistant Coach at McHenry County College.  Matt was a First Team All-Conference player at Chicago State University, and also earned First Team All-Conference as a player at MCC.  Matt is a collegiate Gold Glove winner at first base.  In his senior year, Matt lead his Chicago State team in batting average, slugging, and OBP.  Matt has played multiple summer seasons in professional baseball in Canada. 

Matt also coached three years as an assistant at Jacobs High School summer baseball camps, and he has worked extensively in training youth baseball players from ages 6 to 25 years old.    Matt is available for individual pitching lessons and for team instruction. 

Matt is also the owner of SportsCity Development Dugout.  SportsCity Academy has a exclusive partnership Development Dugout to provide expanded training opportunities and training facilities for our teams and players. 


Wyatt Mascarella, Baseball Catching & Hitting Instructor
Wyatt is a baseball instructor at SportsCity specializing in Catching.  Wyatt is a graduate of Cary-Grove High School.  He played at University of Illinois - Chicago for one year, and then two years at McHenry County College.  While at MCC, he was named to the Second Team of the All American Conference in 2016.  Following MCC, Wyatt attended Division I St. John's University in New York.  He was named to the First Team All Conference for the Big East in 2017 and 2018.  Following graduation, Wyatt joined the Kansas City Royals and played in Instructional League baseball in 2019.  He is working to play Single A Minor League Baseball for the Royals in 2020.  We are very pleased to have Wyatt join the SportsCity baseball training staff.  Wyatt is available for individual, small group, and clinic instruction.  Wyatt's St. John's biography and statistics. 






Michael Pagano, Baseball Pitching Instructor
Michael Pagano is a baseball instructor at the SportsCity Academy. He offers individual pitching instruction.  As a player, Michael played his high school ball at Notre Dame High School in Niles, IL as a starting pitcher where Notre Dame was ESCC conference, regional and sectional champions. Michael attended Division III Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where he was a four year varsity letter winner and starting pitcher. He graduated in 2010 with majors in History and Anthropology, as well as a minor in Political Science. Each summer he played in collegiate summer leagues including AAABA Chicago Metro, NABF Lombard Orioles and the Pageland Red Roosters of the Tar Heel Summer League in South Carolina. After college Michael moved to Phoenix, Arizona in pursuit of a professional career where he also worked as a pitching instructor and team manager of a baseball facility. In 2012 Michael returned home to Chicago where he joined the Chicago Clout semi-professional team of the Chicago Skyscraper League as a closer. In 2012 they won the NABF Men’s Division World Series in Buffalo, New York. Michael touts advanced knowledge of pitching mechanics, pitch selection and mental preparedness. He is ready to share his experience at many different levels of the game as well as his understanding of what it takes to win. 




Sheldon Pagano, Softball Pitching Instructor
Sheldon Pagano is a softball instructor at the SportsCity Academy.  She offers individual pitching instruction.  As a player, Sheldon was a Clinton County standout. She played her high school ball at Wesclin High School in Southern Illinois. She was a four year varsity letter winner and starter and her career included all-conference and MVP honors in pitching, first base and hitting. Throughout her high school career she also participated in competitive select travel ball programs where she travelled across the country and won a World Series. Sheldon attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where she was a four year varsity letter winner and starting pitcher. She has advanced knowledge of proper softball pitching mechanics and pitch selection. As a student of the game Sheldon is excited to share her knowledge and love of the game with up and coming softball players.







Jackie Kisman, Softball Instructor
Jackie Kisman is a softball trainer at SportsCity Academy.  She provides instruction in hitting, slapping, infield, and beginning pitching.  Jackie is a former standout softball player with D-I Oakland University (MI).   In her senior year at Oakland University, she started 50 of 52 games while setting all-time single season school records in at-bats, ranked second in hits, and third in runs scored.  In 2015, she was a Horizon League Second Team all-star selection, and she was a Spring Academic All-League selection.  Here impressive college career included starting for Oakland University in all four years on the team from 2012-2015.  In 2014, she was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team.  Jackie brings her tremendous experience and love to the game to provide individual and small group instruction at SportsCity Academy. 



Kristin Holzbauer, Softball Instructor
Kristin Holzbauer is a softball instructor at the SportsCity Academy.  She offers both individual and team instruction.  As a player, Kristin was a McHenry County standout.  She was a four year varsity starter at Crystal Lake Central High School where she received All-Conference, All-Area, and MVP Honors.  Kristin received a Division I softball scholarship to Butler University and served as the Bulldog's starting middle infielder throughout her collegiate career.  Kristin has continued her passion for the game as a private instructor, travel coach, and high school softball coach.  Most currently, Kristin is the varsity head softball coach at Woodstock North High School.  She will focus on basic and advanced skill work, hitting/fielding technique, base running, and developing an understanding of the game.  Kristin is excited to share her knowledge and passion with the youth. 



Chloe Vermett, Softball Instructor
Chloe Vermett is a softball instructor at SportsCity Academy, and the Manager of SportsCity Heatwave 14U Purple softball team.  Chloe is a member of the McHenry County College softball team as a 3rd baseman, pitcher and power hitter.  She has played high level high school and travel softball for over 13 years.  And she has been training and coaching softball for over 2 years.  Chloe is available for individual and small group softball instruction.   

Jessica Turner, Softball Instructor
Jessica is a softball instructor at SportsCity Academy.  Jessica is a 2015 Marengo High School graduate where she was a 4 year varsity player.  Jessica was a part of the 2012 2nd place State team and the 2015 2nd place Sate team.  She was also named as an All-Conference Kiswaukee Valley softball team. After graduation she furthered her academic and athletic career at Rock Valley College where she played on the 2016 and 2017 National Championship teams. After receiving my associates degree at Rock Valley she continued to go to school and play softball at Graceland University. While playing, she broke the single season starts record and the single season at bat record for Graceland.  She was also an all conference player and an all-decade player at Graceland.   I received my bachelors degree in elementary education and now teach 2nd grade in Marengo, Illinois, and she is currently the assistant varsity softball coach for Huntley High school.

Kurt Farnam, Baseball and Softball Instructor
Kurt is an instructor for both Girls Softball and Boys Baseball at SportsCity Academy.  Kurt is the Head Softball Coach at Marian Central High School in Woodstock, Kurt has been instructing kids for over 20 years.  He also served as a Board Member and Travel Team Head Coach for Crystal Lake Little League. From there he helped start the Prairie Ridge Feeder programs for baseball, boys basketball and girls basketball. He was also a Board Member and Head Coach for the Crystal Lake Tidal Waves. Kurt is also very familiar with the college  recruiting process. Along with being a high school head coach, his son Ethan plays Division I Golf at St. Mary’s in California and his daughter Emmie plays Division I Softball at Northwestern. 

Billy Wright, Baseball Instructor
Billy Wright is a baseball and speed instructor at SportsCity Academy.  After a career at Crystal Lake South HS, Billy played four years at Judson University.  While at Judson, Billy was a named a CCAC All-Conference player and NCCAA All-Region player.  While at Judson, Billy's team won three conference championships while also making the NAIA tournament four years straight.  Since graduating, Billy has been an instructor for youth baseball and also in speed and agility.  Billy's techniques help young ball players improve their skills, and his fitness focus allows players to improve their speed.  Billy now brings his skills to help  young athletes at SportsCity Academy.  

Hailey Baker, Softball Instructor
Hailey Baker is a softball pitching instructor at the SportsCity Academy.  Hailey is currently a senior at Prairie Ridge High School.  Next year, Hailey will be a Freshman at the University of Illinois on a D-I softball scholarship, and will major in early childhood education.  Despite Hailey's young age, she has already built up a substantial client base as a pitching instructor.  Hailey has been a softball pitching instructor for 3 years.  She teaches softball players from elementary school age through high school.  Hailey is works diligently on her own training and skill development as she prepares to start her college career.  Hailey provides excellent instruction on fundamental techniques, and also encompasses mental aspects of the game into her training.   

Marty Dello, Basketball Instructor
Marty Dello is a basketball instructor at SportsCity Academy.  Coach Dello has a long and highly successful track record in running high school programs, travel basketball programs, and providing top-flight instruction for area players.  Marty's long resume includes IBCA Coach of the Year in 12/13 and 13/14.  Coach Dello is the current coach at Rochelle Zell Jewish HS, and he is the past coach at Barrington HS, CL South HS, Bellevue University, Doane College, and Northwest Missouri State University.  Marty has been deeply involved in McHenry County area basketball for years, and SportsCity is pleased to have him as an instructor. 

Dale Jandron, Basketball Instructor
Dale Jandron offers basketball camps, clinics and instruction at SportsCity Academy.  Dale led the creation and development of Woodstock Youth Boys Basketball rec league and travel programs in Woodstock which serves over 400 Woodstock area boys.  Dale is a former high school player and high school assistant coach at Woodstock High School.  Dale has extensive experience working with youth programs at every level.