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.
SportsCity Academy Instructor Staff:
Matt Schmidt, Baseball Instructor
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
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.
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
Billy Wright, Baseball Instructor
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
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.