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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.

Private & Group Lessons at SportsCity  

SportsCity Academy Instructor Staff:

Matt Schmidt, 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.  In the summer of 2016, Matt played for the Guelph Royals in Ontario, 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. 

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.  

Pete Riis, Softball Instructor
Pete Riis is a softball instructor at SportsCity Academy. Pete has been a softball coach and instructor for over 10 years, and is a board member, coach and instructor with the Woodstock Girls Softball Association.  Pete is the assistant high school softball coach at Woodstock North High School.  Pete was a coach, instructor, and past President of the Colleyville (TX) Girls Softball Association. He also has coached and instructed boy’s baseball as well. Pete brings a wealth of softball experience, instructional expertise and knowledge to private instruction and camps/clinics 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. 

Meghan Osness-Fuentes, Softball Instructor
Meghan is a softball pitching instructor at the SportsCity Academy.  Meghan has been providing group and individual softball instruction for over 10 years.  She is a former pitcher for the McHenry County College softball team, where she was also led the Skyway Conference in strikeouts, and made the all tournament team.  She also played for Woodstock High School and Marian Central High School.  Currently she is also an assistant coach for Woodstock High School girls softball.  Meghan is bringing her knowledge and accomplishments to SportsCity Academy where she serves as a softball pitching instructor. 

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. 

Tricia Johnson, Fitness / Speed / Agility / Quickness Instructor
Tricia Johnson is a fitness instructor at SportsCity with expertise as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Conditioning coach as well as coaching softball.  In addition to strength training, Tricia also focus on Speed/Agility/Quickness (SAQ) training. 

This specialized training allows athletes to train their bodies within the demands placed on them by their individual sports.  SAQ training disciplines the body to maintain balance and control while learning how to effectively accelerate, decelerate and change direction quickly.  This type of training is an important key to developing well rounded athletes as well as preventing injuries.

It is my belief that any advanced training undertaken by athletes should be sport specific.  Different sports require different types of training, from power to agility to reaction time.  Not only should the training be varied according to sport, but the time of year in which that training occurs should be specific as well.  I train each sport according to the needs of each given sport and within its specific seasons (Pre-season, In-season, Off-season).