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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.  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. 

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 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.