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Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Our Team


Sean Moore | Director of Baseball Operations

Sean Moore is a certified hitting instructor at Diamond Dreams.  He is an Iowa City West High graduate who started his collegiate baseball career playing for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).  Multiple Division I scholarship offers landed him at Wichita State University for the spring 2013 season.  After leaving Wichita State, Sean finished his career playing at the University of Iowa in 2015.  He is coming off his first coaching season this past year at DMACC, where he helped lead the Bears to a team batting average of .331 with 78 home runs.  He has trained, and worked hand in hand, with some of the most elite instructors in the nation.  He continues his research on biomechanical movements of each phase of the swing.


Taylor Zuetenhorst
Hitting Instructor

  • Graduated from Sheldon High School in Sheldon, Iowa in 2010.
  • Holds 18 single season and 19 career records for hitting at Sheldon High School.
  • Graduated from The University of Iowa in 2014.
  • Earned All Big Ten freshman team.
  • Senior year was third in Big Ten with 9 homeruns and had a slugging percentage of .444.
  • Drafted by the Seattle Mariners after senior year of college.
  • Played two years of affiliated baseball (2014-2015)
  • Currently playing independent professional baseball.
  • Continually studying the biomechanics of the baseball swing.
     

Tyler Blum

Former Iowa football player Tyler Blum was a 3 year varsity letterwinner with the Hawks, playing from 2005-2009. Tyler played six different positions at Iowa including offensive and defensive lines, linebacker, and tight end. Blum played in the Outback Bowl twice and the Alamo Bowl once while at Iowa. In 2005, he was 1 of 78 high school seniors in the nation chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Recently, Blum switched back to playing baseball and played for two professional independent league teams in New Mexico and Texas during the summer of 2010. Blum was used as a left handed relief pitcher for the Las Cruces Vaqueros and the San Angelo Colts during the 2010 season.


Jim Magrane:

Director of Player Development
Born in Ottumwa, Iowa
Pitched at the University of Iowa Baseball 1997-1999
Has a total of 13 years professional baseball playing experience:
Played for the Tampa Bay Rays 2000-2006 and the Washington National 2007
Played 6 years at the AAA level
Played in Taiwan 2012
Also has played in Korea, Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico


Allyson Schwab

Allyson Schwab played at Virginia Tech from 2003-2006. She previously taught pitching and hitting lessons in Virginia for 6 years before moving to Iowa. Before relocating and starting her own lessons in Cedar Falls she worked at Diamond Dreams in Iowa City as the lead instructor and director of Softball Operations. She has over 10 years experience teaching softball to girls ranging tee-ball level through the collegiate level. She specializes in hitting, pitching, and infield. She currently resides in Cedar Falls with her Husband Doug, and their two boys Hayden and Hendrix.

 


Ben Weeks -Solon,IA

•    4 year varsity letter winner
•    3x First Team All Conference Shortstop
•    3x All Region Shortstop
•    All-State Selection in 2009
•    School record for runs scored in a season (67), 4th in BA,  2nd in hits (65), 4th in HRs.
•    Attended Kirkwood Community College from 2009-2011 and Winona State University from 2011-2013.
•    Iowa Valley League MVP in 2011
•    Also holds school records in basketball for career scoring (3rd with 1309 points), steals (3rd with 153), free throw percentage (1st at 90.1%)
•    Helped lead Solon to two Semi-Final State appearances in baseball and 2 state appearances in basketball finishing 3rd in 2008 and a State Title in 2009.


Gayle Blevins

Coach Blevins will serve not only as an instructor for private/ small group lessons, but also as a consultant for coaches, teams and youth groups. Coach Blevins will be teaching hitting and catching.

- Coached 31 years at the NCAA Division 1 level.
- Blevins served 23 years as Head Coach at Iowa and 8 years as Head coach at Indiana University.
- 8 Big Ten Championships.
- 2 Big Ten Tournament Championships.
- 19 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
- 7 Women’s College World Series Finishes.
- AIAW National Runner-up in 1980.
- In 31 years, Blevins has had ZERO losing seasons.
- Indiana University Hall of Fame.
- National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
- National Fastpitch Coaches College Instructor for 11 years.
- 81 Former Players/Coaches Coaching across the Country.
- Speaker at National Conventions, Service Organizations, Education, and Corporations.


Brandon Platts | Pitching Coach

  • Native of Mason City, Iowa. Brandon lettered 4 years for Mason City High School.
  • Brandon was a 13th Round Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB Draft

College

  • Played at the University of Missouri from 2011-2013.
  • Transferred to NIACC Community College during the 2013-2014 season.
  • Transferred back to D1University of Iowa for the 2014-2015 baseball season.

High School

  • Pitched to a 4-2 record his Senior year with a 1.65 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
  • Registered only 7 walks during his final season.
  • Junior year gave up only 8 earned runs in over 51 innings pitched.
  • Recorded a 10-0 record that year with a save, 54 strikeouts, and a WHIP of .91.
  • School finished as Iowa's state runner-up his Senior season.
  • Selected to the INA 4A First team All-State group, Class 4A First All-District team, Class 4A First    team All-Conference, Class 4A First team All-State by Iowa Sports Connection, Class 4A Second team Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All State, Globe Gazette Baseball Player of the Year in 2010.
  • Picked for the Class 4A First team All-District, Class 4A First team All-Conference, Class 4A First team All-State by Iowa Sports Connection, INA 4A Second-team All-State, Class 4A Second team IHSBCA All-State, Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Central Region All-American First team, Globe Gazette's All-Area Baseball Team for the 2011 season.
  • Also medaled in the Distance Medley for his High School track team in the 2010 Iowa State Finals in 2010.
  • Picked to the Class 4A State Track and Field Elite Super Team in 2010.

Grant Walker | Catching

Grant Walker is a 2014 graduate of Centerville High School. He lettered in four sports (football, wrestling, track, and baseball) in grades 9 through 12.  

After High School, Grant continued his baseball career at Indian Hills Community College, where he played catcher and third base for two years. Grant was awarded a scholarship to continue playing baseball for U.N.K. in Kearney, Nebraska.

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