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Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Our Team

Eric Toole | Director of Baseball Operations

University of Iowa (2012-2015)

  • Holds U of I school record with 207 career singles
  • 2nd in at-bats (776)
  • 3rd in career hits (239)
  • 4th in steals (70)
  • Was Iowa’s lead off hitter in 2014 & 2015
  • Starred as an outfielder from 2012-2015
  • Took a leadership role as being 1 of 4 of Iowa’s team captains in 2015

Following his senior season Eric was selected in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. In his professional baseball career he was a .265 hitter for over 3 seasons!

Nick Gallagher

  • 1st Team All State selection for Iowa City West
  • Finished with a 16-5 record with 39 appearances and a miniscule 3.09 ERA pitching against guys like Ian Hopp at the University of Iowa
  • 16th round draft pick chosen by the Cleveland Indians in 2017 MLB draft
  • Nick is back this off season doing private lessons and assisting in High School and youth throwing programs

Rob Neustrom

  • Graduated Souix City North High School
  • In 2015, he was crowned the Iowa High SChool Gatorade Player of the year

Iowa Hawkeyes (College Career)

  • Freshman year he made a huge impact hitting .307 his 1st college season
  • His sophomore year he earned 2nd Team ALL BIG TEN award with a .309 batting avg.
  • Was a part of the Hawkeyes first ever BIG TEN championship team
  • 1st team ALL BIG TEN junior year
  • Was chosen in the 5th round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles

Erin White | Director of Softball Operations

Canadian National Softball Team

  • 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece
  • 2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia
  • 1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1998 World Championships Fujinomiya, Japan

Professional Softball Player

  • Member of the “Gold” Team
  • Participated in the Tour of Fastpitch Champions, traveling across the United States to promote the League through competition, speaking engagements, and camps and clinics.

Iowa State University

  • Inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016
  • First Team All Big 12 (1999)
  • Second Team All Big 12 (11996, 1998)
  • First Team All Mid-West Region (1999)
  • Only softball player at Iowa State University to have jersey retired (#2)


Nick Nelsen

From West Des Moines


  • Iowa Western Community college. (2014-15)
    - Spent one year in council bluffs at Iowa Western Community College who went 54-7 and going undefeated 29-0 at home.
  • Johnson County Community College. (2015-16)
    - Spent sophomore year at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas where he went 5-1 with one save in 26.2 innings. Johnson County went 46-19 and was runner up in the conference championship to go to Grand Junction for the Junior College World Series.
  • University of Iowa. (2016-2018)
    - Transferred from Johnson County to Iowa junior closing out Iowa’s first B1G Championship. Iowa went 72-42 in his 2 years and he made it in the record books. Went 2-1 Senior year with most appearances on the team.
    - Career Appearances: 11th all time
    - Single season Appearances: 2nd all time

High School:

  • West Des Moines Valley High School (2010-2014)
    - Nick lettered 2 years at Valley, and made it to state his senior year. Went 7-3 and 2 saves with 10 complete games and an ERA of .97 senior season.
  • Summerball: Played in the Northwoods summer going into sophomore year for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Played for Wofford Hogs and Dyersville in local Iowa summer leagues

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


  • 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.

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.

Avery Nelson

I graduated from Alleman Catholic High School (Rock Island) in 2013. There, I was on the Western Big 6 All Conference and All-Metro Teams, along with being Come-Back Player of the Year and Iron Man my junior year (after multiple off-season surgeries). I went on to play softball at Black Hawk Community College, where we placed 5th at NJCAA nationals. I then continued to play at the NCAA Division-I level at IPFW where I lead the team in homeruns. My career was cut short so I am excited to give back to the game through teaching.

I have been apart of the Heartland Havoc organization 10u-18u (Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Organization), where I was apart of State Championship teams in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and on the USSSA All-State team in 2009. I was apart of the Illinois ASA State Runner Up team in 2012 and had 4 Top-4 finishes at Illinois State and 4 Top 5 finishes at USSSA nationals. During my time with Heartland Havoc '95, which produced 7 Division I players.

Riley Ogden

Riley Ogden graduated from Solon High School in 2014 and went on to play softball at Kirkwood Community College for a year. She made four trips to the Iowa state softball tournament throughout her high school career where her and her team placed first, second, third, and sixth. She played for SE Iowa Allstars in the offseason, playing along side of some of Iowa's best softball players. She then went on to play at Kirkwood Community College. She got to play against Division I schools in the Fall and in the Spring the team qualified for Nationals and went down to Mississippi to play at the National Junior College Tournament.

In the Summer of 2017, Riley was an Assistant Varsity Softball coach at Anamosa High School. The previous season the team had a 5-25 record and Riley helped coach them to a 19-15 record in 2017. She is beyond excited to get started at Diamond Dreams!