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Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Our Team

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)


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!

Taylor Zeutenhorst
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 for the California City Whip tails this season and will be returning to Diamond Dreams in early October
  • Continually studying the biomechanics of the baseball swing.

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.

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.

Sarah Lehman | Pitching Instructor

Graduated from Regina High School

- 4 year starter
- 4 trips to the State Tournament
- 2 state championships: 2015 & 2017


2015 - Named all-tournament team captain

  • 1st team All-State
  • Pizza Ranch player of the game
  • 2A pitcher/player of the year
  • 1.01 ERA with 238 strikeouts

2016 - Named to the all-tournament team

  • Elite team All-State
  • 1.32 ERA with 293 strikeouts

2017 - Named all-tournament team captain

  • All-Region
  • Elite team All-State
  • State record 22 K's in a championship game
  • 0.95 ERA with 266 strikeouts
  • .367 batting average

Allie Wood

Allie is a Southern California Native. She attended Cypress High School

  • 4-year starter in center field
  • Second team All-League 2011
  • 3-time first team All-League 2012-2014
  • All-county recipient

Allie played softball at the University of Iowa from 2014-2018

  • 4-year starting outfielder
  • 2 years in right
  • 2 years in center
  • 1.000 fielding percentage in 2016
  • All Big-ten second team 2018

Jeremy Cronk

Jeremy graduated from Iowa City West High School in 2011.

  • Pitched at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) from 2011-2013
  • In 2013 his team won the NJCAA Region XI tournament, and placed 5th at the NJCAA DII World Series
  • He signed with The Ohio University Bobcats for the 2014 & 2015 seasons.
  • Jeremy graduated from Ohio University in 2015 earning a degree in Sport Management, and is currently pursing his masters degree online from Missouri State University
  • Jeremy enjoys helping players of ALL ages achieve their maximum potential

Walker Breard

Walker Breard graduated from Washington in 2014 & holds 12 career records for Washington High School.

He's a 4x first team all conference & was selected second team all state for 3A in 2014.

He graduated from Cornell in 2018.

Holds records in:
- Career homeruns
- Career hits
- Career RBIs and RBIs in a season
- Career and season walks
- Career fielding percentage
- Career and season putouts
- Career and season runs scored
- 3x first team all conference
- 3x all region
- Conference Player of the year in 2017
- 2nd team preseason All American 2018