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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 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.
     

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.

Michael Theofanopoulos | Pitching Coach

  • 3-Year Varsity Player for Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA.
  • Attended the University of California, Berkeley on a baseball scholarship.
  • Competed in the 2011 College World Series Freshman Year.
  • Played 4 years for the Golden Bears.
  • Graduated in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies.
  • Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2014 MLB Draft.
  • Played the entire 2015 season and half of the 2016 season for the Cedar Rapids Kernels before being promoted to Fort Myers.
  • Had a career 3.22 era with 119 strikeouts in 100.2 innings for the Kernels.
  • Finished the second half of 2016 and the entire 2017 season for the Fort Myers Miracle. Posted a combined 3.42 era with 116 strikeouts in 100 innings over that time.
  • Currently going into my 5th Professional Season.

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


Brooke Sandstone

My name is Brooke Sandstoe, I graduated from Johnston high school where I played school ball, and in the off season I played for the club Iowa Premier. I then went on to play softball at Minnesota state my freshman year of college and I am now a sophomore at the University of Iowa. Over the years I have done several camps and helped coach for younger teams, looking forward to being a part of Diamond Dreams!


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.


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 until hospitalized.

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.