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Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Diamond Dreams Sports Academy

Our Team
Meet the staff


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!

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.

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)

Sasha Frauenholz | Softball Instructor

Sasha Frauenholz is a pitching and hitting instructor here at Diamond Dreams. She is a former Diamond Dreams athlete, as she grew up in Iowa City. Sasha was a pitcher for City High as well as Grand View University where she got her bachelors degree in Sport Management. She has been around softball her whole life and will bring lots of softball knowledge to the team.







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.

Kyle Shimp

University of Iowa (2015-2019)

  • All-American (2017)
  • Big Ten Champion (2017)
  • 2x Team Captain (2018,2019)
  • Career 7-2 record over 53.1 innings in 47 appearances as a reliver
  • Held opponents to a career .223 average, including a .186 clip in 2017

High School: (Yorkville, IL)

  • Ranked a Top 500 prospect nationally by Perfect Game
  • Preseason Perfect Game All-American as a junior
  • 2x Conference MVP
  • 2x All - Area
  • 2x Conference Champion
  • Played travel ball with the Illinois Sparks (now Cangelosi Sparks)
  • Did not pitch senior year to Tommy John surgery


Grant Leonard

University of Iowa (2016-2020)

  • Preseason 2nd-Team All American (2020)
  • Iowa All-Time single season saves leader with 14
  • 2nd-Team All Big Ten (2019)
  • NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Finalist (2019)
  • Big Ten Champion (2017)
  • Career 4.06 ERA over 64.1 innings in 58 appearances
  • Team Captain (2020)


Grant Judkins

College: University of Iowa

  • Part of the Iowa Hawkeyes first Big Ten Championship Team freshman year as a DH and Pitcher.
  • Started 15 games on the mound junior season with a 2.72 ERA for the Hawkeyes.
  • Big 10 pitcher of the week and NCBWA National Pitcher of the week during junior season
  • Big 10 Pitcher of the week during senior season
  • Career 3.72 ERA in 164 innings pitched
  • 2020 Team Captain

High School: Pella, IA

  • 2016 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year
  • IHSBCA Player of the Year
  • Two time All-Iowa Baseball Player of the Year by the Des Moines Register

Grant Fennell

College: University of Nevada, Reno (2014-2018):

  • Outfielder and infielder (2014-2018)
  • Mountain West Tony Gwynn Player of the Year (2018)
  • Led the conference with a .389 batting average - 16th highest in Division
  • Named first team All- Mountain West (2x)
  • Selected to ABCA/Rawlings Third-team All-America squad
  • Team Captain (2017/2018)
  • Graduated with a Business Management Degree
  • 4x Scholar Athlete


  • Signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs in 2018
  • Batted .281 in route to a Northwest League Championship
  • Had a career average of .273 over two seasons