Old School Academy helps several talented KMAlanders | local sports
(Council Bluffs) – Old School Academy owner Matt Minahan joined Thursday’s Upon Further Review to talk about his baseball and softball practice facility, which has helped several KMAland stars .
Old School Academy is a baseball/softball practice facility in Council Bluffs. As you might expect from its namesake, the building is a former primary school. The term “Old School” also corresponds to their approach.
“We operate differently than some of the other facilities in the area,” Minahan said. “We want to take a hands-on approach. We’ve worked hard to identify instructors who play at the top level, but who are also young or energetic.”
Minahan says their instructions are fundamental. Old School Academy accessories include full-length punch tunnels, tough tape walls, full-length launchers and Hack Attack launchers.
The Old School Academy has an array of esteemed instructors, including former Omaha Royals manager Brian Poldberg and former Major League pitcher Kurt Spomer.
“We have instructors who have played at the top level, but who are also young and energetic,” he said. “We have been a hidden gem. We have something unique in our hands that most facilities don’t have. When the kids come in, they have an appropriate level of education.”
Several KMAland stars have used the Old School Academy, such as reigning KMAland pitcher of the year JC Dermody (Lewis Central) and Abraham Lincoln star Aidan Martin.
Several contributors to Lewis Central’s state qualifying baseball team are frequent visitors to the Old School Academy.
“It’s been the most fun summer I’ve ever had,” Minahan said. “It was fun to have the parents thank us for the work we did.”
Anyone interested in learning more about Old School Academy can visit their website. Minahan says Academy membership is capped at 125 and 35 memberships are open.
Click below to listen to Minahan’s full interview.