Gentry Academy offers students the opportunity to develop fundamental baseball skills through individual attention with high-level baseball instructors. Student-athletes have the option of playing on an off-season club team that competes against top Minnesota teams, as well as a high school team for student-athletes in grades 7-12. Gentry Academy students utilize Blizzard Baseball Academy's cutting-edge facility in Vadnais Heights to train. Students will work one-on-one with Gentry's coaches to help reach and maximize their potential.
We provide your student-athlete the resources they need to succeed. Your baseball player will have:
- Individualized development programs
- Strength training in our state-of-the-art workout facility
- Access to Blizzard Baseball Academy's cutting-edge facility
- Expert and experienced instructors
- Year-round baseball training
As with our other athletic programs, Gentry Academy is committed to building an unmatched baseball program. Your student-athlete's development both on and off the diamond is what's most important to us. On the field, your athlete will learn the game from the ground up.
Each player will work to master the fundamentals of baseball, and then we will fine tune our program to match the needs of each individual player. Off the field, our program includes training in our state-of-the-art PowerHaus facility.
Some key aspects of the game we focus on are:
- Arm strength and conditioning
- Hitting for power
- Offseason long toss program
- Thinking baseball
This comprehensive approach ensures success while having fun!
Director of Baseball Operations
Jamie Eggleston serves as the director of baseball operations at Gentry Academy. He played baseball at Clemson University in the early '90s, where his team consistently ranked in the top five nationally and made two College World Series appearances. He was a three-time ACC Champion and a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week. Jamie spent five summers coaching at baseball camps throughout the South alongside guys who went on to coach at various NCAA Division I universities. During this time, he was exposed to a wide range of great coaching styles and techniques.
Jamie arrived at Clemson in the fall of 1990 after a very successful high school career. He spent the next five years under the tutelage of two former major league players who were his pitching coaches. They taught him not only how to pitch but how to prepare for baseball. He learned which drills would lead to improvement and how those drills could help a player grow. He learned how to recognize what was right and what was wrong with both his own techniques and the techniques of others across all aspects of the game.
Today, as a father and coach working with his own kids and others for over ten years, Jamie realized that the same drills and techniques he learned can be applied to kids at all ages and levels of play. He believes that taking the philosophy that his Clemson teams used and applying the same approach with kids and young men and women, along with teaching good, solid fundamentals, can improve their game for the rest of their lives. Strong foundations can be established with kids as young as four years old and continue to serve them in improving their skills at each level of their game development. Jamie's goal is simple – to make kids better players for high school and beyond.
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