August 24, 2022
NORTH SIOUX CITY, SD – The United Sports Academy has hired Casey Baker as the Director of Baseball and Softball. This is a great addition to our program and we are excited to welcome him to our team. In his new role, Baker will work with United Sports Academy athletes on baseball and softball skills training, development and directing events like the upcoming Fall League.
This will be United Sports Academy's second year directing the Fall League. The format will be six games played on Sundays starting September 18th. Participants are invited to sign up as a team or as individuals by visiting www.usportsacad.com. This year, high school games will be played at the Bishop Mueller Field, the home field of Briar Cliff's Baseball Program. The Fall League is presented by the United Sports Academy, Briar Cliff Baseball and The Arena Sioux City.
"The Fall Baseball League was a huge success last year," states Casey Baker. "I have been in contact with many of the high school coaches, and working together, we will continue to adjust the League to achieve both player individual goals, and high school program goals. With the quick action by Coach McGlauflin with the Briar Cliff Baseball Program and use of The Arena's Riverside Park and Scheels Field, I feel even with my short tenure at United, the fall will be a positive experience for the Siouxland area baseball community."
Director of United Baseball & Softball
An exciting new addition to the Fall League is the use of BallerTV's streaming services. This will open up the opportunity for high school athletes to showcase their talents to college coaches through live-stream of The League, clipping their plays after the conclusion of a match to put together a highlight video, or having BallerTV put together their highlight reel. "We could not be more happy about this partnership as having access to video is crucial for Iowa high school athletes since they miss out on the bulk of their recruiting period due to the summer season," states Baker.
Casey attended Sioux City North High School and was named 1st Team All-State for the North Stars in 1996, 1997 and 1998, while also being named to the 1st Team All-Iowa Super Team and was honored as the MVP of the All-Iowa Senior All-Star Team. He went on to play ball at Iowa State University, University of South Dakota and Morningside University.
Casey began his professional career in 2002 as a member of the Sioux City Explorers and played a total of 4 seasons with the X’s and was named the 2004 Northern League Rookie of the year. In 2006, Casey joined the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier league where he was named a Frontier League All-Star, while winning the batting title with a .333 average. Casey finished his professional career .322 batting average.
"Joining the United Staff as Baseball/Softball Director, feels like I just received my dream career at the perfect time. I am beyond grateful and enthusiastic for the opportunity. In the short time I have been with United, I have been blown away with the level of help offered to me by the athletic community. I have no doubt through United and the Siouxland Community, we can go as far as our imagination will take us," states Casey Baker.
The United Sports Academy is located in the CNOS Fieldhouse – 300 Centennial Drive, Suite 170, North Sioux City, SD.