Reynolds’ daughter Kaylie was a bit of a crash test dummy for some of the tools. Kaylie graduated in 2019 and was named All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association while playing at Des Moines Area Community College before transferring to Division I Western Illinois, where she will have three years remaining. ‘eligibility.
“To have a kid to go through, we would go to Iowa City once a week or to the Quad-Cities several times a week,” Reynolds said. “Having a place like this would have been a lot more profitable for us. We should have driven an hour there and an hour back for a half hour lesson. “
The business is listed as a non-profit organization, which the owners say will help cut costs while the money raised can be recycled back into the business for further development. Pippert and Reynolds, who also train wrestling, have focused on baseball and softball for the time being, but are hoping the facilities will be expanded to have the tools, space, and staff needed to work with athletes from nearly all the sports.
“It also allows us to do a lot of the youth training and keep the costs extremely low compared to private institutions,” Pippert said. “We welcome all donations. We keep a lot of our expenses in town, from where we bought our carpet to our insurance.”
Through the association, Pippert and Reynolds have surrounded the entire company with a board of directors that includes notable names from Muskie Athletics’ past including former business manager Chuck Van Hecke as well as the former women’s basketball coach Susan Orvis, among others.