About Us

In late December 2011, MVP Sports, LLC, a limited liability corporation established by Bill and Tami McCool of Manchester, Iowa, purchased Champions Sports Center located at 4600 Park Ave in Des Moines, Iowa from Overtime Sports, LLC.

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The McCool's are very excited to continue to offer youth sports training, exercise, agility, camps, tournaments, and educational programs/events that Champions was known for, while adding additional education/training for several new sports, including baseball, softball, and wrestling in the coming months.

The McCool's are focused on providing a "first class" indoor sport facility, with competent instructors and coaches, and many plans are underway to improve the look and feel of the property. Air conditioning has been added in the gym area to allow comfortable "year round" availability on the numerous courts and spaces available on the property, as well as many other cosmetic updates.

The business will be managed and operated by the McCool family. Zach McCool is currently managing the day-to-day business activities onsite. Zach is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in Health and Sports Studies and an entrepreneurial certificate, where he also starred as a third baseman and utility player on the baseball team, and achieved 3rd Team All-Big Ten player honors in 2010. Zach was chosen as the baseball player to be represented for the “24 Hawkeyes to Watch” during the 2010-2011 athletic year.

Nick McCool joined the MVP staff in August 2012. Nick was a teacher and coach at Iowa Valley in Marengo where he was the head softball coach, Junior High basketball coach and helped with the football program, while teaching Physical Education. Nick was named the "Coach of the Year" in the SICL Conference, after winning 2 consecutive conference softball championships. Nick is married to Bethany. Bethany works at Principal in Des Moines, and will assist at the facility with her computer knowledge. They have two sons, Casen and Crayton.

Bill & Tami also have 2 daughters. Mallory is married to Jesse Cunningham and lives in Cedar Rapids. She is a RN, BSN in the OR at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Jesse works at ADM.  Mallory and Jesse have a daughter, Paizley. The McCool's youngest daughter, Maleah is 17 and a senior at West Delaware High School. She is involved in Show Choir and many music activities. Mallory, Jesse and Maleah will help at the facility when their schedules allow.

The McCool's are anxious to meet all of the fine young athletes, coaches, and parents that have frequented the property in the past, and hope that their dedication and the continued planned improvements to the property and programs keep you coming back.

The McCool's mission plan of MVP Sports is:

MVP Sports will help the development of competitive athleticism in multiple sports activities to area youth, in the spirit of fair play, honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship, while providing a safe, clean and fun environment.

MVP Sports offers 3 regulation-sized basketball courts, 5 regulation-sized volleyball courts, a large turf area with 2 batting/pitching cages, a turf running lane, a dance/yoga studio, a fitness room & TRX equipment for crossfit workouts. We offer many types of memberships with our fitness membership starting at $26.50/month. Court rental is available for $42.40/hour per court. MVP Sports offers baseball, softball, and volleyball private and group lessons by our directors in each sport. Our EDGE Speed & Agility program is offered every 4 weeks (meeting twice a week). MVP offers dance classes for dancers aged 2-13. We hold many camps throughout the year in baseball, basketball, dance, softball, and volleyball. Our facility is great for hosting birthday parties. MVP Sports is the home of the Central Iowa Select Volleyball Club and the MVP Baseball Organization. The facility also hosts many sporting events, such as basketball & volleyball tournaments, basketball leagues, Regionals for volleyball, indoor baseball & softball leagues, etc.

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 MVP SPORTS | 4600 PARK AVENUE | DES MOINES, IOWA 50321 | (515) 282-2768

Our Team

Zach McCool, Manager/Baseball Director:

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ZACH MCCOOL

Zach is a 2007 graduate of West Delaware High School, where he was a 3-sport letter winner, including a four-time Iowa High School Wrestling state qualifier and medal winner. His wrestling career ended with a perfect 40-0 record culminated by becoming West Delaware's 10th 3A State Wrestling Champion. Zach was honored to be selected to the Elite All-Star Series for each sport he participated in during his high school career: the Shrine Bowl (football), the Border Brawl (wrestling), and the Iowa High School Baseball All-Star Series. Zach still holds many West Delaware records in those 3 sports.

Zach ended his high school baseball career with a .427 batting average, 182 hits, 39 doubles, 3 triples, 22 home runs, 99 RBIs, and a career pitching record of 19-1 with a 1.71 ERA. Zach was awarded the West Delaware Baseball Defensive MVP in 2005 and 2007, while also earning the Offensive MVP in 2006. Zach was selected 1st Team WA Mac All-Conference infielder in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He was selected to the IHSBCA All-District team in 2005 (2nd team), 2006 (1st team), and 2007 (1st team), along with being recognized to the 1st Team IHSBCA 3A All-State Team as a 2nd baseman in 2006 and 2007.

Zach was also included on the Iowa Newspaper Association's All-State Infielders list in 2006 (2nd team) and 2007 (1st team). In 2007, Zach's biggest award came when he was announced to the Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All American list. Zach was named captain of the 2007 West Delaware Class 3A State Championship Baseball Team (first baseball championship in school history).

Zach holds a 2011 BA degree in Health and Sports Studies from the University of Iowa, with a certificate in entrepreneurial management.

Zach was a member of the University of Iowa's baseball team for four years where he compiled 153 starts, 132 hits, 20 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, and 73 RBIs in his college career. He holds three University of Iowa baseball school records: most hits in a game (5), most triples in a game (2), and most sacrifice bunts in a season (16). Zach was honored as an All-Big Ten 3rd baseman his junior season. Zach compiled three Academic All-Big Ten awards, one Distinguished Scholar Award, and was a member of the University of Iowa Baseball Team Unity Council.

Upon graduation, Zach started his coaching career at Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Academy in Coralville, Iowa. He quickly started taking over the reigns as the Director of Operations. Zach was named Assistant Baseball Coach at Cornell College, a Division III program in Mt. Vernon, Iowa during the 2011 fall season.

 


 

Nick McCool, Manager/Softball Director:

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NICK MCCOOL

Nick is a graduate of West Delaware High School, where he was a 4 sport letter winner (football, basketball, track & baseball). Nick was selected as a first team All-District and All-State football player his senior year. He still holds the season record for most interceptions. Nick was selected as a WaMac All-Conference basketball player his senior year. He also participated in the State Track Meet and Drake Relays all four years in high school. He was part of the 4 x 200 Meter Relay State Championship Team his junior year and broke the school 100 meter dash record, which stills stands today. Nick was chosen for the Elite All-State Track Team his senior year. Nick was chosen as an All-Conference and All District Baseball player his senior year, while leading his team in batting average and stolen bases.

Nick holds a BA degree in Physical Education with a Coaching minor from the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 2007. While in college, Nick voluntarily coached football in the fall and was the head freshmen baseball coach at West Delaware High School during the summer. He was presented the Presidential Volunteer Award in 2006 and 2007 for his volunteer work at the West Delaware School system.

Upon graduation, he started his teaching career at Iowa Valley Elementary in Marengo, IA. He was the Kindergarten-6th grade Physical Education teacher and the At-Risk Coordinator for the Iowa Valley School District.

Along with teaching, Nick helped coach varsity and JV football, was head coach of junior high girls' basketball, and was the varsity softball coach.

His junior high basketball record was 35-1 over three seasons. His varsity softball teams have over 20 wins each season over the past 3 years, with an overall record of 63-37. His softball teams have won 2 conference championships and have been ranked as high as 7th in the state. He has also helped develop and coach four Division III and NAIA softball players. Nick was recently named the "Coach of the Year" in the SICL Conference after winning 2 consecutive conference softball championships.

 

 


Emilio Mendoza, MVP Sports VB Club Director & Coach:

 

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EMILIO MENDOZA

Emilio coaches and directs all of the volleyball activities at MVP Sports. His Central Iowa Select Volleyball progam is well known throughout the region.

Playing/Officiating Experience: E started playing volleyball in 1988. He was a High School and NCAA referee and had a Junior National rating as a USA Volleyball official.

High School Coaching Experience: JV coach at Waukee High School in 2008 and Freshman coach at Dowling Catholic High School in 2009.

Collegiate Coaching Experience: assistant coach at Central College in 2006, assistant coach at Grand View College in 2007 and assistant coach at Simpson College in 2010-11.

USA Volleyball Club Coaching Experience: Spans 20 years including coaching stints at Westside Juniors, IPVA (one of the founders), Iowa Rockets, directed the volleyball program at Sports University and current director and coach at MVP Sports / CIS.

Iowa Region High Performance Program: E started the Iowa HP program in 2001 and has been involved with the program since. Emilio’s GYNT National team won the Gold medal in the 2012 USAV HP Championships held in Des Moines.

Awards: E received the Iowa Region Male Coach of the Year in 2002 and received the Iowa Region Outstanding Club Director award in 2007.

Club Accomplishment: CIS 16M won the USA Volleyball Nationals’ American Division held in Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 2012.