Meet the Team Behind the Experience
These sports fans are a fun, competitive group who help give you and your stellar athletes a great experience in Hinsdale, MA. From the umpire to Dan Duquette himself, we all love sports and want to help you become better and better. Not to mention, watching games all day is a great job to have!
Founder & Owner
Dan Duquette founded Dan Duquette Sports Academy in 2003.
He grew up in Dalton, Massachusettes and was the General Manager for Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox. After spending his time in professional baseball, he remembered back to his past of volunteering as batboy for the Wahconah Regional High School baseball team, being captain of both baseball and football teams in high school, being a catcher and linebacker during his time at Amherst college, and helping organize the Dalton Collegians, a semi-pro baseball team that operated from his hometown. He wanted to give children in the area the same opportunity to practice, have a safe place to play and compete, and enjoy sports in the fresh air the way he did and continues to do so. The Academy was founded under the principles of competition, team bonding, nature, and fundamentals.
He currently is the General Manager for the Orioles.
James Schmidt is a 7-year employee of Dan Duquette Sports Academy where he had originally started raking baseball fields in high school. As he continued to further his education at Westfield State University, he held jobs with Berkshire Bank and was a consultant for AJ Glass & Design. James will be responsible for overseeing operations within the facility where he answers to Dan Duquette.
As a young entrepreneur he has started companies in the turf and machine shop industry. With years of leadership experience and customer service interaction he shows true professionalism as General Manager. James Schmidt received his degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance. He was the treasurer of the Entrepreneurship club as well as an active member of the business club. Over the past two years at Dan Duquette Sports Academy he has run numerous baseball tournaments, assisted in camp operations and also maintained our facility. Due to James’ long-term commitment and understanding of our organizations mission, it has made him a great fit for this position.
Head of Fields and Facility
Tylor Harrington is an 8-year veteran of Dan Duquette Sports Academy where he had originally started helping with the grounds in High School. As he continued to further his education by graduating from the University of Massachusetts with his degree in Turfgrass Management, he has held jobs with various minor league ballparks around the country including two seasons as the Assistant Head Groundskeeper at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and working at Camden Yards.
This will be Tylor’s third full time year as Head of Fields and Facility. Over the past two years he has assisted James run numerous baseball tournaments and assisted in camp operations as well as office work. Tylor’s long-term commitment and understanding of our organizations mission as well as passion for the green industry, has made him a great fit for this position.
Assistant General Manger
Nate joins us in his first year with the academy. Graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) with a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Sports Management. Gutmann, had the opportunity to study away at the University of Tennessee at Martin and gained knowledge within their Sports Management program as well. He currently is getting his Master's degree in Sports Management with a certificate in Athletic Administration at Southern New Hampshire University. During is time at MCLA he was apart of the Baseball and Golf teams.
Nate has has a great deal of experience with running tournaments through the Massachusetts Golf Association in 2016. He has has gained valuable experience through internships during his time at MCLA. Nate also has taken on the role of assistant to the GM of the North Adams Steeplecats. He is eager to take what he has learned in his past experiences and apply them here at the academy. His responsibilities will be helping James run operations and helping to grow the academy when needed.
Health Care Coordinator
Dan is a licensed Registered Nurse and Nationally certified Paramedic. He is certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. Dan has been with the Sports Academy since its opening.
Our Health Care Coordinator works closely with the Sports Academy administration staff, the local board of health and Suburban Internal Medicine in Lee Massachusetts to assure the Sports Academy is in compliance with 105 CMR 430 - Safety Standards for Recreational Camps for Children.