Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Curry.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I played baseball starting at the age of 4 years old. Sports were a part of my life, but baseball really became my main focus and what I wanted to do. I was fortunate enough to play 4 years of high school baseball and be recruited by colleges throughout the Midwest. I officially signed with Bradley University under Coach Dewey Kalmer and played 4 years of college baseball from 2003-2007. My experiences there and the hard work offered me another great opportunity when I was drafted by the Miami Marlins organization in 2007 in the 21st round. I played parts of 6 years in the Marlins organization and was fortunate to play with and against some of the best MLB players in the game today. I met a lot of great baseball people in that time, coaches, players, trainers, front office staff, and much more. The learning process throughout all of my baseball years led me to wanting to pursue baseball as a career. I have always appreciated the coaches and people in my life that taught me lessons on and off the field. I watched my dad build a successful business and work hard to do so.
My mom helped with the business, and the overall work ethic and drive it took to build that business for our family gave me the foundation and desire to run my own business. I have been planning and waiting for an opportunity to run a baseball organization and baseball academy, and this is where we are at today. Teno Geritano was the original founder of T’s Academy 4+ years ago. I was fortunate enough to meet Teno through Jody Gerut (former MLB outfielder who lives in the Chicago area). The goal was to provide young athletes with a place to train, a place to learn, and a place that everyone could feel was like their own home. Teno got an offer to move to Tennessee and he was able to jump on the opportunity. I and my partner Tony Holloway are continuing what Teno set out to do. Building a positive atmosphere where youth athletes could grow not only in baseball but in life is always the top priority. We are proud to say T’s Academy has given a lot of families a place to call their training home, and we hope that it continues to grow and become better every year.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Baseball as a career certainly has its ups and downs. Playing professionally is a very difficult path. There are a lot of really good baseball players in this world and competing against the top 1% gets you thinking. I always wanted to play baseball, that was never in question. The drive and dedication I had have put me in a place to understand how to be successful, even when you know there will be failures along the way. Baseball is a game of failure and you have to be able to bounce back from that. Playing professionally I was forced to understand I wasn’t always going to play 100% of the time, that was new. The competition was significantly better at all levels, so the success rate drops and you have to be able to focus on what you can work on to always get better. In 2012 I was released from the Marlins organization.
For the first time, I didn’t have baseball to focus on. I was up and down on what I wanted to do, I tried to continue training in hopes to get back into baseball, but that call never came. I had to regroup and decide what I wanted to do. I tried different jobs, but I always came back to baseball. For the past 11 years, I have been training athletes, even during my off-season when I was playing. I have a passion to teach the game. It was difficult to start that business and gain the trust of players and families, but with hard work and dedication to all of those players, it turned into a successful business. There were times when there wasn’t much coming in and I had to scramble to make money, but baseball is a grind. Just like with any business it takes time to establish. I don’t expect everything to be a smooth road, but I also believe that if you are always striving to do more and become better, there are a lot of positive things ahead!
Please tell us about T’s Academy.
T’s Academy is an athletic training facility that focuses on baseball and softball training. With my background, I personally focus on baseball but have coached and helped girls softball players as well. Our main focus is to provide a positive environment and a clean facility that everyone is proud to go to. Our trainers and instructors take pride in what they do and they all want to help these young athletes grow as people. Obviously, our goal is to provide instruction for baseball and softball players in the Chicago area, but we also want to try and provide life lessons and build character, work ethic, preparation and other traits that will help everyone in their lives long term. I think what separates us from some of the others is we do try to make T’s Academy a big family. Training facilities need to provide the right space, equipment, and training, however, the atmosphere and positive feedback always provide more.
We are most proud of what others say about us. When we hear we have a professional organization, our players are great citizens and hard workers, our facility is clean and looks great, that is the biggest compliment. We are very excited about what is ahead for T’s Academy and look forward to building and future growth.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is our vacations and camping trips we would take with all of our extended family. We would have 20+ people on our yearly camping and boating lake trips and it was a great time for all cousins to enjoy hanging out, trying to win the lake tubing battles, and get a chance to step away from everything else that was going on in our busy summers. Our family set a foundation for us growing up and that will always be something I remember.
- Address: 600 E. Western Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148
- Website: tstrainingacademy.com
- Phone: 630-629-4535
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org