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From the age of five, Tyler Lunger has been playing baseball, playing in any league possible. Throughout high school, Lunger played for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes, then for Danville Area Community College.
“I played almost everywhere (position) while pitching up until college, where I only pitched,” Lunger told us. “I was a starter until I got to college, then transitioned to a reliever/closer.”
After graduating from DACC, Tyler transferred to Indiana University-Kokomo, earning his Bachelors in Recreation and Sports Management. Lunger also works for Erik’s Chevrolet as a Salesman while teaching lessons.
With his love for baseball still prominent, Lunger connected through a mutual party at ICTO Sports Academy. “They were opening up a new facility which peaked my interest that could lead to a long term position,” Tyler said. “I will come on at ICTO Sports Academy as a part time pitching instructor.”
A pitching instructor’s job is to help, teach and evaluate an athlete in order to for them to reach their top performance. “There can always be improvement no matter what the age or level of the athlete,” he said.
“If they’re twelve or twenty-five, they can always get better. There is no such thing as perfection, but that’s what any athlete strives for.”
During his playing days, Lunger enjoyed every minute on the field. “At the end of my senior year, I didn’t want to end the game of baseball, but my time ran out,” Lunger said. “Of course to have the ability to continue my career at the next level would’ve been the end goal, it just was never in my hand to deal.”
ICTO Sports Academy is a 72,000 square foot facility located in Anderson, Indiana that will be offering travel baseball, batting cages (pitching tunnels), t-ball leagues, whiffle ball leagues, kick ball leagues, travel softball, soccer, boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, indoor street ball leagues for boys and girls, dance, cheer, gymnastics, yoga, weight room, pickle ball, corn hole, indoor walking facility, tennis, racket ball, speed and agility training (football), strength and conditioning (basketball), sport specific training and personal trainers.
“I am looking forward to helping young athletes understand the game of baseball at a competitive level while challenging them mentally and physically to become the best athlete in themselves,” Lunger said. “I hope to bring a positive atmosphere along with a competitive driver that gives them a passion for the game.
A will to become the best at your abilities and to go out and win the game as it was meant to be. Keep it simple, never satisfied and keep it fun.”