Published June 15, 2018
Hosey Baseball Training Center is owned and operated by Dwayne Hosey, former MLB player. Throughout his career, he played for several teams, including the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox. You can learn more at www.hoseybaseball.com, pop in his business at 3337 North 88th Plaza, or give him a call at 402.933.3283.
Q1: Where did you grow up?
Mr. Hosey was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Los Angeles, CA in the suburb of Pasadena. He told me, “I relocated to Omaha, NE because of my connections with professional baseball.” He officially retired from baseball in 2002, which is the time he moved to Omaha. He said that he has adapted and is now a proud Husker fan!
Q2: What are some of your hobbies?
Mr. Hosey is a big hunter and loves to fish. He is also loves to play golf. Mr. Hosey’s life revolves around sports. Even when he isn’t coaching baseball, you can catch him coaching football, playing golf, or practicing Jiu Jitsu.
Q3: Where did the idea for Hosey Baseball Training Center come from?
When Dwayne started off on his business ventures, he had partnered with some friends and started a big organization called Ultimate Baseball Academy (UBA). He spent about eight years there with them, but then had an itch to become an owner of his own facility.
Q4: How did you know you were passionate about what you were doing?
Mr. Hosey stated that he is very competitive in everything that he does, saying, “I give 100% all the time.” He always puts in his maximum effort, whether it’s learning a new hobby or growing his business. “I am passionate about caring for people, number one,” he stated.
Q5: What was your goal when you first opened your business and has that changed?
Dwayne told me that “[His] overall goal when [he] first opened the shop was to provide a place for kids to come and have a safe refuge to develop their skills, to be able to learn at a high pace, but at the same time keep it fun.” He explained how it was sad to see how many training facilities have lost sight of the last point, and will often push kids too hard, yell at them, etc.
Mr. Hosey went on to share that his goal has remained the same, and that he plans to continue to push kids to be successful at whatever they want. He views his training as partially life training, explaining that baseball teaches valuable lessons, including that failure is unavoidable on the road to success. Mr. Hosey also stated that, down the road, he would like to open up a couple of other locations in North America (probably California and Canada).
Q6: What services does Hosey Baseball Training Center offer?
Hosey Baseball Training Center offers private lessons, group lessons, and team lessons. On top of these, Mr. Hosey also offers: video tape analysis, merchandise, conditioning, and birthday parties. Hosey Baseball Training Center is proud to serve all ages, whether you’re just starting out, or are playing division one baseball.
Q7: How do you advertise your business?
Word of mouth is king, Dwayne told me. However, he has also found that his name speaks wonders when it comes to advertisement and brand awareness. Usually when people are shopping around for services that he provides, they’ll come across his business and do more research. When they start digging deeper, they will find out Mr. Hosey’s credentials and see that, if they go through him, they will be receiving training directly from a former Major League Baseball player. This really sets his business apart from the rest of the competition.
Q8: What’s next for Hosey Baseball Training Center?
Expansion. Mr. Hosey just purchased the space next-door to his current location and plans to double the size of his current facility after remodeling is complete. Also, the business is eagerly seeking permission to utilize baseball fields around the city for training and scrimmaging.
Q9: How has your business impacted Omaha?
Since day one, Dwayne has always been focused on improving the lives of the kids that he trains by helping them become successful in society. He explained how he plans to continue helping kids in North Omaha by becoming a larger part of the little leagues in that part of the city.
Q10: What advice would you give to someone just starting a business?
“Keep on pushin!” Mr. Hosey exclaimed, “Reach for your dreams and goals, no matter what. Have a plan and work that plan; be relentless on it.”
Q11: What is your favorite part about living in Omaha?
Mr. Hosey was all across the board on this question, from referencing the talent coming out of local colleges, to being right in the middle of the country, and even mentioning having access to every type of food you can think of. But I think what he was really trying to get at was the fact that, although Omaha is a relatively small city, IT OFFERS VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING that a much larger city does.
Q12: Any new developments around Omaha you’re particularly excited about?
Mr. Hosey referenced the new Capitol District, as well as recent development in NoDo. He believes both of these areas will created even more hype for the CWS. He also lightheartedly joked that maybe there should be more “development” of our potholes.
Q13: Why should someone from New York, LA, or Chicago move to Omaha?
“Well, from a guy coming from Los Angeles, California, obviously you get more for your money here,” Dwayne said. He went on to say how there are plenty of opportunities to both start your own business, or to find good employment. However, he went on to say that, “Owning your own business is just what people do here.”
Mr. Hosey also continuously praised Omaha’s school systems throughout the entire interview. Kids also have many opportunities to play competitive sports here. He explained how many programs are always looking to attract talent from outside of the state.
Q14: Should eSports be considered sports?
Mr. Hosey was very conscious of how he worded his answer to this question. He acknowledged that it was a competition that participants work very hard for, but went on to say, “I don’t know if it’s considered a sport.” He was firm on his belief that eSports players should not be considered “athletes.”