CoachUp Becomes First Innovation Space Resident at Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst

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NEWTON, Mass. CoachUp, the nation’s leading private coaching provider, has relocated its headquarters to the innovation and collaboration space on the Mount Ida Campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Founded in 2012 by sports tech entrepreneur Jordan Fliegel, CoachUp is a platform for coaches and athletes to connect for sports training and serves as a business management tool for coaches. Backed by sports superstars including NBA champion and MVP Stephen Curry, Super Bowl champion and MVP Julian Edelman, and NHL Hall of Famer Cam Neely, CoachUp’s platform has quickly become the top sports coaching provider in the $17 billion industry.

By taking residence in the innovation and collaboration space on the Mount Ida Campus, CoachUp becomes the first company to co-locate with UMass Amherst in Newton.

“We’re excited to move our headquarters to the Mount Ida Campus,” said John Kelley, CEO of CoachUp. “UMass Amherst is dedicated to creating a vibrant, collaborative community for students and innovative companies, and we now have access to an incredible talent pool for CoachUp internships and employment. UMass has been a leader in sports management and computer science programs, and we hope to tap into those resources to help drive growth and innovation in the years ahead."

The CoachUp relocation allows the City of Newton and the N-Squared Innovation District to retain the early-stage company, which had outgrown its previous location. The 72-acre Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, located in the N-Squared Innovation District, connects the state’s flagship public research university to the Greater Boston business community. The campus provides lab, office and co-working space with parking, dining, recreation facilities and other amenities to resident companies and industry partners. CoachUp is occupying 2,000 square feet of office space.

“We’re interested in partnering with companies like CoachUp that are seeking multi-level engagement with the university, including providing experiential learning opportunities for students via internships,” said Jeff Cournoyer, managing director of the Mount Ida Campus. “Building these types of connections between UMass Amherst and the Greater Boston business community is central to the vision for the Mount Ida campus.”

CoachUp will provide professional development opportunities for UMass Amherst students in sports management, software development, marketing and other areas.

“Employee recruitment is the biggest challenge for Boston-area companies, so having access to the pipeline of talent UMass Amherst provides is valuable,” said Kathryn Ellis, director of the UMass Amherst Innovation Institute. “Professional development opportunities provided by internship programs represent one engagement, which can lead to research collaborations and other student and faculty collaborations.”

For more information about industry partnership opportunities on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, please contact the UMass Innovation Institute at UMII@umass.edu.

About CoachUp

CoachUp is a service that connects athletes with private coaches in 30-plus sports. As the nation's leading private coaching provider with over 15,000 coaches in every sport, all across America, it aims to provide every athlete who comes to us the opportunity to find a coach who can take their game to another level.

About the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst

The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst serves as a center for student experiential learning, industry engagement, academic and research collaboration, and fundraising in Greater Boston. Acquired from the former Mount Ida College in 2018, the campus exists to connect the state’s flagship public research university to the Greater Boston business community and serves as a secondary instructional site for UMass Amherst, offering an undergraduate program in Veterinary Technology and graduate programs in Statistics and Business and Analytics.