Adam Barta is a Lake Crystal, Minnesota native, and has been involved with baseball all his life pitching in college and professionally along with coaching youth, high school, college, and professional players.
In 2003, Barta founded the Blizzard Baseball Academy, a nationally ranked baseball program and one of the most well-respected baseball academies in the country. Their core values, which begin with the Blizzard Big 5, are specific community values that serve as the foundation in creating fantastic people as well as ball players. Values such as loyalty, acceptance of responsibility, class, humility, synergism, perspective, empathy, and kaizen are a few items that every athlete learns when they walk through the doors at the Academy.
Over 450 players have committed to play college baseball and another 50+ have been drafted or signed as free agents in the last fifteen years. It is one of the most well-recognized programs in the Midwest and has garnered attention from KSTP 5, Kare 11, ESPN 1500, Fox9, Channel 6, the Star Tribune and the Upper Deck Report among others.
Barta and his program have graduated some of the most well-decorated prep athletes in Minnesota as well as helped develop youth players from the ages 6u-18u. In 2006, he signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox as an Associate Scout where his main duties are scouting players in the Twin Cities as well as running the Minnesota Area Code workouts. Some of Barta’s players who have either been signed or drafted by the Sox include Mike Strong, Ryan Bollinger, Tom Windle, and Jon Keller.
In 2012, Barta was inducted in the St. Scholastica baseball Hall of Fame and was on the 1999 Saints baseball team that was inducted into the CSS Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and was an assistant on the 2000 Saints baseball team that was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021.
In the summer if 2016, Barta founded The JP4 Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to help student-athletes achieve their dreams on and off the field. Barta served as the Chairperson from 2016 – 2021 before becoming a board member in 2022.
Currently, Barta lives in Roseville with his wife, Heidi and their two children Spencer (14) and Stella (6).