Brian Staffeldt, Waukesha-native and sports fanatic, purchased Center Court Sports Complex with his wife Sandy in December of 2018.
They, along with their two sons Derek and Dustin, took over operations in 2019 and have brought a renewed energy to the business.
Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club is excited to be a part of that, says Anne Slattery, Midwest Penguins co-founder and director.
“We had a great working relationship with the previous owners of Center Court, but we’re excited about the new energy and the plans Brian and his team have in store for the facility we call home,” says Slattery.
Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club has been a tenant of Center Court Sports Complex since 2005.
Built in 1994, Center Court Sports Complex is a 50,000-square-foot facility that can be set up to host eight full-size volleyball courts, five full-size basketball courts, and 14 pickleball courts.
The court is suspended, making it ideal for athletes of all ages.
Additionally, there is a 200-seat banquet hall, a 4,000-square-foot outdoor entertainment deck and nine outdoor volleyball courts.
Currently, the space is occupied by volleyball, pickle-ball, and basketball events. Many organizers of these events have been long-term tenants of Center Court Sports Complex.
The Staffeldts plan to build on the inclusive sporting experience and make facility upgrades as necessary to meet the needs of the community.
“We have already made many operational and facility enhancements,” Brian says.
They’ve added fresh, colorful paint to parts of the pub, hallways and bathrooms, added a large number of amusement games and replaced or repaired several pieces of failing equipment.
“The bathrooms have received some upgrades and will continue to get much needed improvements. The building’s roof will be replaced in October and the gym floor will be resurfaced late in the year. We are also looking at improving the lighting in the gymnasium,” he adds.
Currently Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club and Revolution Volleyball Club occupy space at Center Court Sports Complex. Other ongoing tenants include Bryant & Stratton women’s volleyball and baseball teams, Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Athletics volleyball and basketball teams and Boomer’s Pickleball organization- which has grown significantly, says Brian.
“The model that has been used here at Center Court has been successful and we are strongly committed to the current volleyball, pickleball, and basketball programs that currently utilize Center Court,” Brian says. “We are, however, looking to potentially tweak things somewhat and to add more training opportunities in those areas, as well as in others.”
The Staffeldts remain committed to supporting the growth of Center Court’s existing tenants.
“The Midwest Penguins and RVA volleyball programs are each working on growing and expanding in various ways and we try to support them in any way that we can,” Brian says. “As stated earlier, we have excellent relationships with each of them and sincerely enjoy working with them to achieve their goals and to collaborate on activities that benefit all that are involved.”
Staffeldt is a successful high school basketball coach and is also the founder of Focus on Fundamentals Basketball Academy and the founder and CEO of Wisconsin Focus Basketball.
Wisconsin Focus is comprised of 30 boys and girls youth competitive and developmental basketball teams of all ages. The organization offers tournaments, leagues, camps and skills-training for ages 5-18 years of age.
In addition to his sports ventures, Staffeldt also spent a large portion of his career as a vice president in IT for Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.
“This new venture is allowing me to utilize my skills and knowledge from many years working in business and as an athletic coach and youth sports business owner,” says Brian. “I look forward to working with all of the volleyball, pickleball, and basketball enthusiasts.”
Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club looks forward to working closely with Brian and his team as they continue to grow the success of Center Court Sports Complex.
“We know Brian has a background and a certain dedication to the game of basketball, but we also know he’s a sports fanatic and a great advocate for youth sports in our community,” says Slattery. “We’re pleased to be working alongside him. Together, we hope to continue to build upon the values and life lessons kids in our community can gain from playing youth sports of all kinds.”