Indianapolis-based bookacoach has announced the acquisition of TRAINlete in Georgia. The Indiana business says the deal will expand its coaching database. Co-founder Myles Grote discussed the company and its latest round of funding earlier this year on Inside INdiana Business Television.

April 7, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — bookacoach, an Elevate Ventures portfolio company that provides an online marketplace for booking sports lessons, today announced its acquisition of Atlanta-based online coaches and trainers directory TRAINlete.

With TRAINlete's user database, bookacoach increases coach network in Southeast region of the U.S. In addition, bookacoach acquires TRAINlete's technology and online coaching resources, and will retain founder, Jeremy Clouse, as a Consultant in the Southeast market.

“When it comes to connecting parents with coaches for private lessons, safety remains our top priority which makes the acquisition of TRAINlete a natural fit,” said bookacoach CEO, Kevin MacCauley. “We are excited to welcome TRAINlete customers and introduce them to an expanded set of features for their sports coaching experience.”

As part of the transition, all TRAINlete coaches will undergo bookacoach’s rigorous background check process known as the BAC Safety Check. The check consists of a national, state and county level background check. The transition is expected to begin later this month.

“We are revolutionizing the way people view and understand sports safety,” said bookacoach Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Myles Grote. “We understand that not all background checks uphold the same standard which is why our BAC Safety Check has been designed with the highest standards in the industry.”

Since its formation in 2011, bookacoach has grown to become the nation’s largest online sports lesson marketplace of county level background checked coaches.

bookacoach recently raised a Series Seed round co-led by Elevate Ventures of Indianapolis along with existing investors based in Washington, DC and Greensboro, NC.

About bookacoach:

bookacoach is an online destination for sports lessons, connecting safety certified coaches with parents to manage private sports instruction. The distinguishing strength of bookacoach is: every coach must pass an industry-leading safety certification process in order to earn their BAC Safety Certification. Only then do coaches receive approval to offer their services on bookacoach. To learn more about bookacoach, visit

Source: bookacoach

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