Indoor Action Sports owner seeks successor

  • Jeff Coulson, owner of Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield, says the 44,000-square-foot inflatable dome over a pair of turf fields was one of the first facilities of its kind in the Northeast. Staff Photos/PAUL FRANZ

  • The pair of turf fields and 44,000-square-foot inflatable dome over them at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield was one of the first facilities of its kind in the Northeast, according to owner Jeff Coulson. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The offices and gymnasium at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The gymnasium at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The pair of turf fields and 44,000-square-foot inflatable dome over them at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield was one of the first facilities of its kind in the Northeast, according to owner Jeff Coulson. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 8/15/2019 5:21:00 PM
Modified: 8/15/2019 5:20:50 PM

GREENFIELD — Indoor Action Sports owner Jeff Coulson of Gill is looking to retire and pass the torch onto another sports fan.

“I’d like to sell to someone who likes sports as much as I do,” Coulson said. “I’m also willing to work with whoever buys the place.”

Starting in 1995, Coulson established Indoor Action Sports as a facility for field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, basketball and other events. The property includes 12.5 acres of land.

“You can do anything you want,” Coulson said. “If you can hit it, kick it, throw it — you can do it here.”

Indoor Action Sports was created out of a large metal shed, where sports like soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and basketball were played. In 1999, the facility expanded, establishing a pair of turf fields and putting a 44,000-square-foot inflatable dome over them, one of the first facilities of its kind in the Northeast, according to Coulson.

“I loved what I did and I had the opportunity to expand and put up the dome,” Coulson said. “I wanted to provide a venue for kids and adults to be able to play sports. I had enough property to expand, and a building was out of reach. The dome was what fit and what was affordable. It’s all worked out.”

In addition to Coulson, staff includes Charlie Edwards, who is a full-time year-round employee as program and rental director; a full-time soccer director from September to April; a part-time book keeper; and about 10 part-time employees from November to April.

Coulson said he’s set up the current arrangement to be able to step away from doing day-to-day operations at Indoor Action Sports.

Besides running a number of leagues and tournaments in a variety of sports, Indoor Action Sports is also used as the home court for Four Rivers Charter Public School basketball. Coulson said he’s cultivated relationships with local schools to provide access to fields.

“Essentially, we have to have capital, but I want to keep this in the community,” he said. “It’s awesome to have a place like this in Greenfield. We bring in teams from out of state, from New York, Vermont, New Hampshire. In the past, we’ve run events with teams from as far as Texas and California.”

Through its rental services, Indoor Action Sports has also hosted several dog agility shows, as well as concerts and trade shows.

Coulson said, at 70, he wants to retire to spend more time with his family and grandchildren. However, he would like to continue his coaching role with Catamount lacrosse, which has youth, adult and high school teams.

“I just retired from playing lacrosse this year,” Coulson said. “I’m healthy, but I want to hang out with my seven grandchildren. I also love hiking, biking and traveling.”

First and foremost, Coulson said he wants to find a buyer interested in building on the foundation he created.

“I want someone to invest in this place and do more for it,” he said. “I’m in no hurry, I want to find the right person.”

To contact Coulson, email jcoulson@catamountlc.com.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.




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