Earlier this week, Chas Wheatley signed his letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes compete in the Big Ten Conference in the NCAA (Division One.)
Chas, a 6'7" right-handed pitcher, has not had an easy (or traditional road) to get to this point. He suffered an ulnar nerve injury in the summer of 2018 ultimately having surgery. He has overcome many obstacles in order to earn this opportunity, and we are thrilled for him to make the jump to college baseball! He started training with us at AHP a few years ago, and had this to say about his time here:
"I started training at AHP four years ago and it has truly changed my life forever. When I first came to Taylor, I had suffered an ulnar nerve injury requiring surgery as well as bursitis in my shoulder. Taylor built me a specific rehab program and guided me step by step every single day through that program for eight months. I had a hard time mentally after missing almost a year of baseball, but Taylor helped me work through that. He also taught me how to come back after injuries, surgeries, and setbacks to become stronger mentally. Without Taylor's help I would not be the person I am today.
Every athlete at AHP is assessed and given their own personalized training program (and pitchers given a personalized throwing program) to specifically fit their needs. This has helped me make huge jumps physically over the years.
The atmosphere and energy at AHP is unmatched. Everyone is motivated towards their goal and Taylor, Connor, and Ethan, are committed and will do whatever it takes to help you get there. I've trained along side many of my friends and have met many new people along the way, and AHP has become my second family. I wake up every day looking forward to going there to train. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to train at AHP and couldn't have achieved what I have today without the help of the coaching staff."
Chas is heading to a program that is arguably the best in college baseball for pitching development. This program is led by pitching coach Robin Lund - who actually grew up in Peace River, Alberta. Robin is in his third year as the pitching coach, and holds a Doctorate in exercise science, as well as a CSCS.
You can check out more about the Hawkeyes Baseball cutting-edge player development program at the following link:
Here at AHP - we strive to be much more than just a gym. For our baseball athletes this means we offer a fully integrated program that includes individualized strength and conditioning, skill development, nutrition coaching, and mental game training. Above and beyond that we offer a full college placement service. There is absolutely no need for our athletes to use an outside recruiting service when the one we offer in-house is superior to any other. In the past two years we have placed a number of our baseball players at various programs:
Chas Wheatley - University of Iowa (NCAA DI)
Ashton Finkbeiner - Lamar CC (NJCAA DI)
Ryan Telenko - Indian Hills CC (NJCAA DI)
Will Gardner - Garden City CC (NJCAA DI)
Brady Kobitowich - Cloud County CC (NJCAA DI)
Myles Pallister - Niagara University (NCAA DI)
Josh Ironside - Marshalltown CC (NJCAA DI)
Kade Knight - Okanagan College (CCBC)
Colbey Klepper - Lamar CC (NJCAA D)
Tom Leathem - Marshalltown CC (NJCAA DI)
Morgan Bodnaryk - Marshalltown CC (NJCAA DI)
Bo Mieklejohn - Clarke University (NAIA)