LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Sports Performance department have added two new staff members in Chase Chesterman and Travis Vlantes. The duo were hired as assistant sports performance coaches and assumed their new duties at UW in earlier this month.
Chesterman moves into a full-time position with Wyoming after serving as a volunteer nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach at Wyoming in 2014. He helped educate and coach proper nutrition strategies to UW student-athletes. He also assisted with strength and conditioning for the Cowboy football program.
"Chase has great experience in the field and was hand-picked by Dave Ellis, who works with our department," UW Director of Sports Performance Zach Duval said.
Prior to his time at Wyoming, Chesterman worked as the head strength and conditioning coach at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo. He was also a dietetic intern and volunteer strength and conditioning coach at fellow Front Range school Northern Colorado. He earned his bachelor's in dietetics and sports and exercise science at Northern Colorado.
"I really enjoy Wyoming and working with the staff," Chesterman said. "This new position is a great opportunity to continue to make our student-athletes successful."
Vlantes also moves to a full-time position at UW after serving as a part-time sports performance coach working with Olympic sports. He helped design workouts for volleyball, men's and women's golf and tennis. Vlantes also helped design workouts for the UW track and field programs.
"We are excited to have Travis on the staff," UW director of sport performance for Olympic sports Mike Cotterman said. "He has been on a year already and has helped improve our athletes and he brings things to our staff we have not previously had."
Prior to his time at Wyoming he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. He implemented workouts for football, men's basketball, men's soccer, track and field and men's and women's golf. He also served as a lecturer in the sports and exercise science department. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he earned two letters in football. Vlantes earned his master's degree from West Texas A&M.
"I'm grateful to continue to work with the student-athletes and the great staff we have here," Vlantes said. "It has been a great to develop here with these student-athletes and I look forward to working with them even more."