Famous Athletes I’ve Trained

Dave Veres

Story time: As a very young trainer, in 1995 (I was 10 years old ;)) Obviously I was a bit older than that…. I came in contact with a Major League baseball player named Dave Veres. I started working at the local Elite Gym , at the time, ‘The Q’ “The Q” back in the day had many professional athletes from basketball players, to football, to baseball even the Houston Aeros Hockey team. I had just come from working in hospitals as a Registered Dietitian and thought I would give a go at Personal Training. I had been an athlete all my life and decided I would get the best Sports Specific Trainer certifications- CSCS.
A young Dave Veres , pitcher
(Houston Astros (1994–1995)
Montreal Expos (1996–1997)
Colorado Rockies (1998–1999)
St. Louis Cardinals (2000–2002)
Chicago Cubs (2003)
came to the trainer’s desk and ask if someone could stretch him. I immediately said that I would. I think this was a Friday and scheduled an appointment for Monday. Between Friday and Monday I studied day and night to soon become known as the Expert Stretcher at the Q LOL. I was NOT going to miss out of an opportunity to train a Pro BB player. Little would I know that I could be responsible for this STAT (I mean not sure I am responsible but I did meet him in that year) 🙂
Dave Veres- “Among relievers who made no starts during eight-year span from 1995-2022, led majors with 620.1 innings pitched and was second in National League with 542 appearances” (Robb Nen, 575)
You are welcome Dave Veres 🙂 lol
Extra bonus: And little did I know that all these years later one of the nicest couples would still be friends of mine (long distance of course)

Stone Garrett

Gregory Stone Garrett (born November 22, 1995) is an American professional baseball outfielder, for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On November 29, 2022, Garrett signed a major league deal with the Washington Nationals.[17] Garrett was optioned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings to begin the 2023 season.[18] He was called up to the big league club soon after on April 2, 2023, after Corey Dickerson was placed on the injured list.[19]  In 89 games for Washington, Garrett batted .269/.343/.457 with 9 home runs and 40 RBI.[22]

Nick Zaleski

The Sugar Land native spent his collegiate playing career as a Sam Houston Bearkat from 2006-2009.
During his time in Huntsville, Zaleski played a large role in their three Southland Conference Tournament Championships and three NCAA Regional appearances, including the Oxford Regional Championship game in 2007. In 2009, Zaleski claimed the single season batting average record at Sam Houston after hitting .419 and still holds the title. During this time Zaleski received a Ping! Baseball honorable mention All-American and was named the Bearkats’ Most Valuable Player. 

Zaleski played a year professionally in the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2009-10.

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