CN Welcomes New Staff Members

Cyclone Nation is proud to announce two new members of the staff. These two members are well known to all of Cyclone Nation, as they are former captains on the Iowa State football team.

Cyclone Nation is proud to announce two new members of the staff. These two members are well known to all of Cyclone Nation, as they are former captains on the Iowa State football team.

Jack Whitver and Luke Vander Sanden will serve as Cyclone Nation ambassadors. In addition to promoting Cyclone Nation we want them to serve in the vanguard of promoting the Cyclones, building relationships with the current fan base as well as the many potential Cyclone fans, youth and adult alike, that simply need this wonderful program introduced to them.

Cyclone Nation is proud that both of these men are native Iowans and they have the true Cyclone spirit in them. They both showed that during all of the years that they competed in Cyclone uniforms.


Jack Whitver

Jack Whitver played football at Iowa State from 1999-2003. The former walk-on wide receiver from Grinnell was twice named an academic All-American, a three-time ISU scholar-athlete award winner, and earned his undergraduate degree from ISU in just three years. Whitver finished his career eighth on ISU's all-time receptions list and 10th all-time in receiving yardage.

After finishing school Jack was eager to get into the business world. He wanted to start his own business, so he decided to stay in an area he knew, sports. His business, Acceleration Iowa Sports Training, was started with a friend of his in 2004.

Acceleration Iowa is a franchise of the Frappier Acceleration Sports Training (FAST) program. Jack participated in this type of sports training while in high school. "I drove over an hour and 15 minutes each way to Cedar Rapids to work on my speed, quickness, agility and explosiveness. I always thought that Des Moines should have a Frappier franchise, so I started it myself. I want to give the athletes of Des Moines the same opportunity I had while in high school. Without the training I received, I would not have played at Iowa State."

Acceleration Iowa is located in Urbandale, at 3000 Justin Drive Suite H. This is about 3 miles north of Valley West Mall. It has about 3-5 employees, depending on the time of year. 

Acceleration Iowa's specialty is sports training. Sport training is for athletes in every sport, usually from about 10 years old on up. They work on improving speed, quickness, coordination, strength and jumping ability. These programs are scientifically researched and have trained over 200,000 athletes in more than 150 facilities.

They also offer personal training, which is the more traditional weight lifting and total body fitness. Along with personal training they have massage therapy.

"First and foremost, we are proud to offer this program to the athletes in Des Moines. Every major market in Iowa had the FAST programs for 4-5 years before we brought it to Des Moines. I am the perfect testimonial that this program works and can help take your ability to the next level, so we are proud to bring this to the athletes of Central Iowa," stated Jack.

"We are also proud that we have had at least six athletes earn college scholarships (including future Cyclone football player Patrick Neal), over 25 athletes named All-State, and as well as several other athletes winning major awards," stated Jack.

Jack has been a lifelong Cyclone fan and has attended Cyclone football games since he was very little.

"I have so many memories as both a fan and a player, but many of my best memories came as a child. I can remember the old football games like they were yesterday. My dad and I would make the hour trip to Ames for every home football game and many home basketball games. While we did not see very many football victories, those trips are still special to me," stated Jack.

"I think my all time favorite period was when Coach Mac first got to Iowa State. There were so many changes going on with the football program, new facilities being built, and the new Cyclone logo. To me, those were exciting times. Like every Cyclone fan in the mid 90's, Troy Davis was my favorite player. Iowa State did not always win on Saturday, but Troy Davis would put on a show. I will never forget the day Troy Davis ran for 378 yards against Missouri. Those memories will stay with me forever," concluded Jack.

For the past two years Jack has served part-time as the wide receivers coach at Simpson College.

Cyclone Nation is very pleased to welcome Jack to our staff. And feel free to stop by for a tour of Acceleration Iowa. Give him a call at 515-334-FAST or check out his website at


Luke Vander Sanden

Inwood native Luke Vander Sanden played for Iowa State from the 2000 season as a redshirt to the 2004 season. As a senior he was named to the Big 12 Honorable Mention squad and was awarded the Arthur Floyd Scott award as Iowa State's best offensive linemen. Luke played center.

Luke was also recognized for receiving the Ralph Aulmann Memorial Award as a team captain and was named First Team Academic All-Big 12. First-team members are those with a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. To qualify, student-athletes must mantain a 3.0 (or higher) GPA either cumulative or over the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Seniors who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are eligible.

Luke was also an ISU Athletic Council Academic Honoree.
Courage marked Luke's career at Iowa State. In 2002 he suffered a broken leg in fall drills yet he managed to return for two games prior to reinjuring his leg sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Luke was also willing to do whatever he needed to help the team. In 2001 he provided solid depth on the offensive line and backed up all-Big 12 performer Lorenzo White at right guard. In 2000, as a redshirt, he earned defensive scout team player of the week honors for Iowa and Kansas State games and offensive scout team player of the week for the Colorado game.

As a high school student Luke was First-team all-state as a junior and senior, was all-district defensive lineman both seasons, and was named to The Des Moines Register Elite Team as an offensive lineman his senior year. He helped West Lyon to the 1998 and 1999 Iowa Class 2-A State Championships, winning both titles. A leader then, also, he captained the 1999 squad and was selected to play for the North in the Iowa Shrine Bowl and to Tom Lemming's all-Midlands team and PrepStar's Midwest defensive line team. He was named to the Northwest Iowa all-defensive team in 1998 and 1999 and concluded the 1999 season with 101 tackles, including eight sacks.

Luke was a member of the National Honor Society.

An elementary education major, Luke currently teaches in the Indianola School System and is the offensive line coach at Indianola H.S.


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