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