Chad has been involved with international sports since 1996. After playing two seasons of baseball in Antwerp, Belgium and one in Brisbane, Australia he provided tours and coached in Western Europe. He has extensive knowledge of traveling abroad and the experience to provide a great tour. With the continued success of AIST he has been able to establish key contacts around the world to create top quality tours for teams and individuals.
Over the past 10 years Chad has spent an average of 2-3 months out of the every year traveling with his groups and providing top personal service for his clients. He enjoys being there to help with all the details of traveling so that everyone can relax and enjoy the trip.
“I enjoy traveling with my groups to give them any additional help that I can. I understand the frustrations of traveling abroad like trying to make a call home or finding something decent to eat! There are the other factors as well, such as knowing what areas are safe to travel and finding your way around the cities to the best sites. But most important, I enjoy meeting the people who choose to travel with AIST. I want people to feel comfortable traveling with my organization and know that they are not just paying for a great product but will be finding a new family of friends to share unforgettable experiences. It’s important to me that everyone has the time of their life so I go to make sure that you do! I look forward to meeting each person that travels with AIST and hope that you will enjoy the experience we will provide for you!” – Chad Wilkinson, President/CEO American International Sports Teams.
Gary has been involved with international touring, playing and coaching since 1996. Gary has resigned from coaching collegiate baseball because of the continued growth of AIST. Gary was the former head baseball coach at Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit. He has been actively recruiting, coaching and administrating tours in Western Europe since 2002. His hands-on experience abroad will help to ensure quality tours and tournaments for all AIST teams.
Gary graduated from Avila University in 1995 with a degree in communications. He was has been nominated to the Avila Hall-of-Fame for his outstanding play for four years in the outfield. After graduating, Gary stayed on at Avila as an assistant baseball coach for 5 years before pursing a head coaching job. After coaching at Longview Jr. College for 4 years he has now resigned from coaching to pursue the interest of international travel with AIST and improving the quality of the company.
Director of Media
Brent Pourciau is a retired Professional Baseball player, Pitching Instructor, USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach and currently is the Media Director for AIST.
He also currently maintains and operates TopVelocity.net which serves over 1,000 people a day in the world of pitching velocity instruction.
Brent has been with AIST since its beginning. He met Chad in Europe while playing for a USA team that Chad was running. Brent spent the next season playing professional baseball in Belgium and then moved into minor league baseball back in the States.
“Chad is a great friend and a great person. He is very professional and loves what he does. As far as I am concerned there isn’t a better organization to travel with than AIST. Everyone who is apart of the AIST experience are extraordinary people; who you will stay in touch with for years to come. I have traveled with other organizations and AIST by far is more superior due to the staff, organization and funding.”
Recruiting Coordinator and Tour Operator
Kinsey graduated from Rhode Island College in May of 2007 where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. While at Rhode Island starred on the RIC basketball team, leading the team to their best record in school history (27-4) and a trip to the NCAA Elite 8 his senior year. He captained the team for two seasons and left the program as the all-time leader in games played and 11th in total points and 9th in assists. His senior year he received several awards including Player Of The Year in Rhode Island, All-Northeast Second Team by National Association of Basketball Coaches and D3hoops.com. He also garnered First Team All-Little East Conference two years in a row and Most Outstanding Player in the conference tournament in 2007.
Following his senior year Kinsey traveled with AIST on a trip to Italy, a trip that ultimately put him in touch with professional basketball contacts, leading to a contract to play professionally in Denmark for two seasons. While in Denmark he also coached both men’s and women’s basketball teams and also ran multiple children’s camps and conducted school visits. Since his season ended in 2010 Kinsey has worked part-time with AIST scouting and recruiting players. Kinsey now joins AIST full-time as our East Region Recruiting Coordinator and AIST Tour operator.
University of Mary Washington
Deena Applebury was selected to coach our first Women’s basketball tour to Italy. She has been selected to be head of our Women’s basketball program here at AIST. Her dedication to making AIST tours educational and beneficial to everyone involved has helped to make our tours an experience of a lifetime.
Applebury is now coaching the University of Mary Washington after one season as an assistant women’s coach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2003. After a two-year playing career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Applebury started her basketball coaching career when she joined on as assistant coach at Rosary High School in St. Louis. In her two-year stay, she helped coach the team to the Missouri 3A Girl’s Basketball State Championship in 1998.
From 1999-2001, Applebury was the head varsity basketball coach at Warrenton, Missouri High School. She helped the team to a 19-8 record, which marked the school’s best record in history. Applebury was also named the 3A and 4A Coach of the Year for the Northeast District of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. From 2001-2002, Applebury was with Mineral Area College as the assistant coach where she helped the team to its best record in four years.
Applebury is a graduate of Versailles High School in Versailles, MO, and gained her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from UM-St. Louis in January of 2003. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from UM-St. Louis in 1999 and graduated cum laude. She was also a member of the Riverwomen women’s basketball team for two years. As a player, Applebury averaged 19.8 points, 3.9 rebounds per game and posted the fourth best single season output in school history with 534 points her senior year.
Missouri Western State University
Jen has been involved with AIST since 2003. She is a big part of the success of the AIST softball programs and continues to grow with AIST. Her knowledge of Softball and the experience she provides while traveling with AIST has helped to improve player’s skills on and off the field. Bagley has been at Missouri Western since 2001. She led the Griffons to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament, breaking numerous school and MIAA records along the way. Western finished the season at 48-20, setting team records for wins, home runs and runs batted in. Western went from 31 wins in 2004 to 48 wins last season. Bagley was named the 2004 Wilson/MIAA Softball Coach-of-the-Year. Bagley holds a 119-99 overall record in four seasons at Western.
Bagley came to Western from Humboldt State University where she helped coach a Lumberjack team to a 54-14-1 overall record in 2001 and a 3rd place finish in the NCAA Division II championship tournament. Bagley was an Humboldt State for one season as the pitching coach there. Previously, Bagley was the pitching coach and 1st base coach at Minnesota State – Moorhead (formerly Moorhead State University) from 1996-2000.
The Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota native earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Minnesota-Moorhead in 1996 and was a 3-time all-conference pitcher for the Dragons from 1993-96. Bagley is still the career strikeout leader at MSM, totaling 590 for her career.
Spring Hill College
Frank has been with AIST since the organization began in 2002. He continues to travel with AIST as a coach and administrator of tour operations.
Overall, Sims has cleared the 600 win mark in 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He gained the milestone 500th victory in the 2001 season.
In the last 15 years, Spring Hill has seen its greatest success on the diamond, posting nine 30-win seasons, including a school-best 40-15 mark in 1992, which culminated in a District-30 crown. The 1992 team also set 18 team, individual and conference records that year.
Fifty-six players have been named All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference during Sims’ tenure on “The Hill,” including two-time NAIA All-American and Pittsburgh Pirate starting pitcher Blake Stein, and current Kansas City Royal farmhand Trae McGill.
Sims is a member of the executive committee of the NAIA World Series where he serves as chairperson of the International Play committee. He was also an assistant coach for the Mobile Baysharks of the Texas-Louisiana Professional Baseball league for two seasons.
Sims earned his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Eastern Illinois in 1977, and his master’s degree in H.P.E.R. from Morehead State in Kentucky in 1980. He and his wife, Dana, have four children: Drew, 20, Sarah, 17, Kelsey, 15, and Brian, 13.
Johns Hopkins University
Meghan has been involved with AIST since 2005 coaching our Italy select team in 6 games of competition throughout the Northern part of Italy. Meghan is responsible for promoting field hockey and also coaches our select teams that travel throughout Europe and also serves as a valuable leader on our staff during tours.
Meghan Callahan has been the head coach of the Johns Hopkins field hockey team since 1997. Callahan guided the Blue Jays to at least 10 victories in each of her first seven seasons and to three NCAA tournaments in eight years.
Under Callahan’s direction, JHU won a school-record 17 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament in both 1999 and 2000. Beginning a year earlier, in 1998, the Blue Jays qualified for postseason play in six consecutive seasons and advanced to the Centennial Conference championship game in four of the five years in which the tournament was held.
Callahan began her head coaching career in 1997, when she guided the Blue Jays to an 11-7 record. After a 10-9 season in 1998 in which Hopkins qualified for the ECAC tournament, Callahan led the 1999 squad to a 17-3 mark, the best record in school history, and to JHU’s first NCAA tournament victory, a 1-0 penalty-stroke win over Salisbury State. Callahan was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III South Region Coach of the Year for the outstanding season.
The 2000 team matched the school record for wins, set another record by reeling off 15 straight victories, and again advanced to the NCAA tournament. In 2001, Callahan led the Blue Jays to a 10-9 mark and an appearance in the finals of the Centennial Conference tournament, and the next year, Hopkins went 12-9 and again advanced to the league tournament final.
In addition to her field hockey coaching experience, Callahan was an assistant coach for the Hopkins women’s lacrosse program from 1998 through 2000, easing the Blue Jays’ transition from Division III to Division I. Callahan also coaches with the United States Field Hockey Futures program, helping develop the skills of some of the nation’s top high school players. A 1996 graduate of the University of Maryland, Callahan spent four years on the Terrapins’ nationally-ranked field hockey team. She tallied 13 goals and an assist during her career, and helped Maryland win the NCAA Championship in 1993 and advance to the NCAA Finals in 1995. Callahan earned her degree in kinesiological sciences.
St. Mary’s College
Lauren has traveled with AIST since 2006. She accepted the first coaching job for our Women’s Lacrosse program. Lauren continues to work with AIST in the Lacrosse program and has helped us to make an impact on many players’ lives by providing great knowledge of the sport and leading our teams in international competition.
Uhr joined Saint Mary’s after serving as head women’s lacrosse coach at Claremont McKenna College for 4 seasons.
Under Uhr at Claremont McKenna, her team went 34-13 the last three seasons. She has coached the Southwest Pacific Regional Team over that time and was a member of the Regional National Team from 2004-06.
Prior to coaching at Claremont McKenna, Uhr was the assistant women’s lacrosse and soccer coach at Limestone College in South Carolina.
Uhr received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Information Systems from Fairfield University. While at Fairfield, Uhr was a member of the Division I lacrosse team and received several awards, including Regional All-American, Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors.
Recruiting Coordinator – Northeast Region
Paul Griffin joins AIST as our Northeast Recruiting Coordinator. Paul has served 30 plus years in sports related fields. He has been a coach, tournament and showcase director as well as worked on the board for baseball, softball, basketball and soccer leagues. He has developed leagues for softball and basketball and also scouts for a number of colleges and universities on the East Coast.
AIST is happy to have Paul join the staff as he brings a great deal of knowledge and opportunity for young athletes. Paul will be organizing tryouts and showcases for athletes who have been recruited to join the TEAM AIST sports tours.
Here is some additional information about Paul:
1984 – 87 – President Highland Springs Youth Basketball
Recruiting Coordinator – West Region
Tony Dress joins AIST as our West Region Recruiting Coordinator. Click here for Tony’s professional resume. We are very excited to have Tony join AIST as he brings a lot of baseball knowledge and travel experience to the AIST staff. Tony will be coaching some of our Baseball teams in addition to recruiting and operating tours during the travel season.