Staff

Chad Wilkinson

Chad Wilkinson

President/CEO
Contact: chad@aist.us
Location: Kansas City and Columbia, MO
Phone: 816.256.3828
Skype: AIST20
Facebook: TeamAIST
Twitter: AIST20

Chad graduated from Avila University (formerly Avila College) in December of 1997. He earned a bachelors degree in Marketing. For Avila, Chad excelled in Baseball as a starting pitcher for the Eagles for three years. He also played basketball for the Eagles in his last semester of school. Prior to Avila, Chad attended Lindenwood University where he was a member of the football and baseball team. Chad transferred from Lindenwood to Avila to pursue his baseball career. After joining Avila, his teams earned 45 plus wins a year. Chad also coached baseball at the collegiate level for 6 years. He has now given up coaching to run AIST full time.

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.

From 2002 – 2012, Chad would spend 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 and stress of traveling abroad and I'm happy to help our clients make an easy transition during their tour! 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 when I can to make sure that you do! I look forward to meeting as many people that travel with AIST as possible and hope that you will enjoy the experience we will provide for you!” – Chad Wilkinson, President/CEO American International Sports Teams.

Gary Haarmann

Gary Haarmann

Vice President
Contact: gary@aist.us
Location: Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816.256.2453
Skype: Garydh10

Gary Haarmann is also responsible for building the foundation of AIST. He has helped AIST to reach new heights and continues to be a great asset to the organization. As Vice President he provides great leadership on tours and helping to manage the details of each trip. He is a full time employee at AIST and responsible for the majority of our recruiting and organizing of teams and administrating tours in progress.

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 took a couple years off from coaching. He now is a part-time baseball coach at Rockhurst University.

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Kinsey Durgin

Executive Director
Contact: Kinsey@aist.us
Location: Portland, ME
Cell: 207.595.7828
Office: 816.256.3933
Skype: aistsports
Instagram: aistsports
Twitter: aistsports

Kinsey has been with AIST since 2009 when he came on as a recruiter. He has now moved up to Executive Director with responsibilities in all aspects of the business. He splits his time between the office in New England and tours with our groups. Running 6-7 tours a summer and normally one winter trip, he has run nearly every tour we offer and is a very experienced traveler.

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. He was inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2013.

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. He enjoys new experiences and adventures and always looks forward to traveling with our teams. When asked a common question in our business is “What’s your favorite place to go?” his response is “The next one.”

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Jennifer Hess

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Recruiting Coordinator – Softball
Contact: Jennifer@aist.us

Jennifer traveled with AIST in 2012 to Prague as a player. She accepted her first coaching job for our U19 High School program for 2015 traveling to the Dominican Republic. She will be recruiting talented high school athletes around the country to travel on AIST select teams.

Jenny played on the AIST 2012 Softball Prague Tour and won a championship and quotes “I’m am honored to join the staff of a solid company that left an unforgettable experience on my life.” Jenny also played 4 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as an outfielder and second baseman. While there she was two time WIAC Champions, made 3 WIAC tournament appearances, and 3 NCAA Division III Regional appearances. Jenny was named a captain of her team and was selected to the All-Time All-WIAC team twice. After her playing career ended, she accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Jenny is 3rd in school history for most stolen bases (62), 8th in school history on stolen base percentage (62-72), 7th in school history for most runs scored (111), and 6th in school history for most sacrifice hits (31). She was named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll 4 years in a row and a two year NFCA Scholar Athlete. She enjoys volunteering for local youth softball programs and many clinics. She earned her bachelors degree in Kinesiology-Human Performance with a pre-professional emphasis.

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Dave Williams

Director of Operations - Tour Manager
Contact: Dave@aist.us
Cell: 619.808.2265

Dave Williams enjoyed a successful and rewarding college coaching career with Point Loma Nazarene University and Cal State San Marcos posting an overall record of 709-214. Williams was named Conference Coach of the Year on 6 different occasions and was NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2002. Through a mixture of hard work, administrative expertise, technical softball knowledge, and leadership ability, Dave developed a reputation for fielding well-disciplined and successful softball teams. His teams qualified for the post-season every year and competed in 13 consecutive National Championship tournaments (finishing in 2nd place two times, 3rd place twice and finished 4th on three different occasions).

During his first international competition, Dave Williams coached the AIST College softball team and won his first European Championship in Prague in the Summer of 2009. Since then, Dave has coached numerous AIST teams in Italy, Holland, Prague and the Dominican Republic. Dave won his second European Championship coaching the AIST College softball team in Amsterdam in 2010. Since his retirement from college coaching, Williams was recruited to lead AIST groups in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Coach Dave has extensive international travel experience and is bilingual (English/Spanish).

 

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Brent Pourciau

Director of Baseball
Contact: brent@acepitcher.com
Location: New Orleans, LA

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."

 

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Lauren Uhr

Claremont-McKenna Scripps Colleges
Associate Director of Operations - Women's Lacrosse
Contact: lauren.uhr@cms.claremont.edu

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. For more information on Coach Uhr click here.

Megan Fraser

Megan Fraser

Johns Hopkins University
Associate Director of Operations - Field Hockey
Contact: mcallah2@jhu.edu

Megan has been involved with AIST since 2005 coaching our Italy select team in 6 games of competition throughout the Northern part of Italy. In addition to our select teams, she has taken her JHU Field Hockey team on 4 tours with AIST. For more information about Coach Fraser click here.

Deena Applebury

Deena Applebury

University of Mary Washington
Associate Director of Operations - Women's Basketball
Contact: dapplebu@umw.edu

Coach Applebury has traveled with AIST since 2004. For more information on Coach Applebury click here.

Breanne Nasti

Breanne Nasti

Adelphi University
Associate Director of Operations - Softball
Contact: bnasti@adelphi.edu

Coach Nasti has been traveling with AIST since 2013. Click here to find more information about Coach Nasti.

 

Jeff Curtis

Jeff Curtis

Northwood University (MI)
Associate Director of Operations - Women's Basketball
Contact: curtis@northwood.edu

Coach Curtis has been traveling and Coaching with AIST since 2012. Click here to find more information about Coach Curtis.

One Comment

  1. Dear AIST:

    I recently learned about your program from a father of a contracted athlete. I am interested in possible coaching opportunities for myself and playing opportunities for my daughter, Emma.

    I look forward to starting a conversation,

    Steve Jewett

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