This July’s athlete of the month is Devon DeRaad, a local baseball star who has been training at the Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy for the last 2 ½ years. Next year Devon is set to move out west to Occidental College where he will become a member of the Men’s Baseball program while majoring in environmental science. Currently training for the upcoming spring season, Devon credits much of his success to the help he has received from the Center’s staff.
“I have worked with Jim Lefebvre since sophomore year, and I owe a lot of my success to his training which over the years has ranged from throwing me batting practice until I am worried his back is just about to give out, to just recommending a book to me that he thinks I will relate to and learn from. In terms of strength training, Don has worked hard to get me where I need to be in terms of strength and stability. It’s extremely valuable to have someone with an understanding of the specific needs of a baseball player overseeing and shaping my workouts to make sure I’m getting the most out of my training and staying safe.”
Although Devon is has not just worked on the performance side of the Center, but recovered from a fractured shoulder blade several months ago and is now happy to be back to playing the game he loves.
“I ran into the outfield wall and ended up cracking it all the way through, which unfortunately caused me to miss the rest of my high school season. The silver lining is that Ryan did an awesome job getting me back to full strength and I am 100% recovered now.”
Devon is a graduate of the prestigious Notre Dame Prep Boys baseball team which finished the season ranking 3rd in the nation for medium schools.  When he is not playing baseball Devon enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as watching his favorite athlete Kevin Durant play.