Trainer chases career opportunity with Braves
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January 29, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The man who has been the Rockford RiverHawks’ trainer for the last two seasons will be leaving one sunny climate for another in the next few weeks.

The RiverHawks announced today that the Atlanta Braves have hired Allan Chase to be the trainer for the Braves’ Rookie-class Gulf Coast League affiliate in Orlando.

“It’s affiliated ball, which even at the Rookie level, is a foot in the door,” Chase said.

Since he departed Rockford at the end of last season, Chase has been the men’s basketball trainer at Hawaii Pacific University, a NCAA Division II school located in Honolulu. Despite the weather – it was an 80-degree day with 10-foot swells on the North Shore, not that he’s had time for surfing, when Chase was reached by phone – he said the opportunity the Braves presented was too good to pass up.

“It was a definitely a step up from where I’m at,” said Chase, a 28-year-old Gardner native. “I let my boss know and he said, ‘Oh, yeah.’”

Chase is the third RiverHawks trainer to be hired by a major-league organization. Both members of the 2002 training staff, head trainer Jon Yocum and assistant trainer Atushi Torrida, left the Marinelli Field clubhouse for a farm team. Yocum was hired by the Boston Red Sox organization. The Montreal Expos hired Torrida.

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. Advertising, season-ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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