Our Trainers

We here to help you grow, perform and become the athlete that you want to be.

Pat O’Leary

Pat O’Leary

Facility Director - Human Resources

Education: 1998 Armstrong H.S. Grad, 2002 University of Minnesota

Degree: Kinesiology with Coaching Minor

Sports Played: Hockey, Baseball, Football

Training Experience: 19 years running Hockey Camps. 14 years training at Acceleration Northwest

Personal: I have been married to my wife Carly since 2002. We have 2 daughters, Lyla is 6 and Eili is 3

Other: Played Hockey at the University of Minnesota and was a member of the 2002 National Championship Team. Head Boys Hockey Coach at Wayzata High School, and lead them to 2016 AA State Championship

Josh Yue

Josh Yue

Facility Director

Education: 2006 Minnetonka H. S. Graduate , 2011 Minnesota State University Moorhead Graduate

Degree: Exercise Science w/Strength & Conditioning program design and Coaching Minors

Sports Played: Lacrosse, Basketball

Training Experience: 11 years of Lacrosse Coaching Experience. 7 years training at Acceleration Northwest

Other: Played 4 years of Lacrosse at Moorhead State; team captain 2008-2010. Assistant Boys Lacrosse Coach at Minnetonka High School, Head Boys U15A Lacrosse Coach at Minnetonka (won state championship 2015 and 2016)

These are our dedicated trainers. Did we say that we would love to work with you? Send us an email, give us a call or stop by and take a tour!

Braden Lengeling

Braden Lengeling

Performance Trainer

Education: 2009 Grand Rapids High School Graduate; 2016 University of St Thomas Graduate

Degree: B.S. Exercise Science, A.S. Mechanical Engineering

Sports: UST/GRHS Track & Field, GRHS Varsity Baseball, JMS/Club Hockey

Training Experience: 4.5 years with Acceleration NW, Fall Clinics Trainer for WYHA, Individual Skills Strength and Conditioning Trainer for Wayzata Varsity/Junior Varsity Hockey, 2010 GRHS Varsity Boy’s Assistant Jump Coach

Personal: Hunting, fishing, photography and the gym take up most of my free time.

Kean Paxton

Kean Paxton

Assistant Facility Director- Operations

Education: 2010 Osseo Gradutate, Waldorf College, Bemidji State

Sports: Hockey, Baseball

Training Experience: 3 years training at Acceleration Northwest

Other: Played baseball at Waldorf College and Bemidji State. Enjoy golfing and fishing in free time.

David Brown

David Brown

Marketing Communications Manager

Education: 2008 Champlin Park HS graduate, 2012 California Lutheran University graduate

Degree: Communications

Training Experience: 5 years of hockey training.

Personal: I have a son, Mason.

Alec Almquist

Alec Almquist

Trainer

Education: 2012 Wayzata HS graduate, 2016 St. John’s University graduate

Degree: BA in Biology with an emphasis is Athletic Training

Sports: Hockey, Soccer

Training Experience: 8 years Coaching Hockey. 1 year training at Acceleration Northwest

Personal: 3 years Officiating in the USA Hockey Officials Development Program. Officiates in the USHL, NAHL & NA3HL

Other: Played Soccer at the St. John’s University

These are our dedicated trainers. Did we say that we would love to work with you? Send us an email, give us a call or stop by and take a tour!

Erik Monson

Erik Monson

Lead Trainer

Education: 2013 Bloomington Jefferson H. S. Graduate, 2017 Concordia St. Paul

Degree: B.S. Exercise Science

Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball

Other: Competed in both the Lone Star and NSIC tournaments and was a part of second place campaigns in 2014 and 2016, receiving student-athlete awards for NSIC academic all-conference with high distinction. Also coaches baseball in the Minnesota Blizzard organization.

Tiffini Keefer

Tiffini Keefer

Trainer

Experience: St. Olaf College Assistant Track and Field Coach (September 1998 – 2000)

NCAA Division 2 National Qualifier and All American 1993-1995

NCC Indoor Female Most Outstanding Athlete 1995

Group Fitness and Yoga Instructor 1998 – Present

Hall fo Fame Rice Lake High School

These are our dedicated trainers. Did we say that we would love to work with you? Send us an email, give us a call or stop by and take a tour!

Kurt Haring

Kurt Haring

Owner

Education: 1996 Champlin Park H.S. Grad, University of Minnesota

Degree: Commercial Recreation

Sports Played: Baseball, Football, Basketball

Training Experience: Running baseball camps and clinics since 1997 and training at Acceleration NW since 2003

Personal: I have been married to my wife Jill since June 2007. We have a son, Tyler, born May 2008 and daughter, Lola, born June 2011.

Other: Specializes in Baseball training. Played Baseball at the University of Minnesota – won 3 Big Ten Conference/Tournament Championships and earned All-Big Ten Honors in 2001. Has worked with numerous college and professional athletes including - Matt Birk (Baltimore Ravens), Robb Quinlan (Philadelphia Phillies), Jack Hannahan (Cleveland Indians), Luke Appert (Phillies Org.), Brent Krause (St. Paul Saints), Kyle Knudson (Twins Org.)

Have been owner of Acceleration NW since December 2004.