Athletic Mentee Cole Kuehl is putting the “multi” into “multisport.” The Gull Lake grad was recruited by Wisconsin Lutheran College to play not just one, but two of the sports he’s loved since the 8th grade: football and track. It’s an unusual scenario because most college-level sports programs demand focus on a single sport. But that’s just never been in Cole’s playbook.
“I love track – it gets my mind off of football,” he said, laughing. “You don’t get burned out. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
Cole is down-to-earth about his football prospects. There are too many injuries, as he knows first-hand from ACL and MCL issues with his knees, for it to be his forever game. At 6’4” with a 300lb+ frame, his stature can lead coaches to focus on his capacity for football and ignore his other desires, like track.
“I knew I needed to explore other things.” Instead, he looked for a college program that would nurture his love of multiple sports and his desire to one day work as a sports agent or Athletic Director.
“Wisconsin was a good fit. It’s located in the heart of Milwaukee, ten minutes from the Brewers and the Bucks. I love the program and the hometown feel,” he said.
Cole credits the Athletic Mentors program and coaches Mark Olson and Joey Chester for the success he’s earned on his quest for strength and efficient workouts. He’s been with Athletic Mentors for five years.
“I was a “big kid” and I knew I was strong but I didn’t know what to do with it,” he said.
Athletic Mentors gave him “serious training” to boost his bench press from 135 to 215 and deadlift to 450. But what they really helped him build was his confidence. “Joey and Mark have been my rock,” he said.
Cole’s mom, Barb Kuehl, swears by the Athletic Mentors program.
“He wouldn’t be where he is today without Athletic Mentors. It strengthened him a lot, not just body-wise, but mentally too. They helped him become well-rounded so he could perform in multiple sports. It’s more than just training; its spiritual and physical development for a healthier you.”
Mark Olson, coach and co-owner of Athletic Mentors, credits Cole’s achievement to his unrelenting commitment to his training over the past five years.
“Cole’s been a fixture in our gym, and that kind of dedication is what it takes to perform at a high level. He has a good head on his shoulders and will be a great team player for the Warriors. We’re proud of him, though we’ll miss him in the gym,” Olson said.
Cole called the college sports recruiting process “intense” and said he felt it was an emotional rollercoaster. “You can feel a bit broken down and beat up. You need to have very thick skin.”
He’s glad it’s over and is looking forward to suiting up for the Warriors first practice August 11th. For other youths finding their way on the field (or track), Cole has some sage advice.
“Just keep your head up. Always try to be your own leader in the weight room or on the field. You’ve got to enjoy whatever you’re doing.”
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