Chet Lauer is a highly regarded baseball coach at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Before joining IMG Academy, Lauer served as an assistant baseball coach at John Carroll University in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where he earned his degree. He oversaw various sports operations as an assistant varsity baseball coach, leading dozens of players through off-season training, managing game day logistics, and publishing student newsletters. Lauer's outreach efforts and relationship development were also instrumental in his role, which included creating a baseball-focused holistic improvement program for students.
Between 2015 and 2017, Lauer travelled the world as a professional baseball player, playing in Europe, including the French university city of Clermont-Ferrand and Vienna, Austria. His work as a professional baseball player took him as far afield as Canberra, Australia. He was recognized as European Baseball & Softball Magazine's International All-Star while playing in Austria and France.
Lauer attended Saint Ignatius High School in his native Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The college-preparatory school, founded in 1886, is rooted in Ignatian spirituality and promotes growth, intellectual competence, and a commitment to social justice. The vast campus, located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Ohio City near downtown Cleveland, occupies 19 buildings across over 20 acres and boasts three dedicated athletic fields. Saint Ignatius High School is accredited as a part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.
Lauer's diverse background as a player, coach, and educator, combined with his dedication to student-athlete development, has significantly impacted the baseball community. His work at IMG Academy and John Carroll University has helped numerous aspiring athletes achieve their goals on and off the field.