Joe Cordes was raised in Wenatchee and attended Wenatchee High School where he participated in numerous sports before heading to Eastern Washington University to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. He graduated in 2016 and returned to Wenatchee, where he started pursuing another passion as a teacher and coach. Joe graduated with a Master’s in Elementary Education last in 2018 and is currently substitute teaching, coaching high school wrestling at WHS, and is a Wildland Firefighter during the summers.
As a high school student-athlete, Joe was very active in athletics and the community. Joe earned his Eagle Scout ranking, participated in football, baseball, track, cross country, and wrestling throughout his high school career. As a wrestler, he was a 4-year varsity starter, 4x regional qualifier, and 4x honorable mention. For the two years Joe participated in cross country, he was a varsity runner both years, 2x honorable mention, as well as Team Captain his senior year.
At Eastern Washington University as an Athletic Training Student, Joe worked with collegiate and high-level athletes that included the EWU Track & Field Team, EWU Football Team, and Spokane Chiefs Hockey Team. His role was to help the athletes rehabilitate and recover from injuries as well help them improve their athletic performance. He worked directly with the athletes and coaches designing and implementing rehabilitation programs specifically catered to the sport-specific needs of the athlete, position, injury, and numerous other factors.
Joe’s passion for health and fitness is due in large part to his dad who was always working out or playing some type of sport. Being the oldest and the only boy of two younger sisters, Joe was often thrown in as his workout partner. This soon led to the passion he has for health and fitness today. Beside the benefits of being healthy, Joe enjoys competing and pushing his body and mind to the limit to see how far he can go and takes pride every time he breaks new barriers.