Chad Hermansen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he lived until the age of eleven. He began playing baseball at the age of five. Chad was selected for his Little League All-Star team every year. He moved to Henderson, NV and played baseball for Green Valley Little League. Chad played on the Varsity baseball team at Green Valley High School for four years. During his junior year he played shortstop during the Goodwill Games which is an All-Star team composed of players from the Area Code Games. Chad was named a 1st team All American shortstop by USA Today, and the Nevada state Gatorade player of the year his senior year of high school.
Chad was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round (10th pick overall) right out of high school. Throughout his Minor League career, Chad was an All-Star at every level (A, AA, AAA). In 1999, Chad was the Minor League Player of the Year for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
During his professional career he totaled 176 home runs, 34 triples, 45 stolen bases, 1,112 hits, 616 RBI's in thirteen seasons. Chad played for two and a half years in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1999-2002), Chicago Cubs (2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2003), and Toronto Blue Jays (2004). He also played for the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets in AAA (2007).