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Episode 22: Michael Federico ULM Baseball

Today’s conversation is with University of Louisiana-Monroe head baseball coach Michael Federico. Coach Fed has just recently been named the head coach after successful stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater Southern Miss and before that, the University of Memphis. Coach Fed is an up and coming leader in college baseball and we […]


Episode 21: Brandon Rosenthal, Assistant coach Northern AZ Suns (NBA-D League)

Today’s conversation is with a tremendous young up and coming assistant coach with the Northern Arizona Suns, which is associated with the Phoenix Suns. Brandon has a great story. He played college basketball at a DIII school in New York, because of an injury, he transitioned into a coaching role with the team. So how […]


Episode 20: Rollie Fingers, MLB Hall of Fame

Today’s episode features Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. Rollie is a 3x World Series Champion, he won the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1981 with the Milwaukee Brewers. He is the father of the modern relief pitcher and has 341 saves. Rollie is the owner of the most famous […]


Episode 19: Eric Thompson, Civil Organizations

Today’s episode features Eric Thompson from Civil Organizations. Eric is an executive coach and He is the co-founder of Civil Schools, a nationally respected comprehensive bullying prevention program. Eric also owns and operates Global Ascension Productions, a Pro-social leadership development company that deals with issues related to diversity, inclusion and sexual violence prevention in both […]


Episode 18: Chris Collins, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Today’s episode is with Chris Collins who is the Southern Arizona Area Director for the FCA. I’ve known Chris for over 20 years. He played college baseball and was also a former college coach at Trevecca Nazarene University and also at Lipscomb University. Then he felt the calling to the ministry life at the FCA. […]


Episode 17: Josh Pastner Georgia Tech Basketball

Today’s conversation is with Georgia Tech head basketball coach Josh Pastner. This is a little bit shorter of a conversation, so it is more interview style instead of the back and forth conversation that I usually like to have. I tried to cram in as much value into it as possible and Josh didn’t disappoint. […]


Episode 16: Smoke Laval, University of North Florida Baseball

Today’s conversation is with Ray “Smoke” Laval, Head baseball coach at the University of North Florida. I played for Smoke when he was the head coach at Louisiana-Monroe in 1998-1999. Smoke is one helluva baseball coach and a tremendous leader. We do get into a bit of storytelling, but it’s really hard not to with […]


Episode 15: Dean Whellams, Team Elite Performance

Today’s conversation was a blast. I’m really glad that there is someone like Dean out there teaching college athletes these strategies. These are things that I wish I would have learned when I was a struggling student-athlete. Dean asks the coaches and athletes to be “all in” and all he wants out of them is […]


Episode 14: Erika Barnes, SR Associate Athletic Director University of Arizona

Today’s conversation is with Erika Barnes who is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics and she is also the Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Arizona. In our conversation, we talk about her time as the Interm Director of Athletics where in just a couple of months, she got a contract extension for UA […]


Episode 13: Jon Wente, Pitching Coach UT-Arlington

Today’s conversation is a good buddy of mine who just happens to be a heck of a baseball coach. Jon Wente is the pitching coach for the University of Texas-Arlington. He is in his third season with the Mavericks, but before his stint in Arlington, Jon was one of the top head coaches in the […]


Episode 12: Joshua Medcalf, Author, Director of Mental Training UCLA Woman’s Basketball

Today’s episode is with Author, speaker and Director of Mental Training for the UCLA woman’s basketball team Joshua Medcalf. Joshua has published five books and a sixth one called “Pound The Stone”. His best seller is “Chop Wood, Carry Water“. I’ve read it three times…it’s fantastic. One of his other books is also a must […]


Episode 11: Troy Gingrich, Washington Nationals Minor League Hitting Coordinator

Today’s episode is a conversation with Washington Nationals minor league hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich. I played ball with Troy when we were both at Central Arizona College. We talk about his playing career in college and how he broke his arm throwing a baseball his freshman year. We then talk about his pro-ball career and […]


Episode 10: Joey Myers,

This episode is a little bit different. I’m speaking with Joey Myers from Joey is one of a handful of guys who are bringing science to the baseball swing. I love it. I think baseball has always lacked innovation. When I was coaching I always knew that some of the more successful hitters weren’t […]


Episode 9: Bobby Pierce Fort Wayne Baseball

Today’s conversation is with Fort Wayne University Head Baseball Coach Bobby Pierce. Coach Pierce has an amazing story which I think a lot of us can relate to. I coached with Bobby at Central AZ for one season and then he got a D1 assistant coaching job at Arkansas-Little Rock. He was there for three […]


Episode 8: Susie Meyers Top 100 Golf Coach

Today’s interview comes from the golf world and it’s fantastic! Susie Meyers is a golf coach based out of Tucson, AZ and she has recently been named one of the top 100 golf coaches in the nation by Golf Magazine. Susie has a new book out called Golf From Point A and it is really, […]


Episode 7: Jason Verdugo, Hamline University Athletics Director

Today’s episode features Jason Verdugo who is the Athletic Director at Hamline University. Jason has been a friend of mine since we were kids. I am really proud of the man that he has become. There are some real leadership gems in this interview. He discusses having anxiety issues during his playing days, and how […]


Episode 6: Brian Green New Mexico St Baseball

I’m really excited about for you guys to listen to today’s interview. It’s with New Mexico State Baseball head coach Brian Green. Dude is the real deal. He’s a great leader who is doing the things that should keep NMSU competing for the regionals and beyond year after year! There are some real powerful tips […]


Episode 5: Arizona Baseball Coach Jay Johnson

Today’s conversation is with University of Arizona head baseball coach Jay Johnson. Coach Johnson enters his 2nd season with the Wildcats. In his first year, he leads the Cats to a College World Series berth making it to the final series losing to eventual National Champion Coastal Carolina. We talk about his early days growing […]


Episode 4: Joseph Blair, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Today’s conversation is a beast! I had the pleasure of talking to Joseph Blair from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA-D League. We get into all kinds of amazing things. JB has played all over the world. He played at the University of Arizona from 1993-1996 and went to a final four. He […]


Episode 3: Mike Candrea, Arizona Wildcat Softball

Today’s episode features a conversation with University of Arizona‘s head softball coach Mike Candrea. Coach Candrea enters his 32nd season as the head coach of the University of Arizona softball team. He has an impressive resume featuring 8 national titles, 1,468 career victories, and was the head coach for team USA in 2004 (Gold medal) […]