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On the Whistle explores the impact that coaches, teachers and administrators from schools and youth organizations have on improving young people’s lives. Each episode features topics such as resilience, leadership, responsibility, and self-awareness as we examine the journey every athlete and mentor takes from the heart to the mind. On the Whistle is brought to you by SquadLocker.

On the Whistle explores the impact that coaches, teachers and administrators from schools and youth organizations have on improving young people’s lives. Each episode features topics such as resilience, leadership, responsibility, and self-awareness as we examine the journey every athlete and mentor takes from the heart to the mind. On the Whistle is brought to you by SquadLocker.

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United States

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On the Whistle explores the impact that coaches, teachers and administrators from schools and youth organizations have on improving young people’s lives. Each episode features topics such as resilience, leadership, responsibility, and self-awareness as we examine the journey every athlete and mentor takes from the heart to the mind. On the Whistle is brought to you by SquadLocker.

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English

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9045535133


Episodes

Developing Players Between the Lines and Outside Them

4/16/2021
This week, Michael Worden from the Player Progression Academy in Washington D.C. joined On the Whistle to discuss some of the success he’s experienced with his growing program. Being an athlete since his childhood years, Michael has been enveloped in the complexities of youth sports. We learn it takes a whole lot of balance to run his organization. Between coaching players and managing a business. Between balancing player development between training an athlete and raising a well-rounded...

Duration:00:47:20

Respect in Rivalry w/ Coaches Mike Fraioli & Steve O’Donnell

3/24/2021
Back from our week break, On the Whistle joined up with two renowned Rhode Island high school lacrosse coaches; Coach Mike Fraioli and Coach Steve O’Donnell. Both coaches represent prolific programs who meet regularly in the State Finals. Mike has been coaching Moses Brown lacrosse since 2008 and Steve has been with the La Salle Rams since 2006. A typical 1 and 2 seed, Fraioli and O’Donnell’s programs have come to build quite the rivalry since MB joined the Rhode Island Interscholastic...

Duration:00:42:34

Teaching Confidence: An Interview with Alexander Major II

3/2/2021
This week we divert from sports and take a look at the marvelous mentoring Alexander Major II is doing in education. A physics teacher by trade, Alexander brings his life experiences into the classroom to share his knowledge of the subject while keeping it interesting for his students. His revolutionary teaching techniques focus on instructing students how to teach themselves so that they have the tools – and CONFIDENCE – they need when they graduate. "On The Whistle" is available on...

Duration:00:48:47

The Psychology of Sport: Gratitude in Greatness

2/23/2021
PGA Tour Winner, Brad Faxon joins me on On the Whistle this week. Brad is an inspiration to listen to as he explains the psychology behind his success; not only on the PGA, but in mentorship and coaching as well. We start at Rhode Island Country Club where, for 12 years, Brad caddied for some of the most influential and successful people of the time. At the age of 22, Brad was on the tour teeing off with names like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Greg Norman. Pretty intimidating to say the...

Duration:00:46:31

Establishing Your Identity in a Team Sport

2/16/2021
This week on On the Whistle, I have the pleasure of hosting college Junior at Bowdoin College, Preston Anderson. A member of the Bowdoin Sailing team, Preston has led efforts toward establishing The Inclusivity, Diversify, and Equity (TIDE) Task Force to diversity the historically white, male sport. In our conversation, we discuss the road Preston took to get where he is today. We uncover the reasons and coaches that kept Preston coming back to the sport of sailing even through attacks on...

Duration:00:34:58

Move the Ball: Relating the Sport of Football to Life

2/9/2021
This week, Jennifer Garrett virtually joins Gary in the booth. Jen is a leadership coach, a speaker, an author, and a commissioned officer in the United States military serving as a JAG lawyer. Jen and Gary talk a lot about her book “Move the Ball: How the Game of Football Can Help You Achieve Your Life Goals”. In the book, Jen draws parallels between the principles needed to win the game of football and how they are the same that are needed to win the game of life. In this week’s show, we...

Duration:00:37:50

All In with Wyc Grousbeck

2/3/2021
This week, Gary interviews the majority owner and Governor of the Boston Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck. From ‘Kick the Can’ to owning the Boston Celtics, Wyc has always been a competitive person. As a rower at Princeton, Wyc came to realize the concept of being ALL IN. A true, natural competitor, Wyc knows the dedication it takes to not give up on a dream. His dream – owning the Celtics – was far from easy, but through his own sports experiences, he understood the responsibilities and dedication it...

Duration:00:41:08

The Benefit of Athletes in a Business Structure

1/26/2021
Andy Gresh comes from a background in sports broadcasting. Andy’s approach is mainly professional sports broadcast and analysis, so it was interesting to hear his perspective on youth sports, coaching, and mentorship. Accountability, dependability, and structure are characteristics of athletes that Gresh thinks set them apart in the business world. Their ability to take direction, criticism, and initiative is evident of their experience from mentorship through sports. Gresh brings up a...

Duration:00:52:02

Amplifying Underrepresented Voices in Sports

1/19/2021
An unlikely rower from Mount Holyoke became an Olympic athlete. That athlete completed law school and launched a successful legal career. Then she laid it all aside to become a filmmaker. Her latest documentary tells the story of an inner city rowing team from a difficult side of Chicago that came together to overcome a variety of obstacles and difficulties. Mary Mazzio, founder of 50 EGGS Films, joined the podcast to talk about her film, A Most Beautiful Thing. Mary and I discussed: How she...

Duration:00:49:10

Penance to Mission: Shaping the New Face of Service

1/12/2021
It all started at a keg party on the Georgetown campus. Paul Caccamo and scores of his friends were celebrating his graduation until the police showed up. In a turn of events worthy of Les Mis, a passing Jesuit priest convinced them to let Paul go provided he performed an appropriate penance. A letter soon arrived inviting Paul to help at a Catholic school in the Marshall Islands. There, what started as a year of penance launched the mission of a lifetime. Paul, who now serves as executive...

Duration:00:37:08

Front Row Seat: Greed and Corruption in a Youth Sports Company

1/5/2021
A liar never tells you he's lying. That's why you fall for it. And that's the way all you've worked so crazy-hard to build starts to unravel. What began as an amazing entrepreneurial adventure in youth sports ended under a federal investigation. Steve Griffin tells the whole story in his book Front Row Seat: Greed and Corruption in a Youth Sports Company. I dive deep into the personal and organizational lessons Steve learned on this episode of the On the Whistle podcast. Steve and I...

Duration:00:48:57

What I Learned About Management on the Ice Hockey Rink

12/29/2020
Always a player that played to her strengths, building them to their full capacity, Erika Lawler won 3 national championships and a silver medal in the Olympics for ice hockey. When you have such a storied athletic career, what coaches and lessons stand out? In this episode of the On the Whistle podcast, I sat across the mic from Erika Lawler who now lives, works, and plays hockey in Brooklyn. We talked about her career on the rink and what she values in a coach.Erika and I discussed:...

Duration:00:40:54

Sports Journalism Lessons Learned From Growing Up Quaker

12/22/2020
Growing up Quaker meant learning to sit still, be quiet, and surreptitiously practice sign language with your friends. Today though, silence, mindfulness, and living in the moment — all the things that happened in the Quaker meeting — have taken a major role in the world. How can our childhood experiences, such as growing up Quaker, shape the way we think about sports, mentoring, and sports storytelling? In this episode of the On the Whistle podcast, I sat down with Andrea Kremer, seasoned...

Duration:00:30:07

The 3-Track Approach to Social Integration at Steel Sports

12/15/2020
We aren't just playing games. Youth sports is also about social impact, character development, and growth into adult life. None of this happens automatically when we hand a kid a ball. Instead, it all develops over time as we invest our knowledge and ourselves into our athletes. How can we more effectively develop social integration in youth sports? Alison Haehnel, former conference pitcher of the year turned Senior Vice President of Social Integration at Steel Sports, employs a 3-track...

Duration:00:26:00

Building a Coaching System That Can Change Kids' Lives

12/8/2020
In youth sports, we talk a lot about changing the world. But once kids leave the field, how are they changed? Are they any different on the ride home in the minivan than they were when they arrived? Keith Osik, former player for the Pirates and now Vice President for Coaching Development, and Steve "Jonesy" Jones, Senior Vice President of Coaching Systems, at Steel Sports, believe in coaching systems that change lives. In this episode of the On the Whistle podcast, I talked with Keith and...

Duration:00:39:27

How to Thrive as a Woman in Sports

12/1/2020
How do you thrive in adverse situations? By practicing creative leadership in challenging environments. Like being a woman in athletics, for instance. It's tempting to behave sedately, the way women are often socialized to do. But sometimes, that's the wrong thing for everybody. Digit Murphy, head coach of the women’s professional hockey team, Kunlun Red Star, and head coach of Team China Women’s Ice Hockey, knows firsthand the challenges and rewards of being a woman in sports leadership. In...

Duration:00:31:18

25 Years of Winning

11/24/2020
"If everyone played baseball like Cumberland Americans, this would be the greatest game." With those words and the rest of his five-minute speech after losing at the Little League World Series, Dave Belisle entered the hearts of sports fans, parents, coaches, and kids everywhere. In this episode of the On the Whistle podcast, I talked with Dave Belisle, best known for that ESPN moment at a Little League World Series that went viral. Millions and millions of people watched this video. We...

Duration:00:38:37

Full Court Peace: Playing One Sport as One Team

11/17/2020
In Northern Ireland, soccer led to rioting and violence between Protestant and Catholic boys. But could basketball be different? One man thought so, and he created a team of Catholics and Protestants together. Mike Evans, founder and executive director of Full Court Peace, says basketball can be a unifying force. (The Dalai Lama agrees with him, by the way.) In this episode of the On the Whistle podcast, I talked with Mike about how basketball can unify people of different races, religions,...

Duration:00:45:23

Unlock Structure With Free Play

11/10/2020
By teaching people to do something, you take away their ability to figure it out for themselves. Isn't structured coaching the best way to learn? Not always. You need to get a feel for how to control your defender with your eyes, posture, or faking skills. None of those things can be taught. They must be felt. Jamie Munro, founder of 3d Lacrosse and owner of JM3 Sports, says coaches win games but players develop on the sandlot. In this episode of On the Whistle, I talked more with Jamie...

Duration:00:52:32

How Resilience Works: Helping Ill Children Achieve Their Goals

11/3/2020
Liam is 10 years old. He has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It's like ALS but affects young boys instead of grown ups. He's also part of the baseball team at Northeastern University. Liam is just one of the seriously or chronically ill kids that Jay Calnan and the folks at Team Impact are putting on college sports teams. Jay's goal is to see a sick child on every college team. On this episode of the On the Whistle podcast, Jay and I talked about what seriously and chronically ill children can...

Duration:00:31:57