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The "I" in Win

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Elite leaders relentlessly seek unique angles to make their team or organization the best. Hosted by Luke Mertens, an experienced teacher, coach, and entrepreneur, The "I" in Win weekly podcast interviews coaches, educators, and other leaders who have instituted an overlooked but simple strategy to achieve success: personal connections. Our guests have accomplished more, both personally and professionally, by focusing on making better people. They will share how our listeners will benefit by obsessing less on outcomes and more on the journey of changing lives.These inspiring stories of positivity are rooted in the belief that every “I”ndividual has value, regardless of talent level, and the more ‘I’s we impact in this world, the more everyone wins….that is The “I” in Win!New episodes released every Tuesday.

Elite leaders relentlessly seek unique angles to make their team or organization the best. Hosted by Luke Mertens, an experienced teacher, coach, and entrepreneur, The "I" in Win weekly podcast interviews coaches, educators, and other leaders who have instituted an overlooked but simple strategy to achieve success: personal connections. Our guests have accomplished more, both personally and professionally, by focusing on making better people. They will share how our listeners will benefit by obsessing less on outcomes and more on the journey of changing lives.These inspiring stories of positivity are rooted in the belief that every “I”ndividual has value, regardless of talent level, and the more ‘I’s we impact in this world, the more everyone wins….that is The “I” in Win!New episodes released every Tuesday.

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Elite leaders relentlessly seek unique angles to make their team or organization the best. Hosted by Luke Mertens, an experienced teacher, coach, and entrepreneur, The "I" in Win weekly podcast interviews coaches, educators, and other leaders who have instituted an overlooked but simple strategy to achieve success: personal connections. Our guests have accomplished more, both personally and professionally, by focusing on making better people. They will share how our listeners will benefit by obsessing less on outcomes and more on the journey of changing lives.These inspiring stories of positivity are rooted in the belief that every “I”ndividual has value, regardless of talent level, and the more ‘I’s we impact in this world, the more everyone wins….that is The “I” in Win!New episodes released every Tuesday.

Twitter:

@LukeMertens

Language:

English

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8473310491


Episodes

Doesn't Matter the Day, Tend to the Crops w/Greg Jones

7/12/2022
#48. In this episode, we welcome in Greg Jones, assistant football coach at University of Oregon. In this episode, we dive into how coach Jones made the leap, after 30 years of success in the high school level, into the Power Five; what he's learned from the process of now being a D1 coach; how he has built championship programs at all the stops he's made along his career; and how he has earned trust both at the high school level and now with the college football players he works with at...

Duration:00:41:59

What's Best for the Individual Is Best for the Team w/Hank Plona

7/5/2022
#47. This episode features Hank Plona, who has been the head men's basketball coach at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa for the past seven years. During that time, Coach Plona has amassed 196 victories, which is the most wins in junior college. He has also had 57 players graduate and sign at D1 schools, also the most in junior college. In this episode, we're gonna dive into coaches who have influenced Coach Plona, how he defines success, the uniqueness of coaching at the Juco level,...

Duration:00:40:12

Positivity is the Only Place To Be w/Jeremy Kauffman

6/28/2022
#46. This episode features an uncommon leader who exudes positivity. Jeremy Kauffman is a social studies teacher at Deerfield High School (IL) and head track as well as head cross-country coach at Lake Zurich High School (IL). In this episode, we cover a multitude of conversations in the world of coaching and education, such as coaching boys versus girls sports, coaching middle school versus high school, and coaching his own children, which he has done over the past several years. To sign...

Duration:00:37:05

Football is a Part of Life, but Being an Educator is Life w/Bob Pieper

6/14/2022
#45. Today we have on Bob Pieper, who has been in education since 1991, working first at Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Illinois, before coming to Glenbrook North (Northbrook, IL) in 1997, where he's been ever since. Bob has done it all in education: Teacher, Dean, AD, Head Football Coach, assistant for wrestling, baseball, basketball, and track. Bob has been a featured speaker for the Illinois Athletic Director's Conference; the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators...

Duration:00:36:59

Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing w/Kevin Devitt

6/7/2022
#44. This episode features Kevin Devitt assistant basketball coach at Niagara University. In this episode, we'll discuss Coach Devitt's fascinating journey to becoming a D1 basketball coach, what it takes to get to that level, what his vision is once he becomes a head coach, and how we keep the main thing, the main thing as coaches. To sign up for weekly notes from each episode, CLICK HERE. Review The "I" in Win on Apple Podcast or my website to let me know what you think of the show....

Duration:00:51:05

Why We Need to Hire Great People w/Chris Fore

5/31/2022
#43. This episode features Chris Fore, a veteran educator, athletic director and football coach from Southern California. Coach Fore currently serves as the principal at the Palmdale Aerospace Academy (Palmdale, CA). He's also authored three books, been featured in numerous publications, and since all of that is not enough to occupy his time, he also operates two websites: Coachfore.org that provides coaches and athletic directors with resources to be successful and eightlaces.org, which is...

Duration:00:46:55

Nothing Without Work w/Jim Konrad

5/24/2022
#42. Jim Konrad had a unique path into education. While in medical school, he was coaching a youth team and fell in love with the idea of teaching and coaching for a career, so he left medical school after his second year to pursue a career in education. In 1997, Jim was hired by his alma mater, Naperville North HS (IL), and became the head soccer coach in 2003. NN soccer program accomplishments during his 18 years as HC: His program is based upon the idea of "Nothing Without Work" (Sine...

Duration:00:43:11

Talking Hoops w/SIU Head Basketball Coach, Bryan Mullins

5/17/2022
#41. This episode features Southern Illinois University Head Basketball Coach, Bryan Mullins, where he gives his thoughts on: To sign up for weekly notes from each episode, CLICK HERE. Review The "I" in Win on Apple Podcast or my website to let me know what you think of the show. Follow me on Twitter (@LukeMertens)

Duration:00:35:11

Focus on the Process, Not the Prize w/John Belskis

5/10/2022
#40. This episode features Hall of Fame coach, Mr. John Belskis, who has amassed over 200 wins in his career, including 2 trips to the state championship game, winning 1 title and 1 runner-up in the largest classification of Illinois schools. TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE: To sign up for weekly notes from each episode, CLICK HERE. Review The "I" in Win on Apple Podcast or my website to let me know what you think of the show. Follow me on Twitter (@LukeMertens)

Duration:00:46:31

X's and O's Don't Breathe w/Michael DiMatteo

5/3/2022
#39. Michael DiMatteo has been a teacher and coach for 35 years, coaching football for 33 with 15 of those years as head coach for four different high schools. He is a 2022 inductee into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame and a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction (2010). Coach DiMatteo has also written two books: Confessions of a High School Football Coach as well as a historical fiction novel set in 14th century Greece and North Africa entitled Flavius Fettotempi - a...

Duration:00:42:09

How to Live by Design w/Rob Cressy

4/26/2022
#38. Today we have a special show - one that will hopefully have you will walk away feeling more positive and motivated to finding your best version. This episode features Rob Cressy who is a coach, speaker, and entrepreneur. More than anything Rob is a positive force for good, which is glaringly evident throughout this recording as we discuss many topics, such as mental toughness, seeking out discomfort, living a life by design, and why we need our process to be easy, simple, fun Resources...

Duration:00:52:30

Leaving HS Feeling Good About Yourself w/Tim Trendel

4/19/2022
#37. Today’s episode features Tim Trendel, Assistant Principal at Saint Patrick High School (Chicago, IL). Tim and I were classmates at St. Pat’s, and this is a conversation that was actually recorded months ago when Tim was just beginning his new role as AP, and before I decided to join him at our alma mater. Tim has over 20 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, baseball, and basketball coach, which includes 11 years as a Head Boys Basketball Coach. In this abbreviated...

Duration:00:27:35

33 Years of Following The Plan w/Mark Bliss

4/12/2022
#36. Since 1988, Mark Bliss has coached football at various high school and collegiate levels. During his head coaching career, he has amassed an overall record of 206- 80 losses, won 4 State Championships, along with 2 Semi-final appearances and 2 Quarterfinal appearances. His teams have qualified for the State Playoffs 23 of his 26 years as a head coach. Mark spent seven years at Conway Springs, Kansas where his teams started a 62 game win streak which is the 22nd best win streak in high...

Duration:00:45:43

Understanding the Human Being w/Jay Saravis

4/5/2022
#35. This will be Jay Saravis's 28th year in education. Currently the head football coach at Cheyenne Mountain High School (CO), Jay has also coached Junior High Lacrosse, HS Softball, HS Track & Field. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). To sign up for weekly notes from each episode, CLICK HERE. Review The "I" in Win on Apple Podcast or my website to let me know what you think of the show. Follow me on Twitter (@LukeMertens)

Duration:00:51:29

Teaching Life Skills in a Tactical Fashion w/Robert Pomazak & Patrick Shannon

3/29/2022
#34. We are showcasing the football program at St. Charles North High School located in St. Charles, Illinois. Representing the North Stars are the head coach, Robert Pomazak, and assistant coach, Patrick Shannon, who is also the author of Football Tactical Training: Gain and Keep the Advantage. In this episode we discuss the culture of St. Charles North football program, what tactical training is and why coaches should implement it into their programs, and how it ultimately benefits...

Duration:00:42:59

How a Centralized Strength Program Combats The Mental Health Crisis w/Nick Cook

3/22/2022
#33. Currently the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Head Football Coach at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Northeast Ohio, Nick Cook has experience as a teacher, coach, and school principal. As a football coach he has been a head coach at three high schools, including starting a high school program from scratch. As a strength & conditioning coach, he has spent time developing and implementing training programs in private training facilities, at the high school level, and at all...

Duration:00:34:24

Helping Kids Navigate The Toughest Times w/John Nee

3/15/2022
#32. Today's guest, John Nee, has been a teacher and coach at his alma mater St.Rita High School on the south side of Chicago for the past 25 years. In addition to his classroom responsibilities as an English teacher, Coach Nee is head coach of the baseball team and an assistant varsity football coach. He's passionate about impacting kids and today's going to discuss his influences, how he has grown as an educator, what he does to develop his players off the field and why having our players'...

Duration:00:51:04

Turning Kids Into Adults in a Loving Fashion w/Tom and Steve Winiecki

3/8/2022
#31. Welcome to our first father-son duo, Tom and Steve Winiecki! For 39 years, Tom Winiecki taught, coached, and was part of the leadership at Gordon Tech High School (Chicago, IL). During his 31 years as Head Football Coach, his teams won 193 games, 10 state playoff appearances, 2 semi-finals, and a 6A state championship in 1980. Also during that time the Rams qualified for the Chicago Catholic League playoffs 12 times with 3 appearances in the Chicago Prep Bowl Classic, which Gordon won...

Duration:00:45:28

Creating a Successful Path Using Athletics w/Brennan Spain

3/1/2022
#30. As if being a first-time head coach wasn't tough enough, Brennan Spain was named Head Football Coach at Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis, MO) in the midst of a global pandemic. How has Coach Spain's teams responded? With back-to-back trips to the MO State Semifinals. This year, the Lions have their sights set on winning a state championship. In this episode, Coach Spain discusses: Resources: Coach Spain on TwitterCardinal Ritter College Prep FootballTo sign up for weekly notes...

Duration:00:41:38

Everyone Has a Story to Tell | Jon Kerr & Joe Aguilar

2/22/2022
#29. In this unique episode, we're talking about what transformational coaching looks like from the vantage point of the media. Welcome to our two guests, Jon Kerr, publisher of the Kerr report, a newsletter about athletics and education, and Joe Aguilar, Shaw Media copy editor/page designer and ABC7-TV & Ultimate Autographs on-camera contributor. Hosts of their own podcast, The Jon and Joe Show, Kerr & Aguilar have over 30 years experience covering professional, collegiate, and high school...

Duration:00:44:27