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16
Jul 2022

67. Josh Mickles, University of San Diego (CA)

After 12 years in the United States Marine Corps, including a rise to team leader as a Force Recon Scout Sniper, a foot injury, a well-placed neighbor, and the right timing led to Josh Mickles becoming a college baseball coach. He's the Director of Player Development and Mental Skills Coach for the University of San Diego's baseball team, and in this conversation he shares some phenomenal ideas you can implement right away in any program of any sport.

You can follow him on Twitter @JoshuaMickles.

 

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18
Jun 2022

66. Max Price, South Salem HS (OR)

The host of the One Percent Better podcast and founder of Damn Good Conversations - Joe Ferraro -joins the show to interview the host, Max Price.

You can follow Joe on Twitter @FerraroOnAir

 

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2
Apr 2022

65. Troy Walker, Lebanon HS (OR)

After 16 years an assistant football coach and more, Coach Walker took over as the head football coach at his alma mater, Lebanon High School, in 2021. As he heads into year two, he joins the Club to reflect on his past, what went well in year one as a head coach, and what the future holds. A true family man, he's a refreshing voice in the sports world.

 

 

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19
Mar 2022

64. Brad Stoll, Lawrence HS (KS)

He's in his third decade as a high school baseball coach and serves as the head coach for his alma mater, the Lawrence High School Chesty Lions. Over the course of his career, he's helped young people learn the importance of thank-you notes, community service, and competing for something bigger than yourself.

You can follow him on Twitter @coachstoll.

 

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19
Feb 2022

63. Jason Retz, St. Joseph-Ogden HS (IL)

A huge proponent of overcoming healthy struggle, Jason Retz has dedicated a major part of his life to the world of running. After finishing his collegiate career as an All-American distance runner, he entered into the world of coaching. He's now the Head XC and Track & Field coach at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in Illinois.

You can follow him on Twitter @CoachRetz and can follow his squad at sjorunning.com.

 

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29
Jan 2022

62. Tal Wold, Silverton HS (OR)

From creating a yearly blueprint, to investing thousands of dollars a year in basketballs for youth players, to competing for state championships, Tal Wold has been hard at working creating something special for the Silverton High School Girls Basketball program. In this conversation, he offers up a lifetime of experiences that can make you a better coach right now.

You can follow him on Twitter @TalWold.

 

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22
Jan 2022

61. Steve Maas, The Kinkaid School (TX)

After retiring from professional baseball (Kansas City Royals organization), Coach Maas found his way into coaching. From middle school to high school, tennis to track & field to football to basketball and, of course, to baseball, he's had an opportunity to hone his skills over the last two decades. He's been at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, for the last 11 years, building up a nationally-recognized program in the process.

You can follow him on Twitter @Maas7805.

 

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15
Jan 2022

60. Alex Edwards, Nelson HS (OR)

He coached at two previous high schools, including a state title run at Central High (OR), in addition to coaching for Whitman College, UC Davis, and Central Michigan University. Now, he's in his first year as a head coach and doing it at Nelson, a brand new 6A high school in its first year of existence. Alex Edwards runs listeners through his coaching journey and takes us into the trenches of what day-to-day victories look like when building a program from scratch.

You can follow the Nelson basketball program on Twitter @nelsonmensbball.

 

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8
Jan 2022

59. Mike Murray, St. Joseph HS (NJ)

A standout catcher who played professionally in the San Francisco Giants organization, Mike Murray jumps on the call to reflect on what it means to be a high school baseball coach and athletic director. He dives into a number of topics, but one thing will become abundantly clear: coaching is about relationships. It's a refreshing conversation, and one that has plenty of ideas that can be stolen and implemented in any program, of any sport.

You can follow him on Twitter @mmurrayXV.

 

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1
Jan 2022

58. Todd Wolfson, St. Francis HS (CA)

He's led two California high school basketball programs to their first-ever CIF championships (2014 at Chaminade, 2020 at St. Francis) while focusing relentlessly on building up young men of character. Off the court, he's become well-known for sharing some of his thoughts on coaching, leadership, student-athletes, and parents. In this conversation, he deep dives into what it means to be a self-reflective coach, how to make a lasting impact on players, and the importance of competition within teams.

You can follow Coach Wolfson on Twitter.

 

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25
Dec 2021

57. Rob Stacy, Clinton HS (TN)

The head baseball coach and co-athletic director of Clinton High School (TN), Rob Stacy, joins the show to discuss how he uses baseball to help student-athletes achieve their academic and athletic dreams; how he uses a whole-school and whole-community approach to coaching; and what he learned from a unique path to coaching.

You can follow Coach Stacy on Twitter.

 

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4
Dec 2021

56. Brett Kay, JSerra Catholic HS (CA)

After spending three years playing in the New York Mets organization, Brett Kay transitioned into the world of high school coaching. By his own admissions, it wasn't always easy. But since taking over the JSerra baseball program in 2006, the team holds a .639 winning percentage while sending 76 graduates on to playing at the collegiate or professional levels. He also serves as the school's assistant athletic director.

You can follow him on Twitter @coachkay13.

 

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20
Nov 2021

55. Raudric Curtis, Don Bosco Technical Institute (CA)

On his first day on the job, Coach Curtis had a total of five students signed up to play on the football team. Just a couple of years later, Don Bosco Tech won its first district title in 20 years. A writer, podcast host, artist, chess player, teacher, and comic book creator, he bucks off traditional stereotypes and helps us realize what coaching high school sports is all about.

You can follow him on Twitter @raudriccurtis.

 

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13
Nov 2021

54. Zack Moore, Greenup County HS (KY)

A true family man, Coach Moore jumps on the call to discuss how he finds a way to be a husband, dad, and head football coach all at the same time. He also dives into his path from playing in college, to coaching in college, to teaching and coaching at the high school level.

 

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6
Nov 2021

53. Jonathan Webb, Maplewood-Richmond Heights HS (MO)

After taking over at his alma mater at age 22, Coach Webb jumps on the show ten years later to discuss what that was like, how he's adapted since then, and why self-reflection is so important when you're leading people.

You can follow Jonathan Webb on Twitter @MRHbaseball

 

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23
Oct 2021

52. Zach Clanton, Wenatchee Valley College (WA), ret.

He recently stepped down after serving as the head baseball coach at Wenatchee Valley Community College. Zach Clanton dives into his playing and coaching career, but offers high school coaches, parents, and student-athletes a unique and unfiltered view into the world of recruiting.

You can follow him on Twitter @Clant1015

 

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9
Oct 2021

51. Haley Colwell, El Campo HS (TX)

She's in her first year as the Head Softball Coach and Girls Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at El Campo High School after a successful run at Whitesboro. Haley Colwell jumps on the show to discuss what she learned early in her career, how she's embracing her new position, and how she works to grow as a coach!

You can follow her on Twitter @TheCoachColwell

 

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2
Oct 2021

50. Max Price, South Salem HS (OR)

The host of the show breaks in the half-century mark of the High School Coaches Club with some insights into three topics: reflections, leveraging sports, and family. Max Price is the owner of the High School Coaches Club, but he also serves as the Head Baseball Coach at South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

 

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25
Sep 2021

49. Charles Brown III, Sam Houston MSTC HS (TX)

He's in his first year as head football coach at Sam Houston, a program that's struggled to keep coaches around and has struggled mightily to succeed on the gridiron, but Coach Brown has made an immediate impact. He jumps on the show to share what it's like to have an unwavering belief in his players, how he's growing the program, and what a lot of people get wrong about many coaching positions.

You can follow him on Twitter @CoachCharlesBr1.

 

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17
Sep 2021

48. Ron Kretz, Harlandale HS (TX)

A longtime baseball and football coach in Texas, Ron Kretz joins the Club to share many of the lessons he learned along the way, from how his first head coaching gig involved a barbed wire fence, to how he helped parents see the game through a coach's eyes. He now serves as an assistant principal while also offering tons of resources to high school baseball coaches at kretzfiles.com.

You can contact Ron via Twitter @coachronkretz.

 

 

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11
Sep 2021

47. Rob Younger, Sweet Home HS (OR), ret.

He's a legend who coached 74 individual sport seasons spanning 45 years, in addition to 14 years as the president of an umpire association, plus 9 years and counting as the Executive Director of the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association. A true lifer, Younger offers up just a portion here of a lifetime worth of coaching experience.

You can contact him via Twitter @oacarob.

 

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4
Sep 2021

46. Deven Morgan, Driveline (WA)

Deven Morgan is the Director of Youth Baseball at Driveline in Kent, Washington. Over the course of his career, he's developed an approach to prepare youth athletes for the high school level by focusing in on "skills that scale." Hit the play button to learn about how he reached this point, how he defines skills that scale, why it matters for high school coaches, and how winning fits into development.

You can follow Deven on Twitter @devenmorgan.

 

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28
Aug 2021

45. Nick Straka, Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville (IL)

He's entering his first full season as the head coach of a three-high school co-op football team, a program looking for its first win since the fall of 2018. In this conversation, he shares why he thinks he's the right guy to help the players overcome the team's struggles and pick up that elusive first victory. In past episodes of the Club, a number of guests have shared how they turned programs around. In this episode, we hear from someone attempting to do it in this very moment.

You can follow Nick on Twitter @CoachStraka2.

 

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21
Aug 2021

44. Mickey Sepanek, Frisco Liberty HS (TX)

An assistant football and baseball coach, Mickey Sepanek goes into great detail to explain how he's played a major role in helping shape the culture, direction, and success of high school sports programs. From why it's important to truly listen, to why you have to be willing to speak up as an assistant, to the world of college recruiting and more, it's a conversation that head coaches, assistant coaches, and prospective coaches would be wise to hear.

You can follow Coach Sepanek on Twitter @CoachSep.

 

 

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14
Aug 2021

43. Chris Fore, Palmdale Aerospace Academy (CA)

A longtime football coach and athletic director now turned principal, Chris Fore jumps on the line to discuss lessons he learned along the way throughout his various roles, including serving as an expert witness in high school sports-related court cases. Fore is also the president of the California Coaches Association.

Throughout his career, he's helped tons of coaches land their dream coaching job by helping them throughout the process. You can learn more about Coach Fore and some of the resources he can offer by visiting either of his websites:

CoachFore.org
EightLaces.org

You can follow him on Twitter @chriscfore.

 

 

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7
Aug 2021

42. Tyler Germain, Kalamazoo Central HS (MI)

The Head Track and Field coach at Kalamazoo Central High School - Tyler Germain - jumps on the line to discuss program promotion, program building, speed training, relationships, and more!

You can follow Tyler on Twitter @TrackCoachTG. You can also check out his articles on Simplifaster and his videos on Coachtube.

 

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31
Jul 2021

41. Justin Snider, Clever HS (MO)

In 2021, a high school student-athlete at Clever High School (MO) walked into the woods near home and hanged himself. He was discovered by his oldest brother. His dad and next-oldest brother pulled him down, followed shortly thereafter by his mom's arrival.

There was no warning. His parents knew he was struggling with school work and that he was using marijuana on a regular basis. He was encouraged often by his family to, as him mom says, "get his head out of his ass," but there was never an inkling that he was at-risk of taking his own life.

His high school baseball coach, Justin Snider, joined the show to discuss what it was like from the moment a school official came down to the field during practice to tell him and the spiral it sent him, and his players, on over the ensuing months. And while it's just one coach, and one team, it provides some insight into how coaches can approach mental health.

You can follow Coach Snider on Twitter @snider_justin.

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24
Jul 2021

40. Demarco Henry, Lawrenceburg HS (IN)

The Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Lawrenceburg High School in Indiana, Demarco Henry, jumps on the line to discuss building relationships in the weight room, how we can help student-athletes become more explosive, and everything in between.

You can follow Demarco on Twitter @_marco44.

The High School Strength & Conditioning Google Drive put together by the "Godfather of High School Strength and Conditioning," Kevin Vanderbush, can be accessed here.

 

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17
Jul 2021

39. Ryan Raterman, Wright City HS (MO)

The Head Baseball Coach at Wright City High School in Wright City, Missouri - Ryan Raterman - jumps on the show to discuss what he learned from two phenomenal high school coaches and what he's experienced in three years as a head coach, including team standards, MUDITA, stealing bases, community service, fundraising, and more!

You can follow Ryan on Twitter @Raterman29.

 

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10
Jul 2021

38. Bobby Ramsay, Mandarin HS (FL)

The head football coach from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida - Bobby Ramsay - jumps on the call to discuss his path to coaching, how he approached building up two different programs in vastly different ways, his time spent coaching Derrick Henry during his ridiculous national rushing records, and reflecting on mistakes he made along the way.

You can follow Bobby on Twitter @CoachRamsay1 and can follow the Mandarin High School football team @Mandarin_HS_FB.

 

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26
Jun 2021

37. Don Berger, North Salem HS (OR)

Don Berger (retired) sits down to reflect on his 44-year career as the head track and field coach at Salem Academy (1979-1999) and North Salem High School (2000-2021). During that span, his teams won 10 team state championships (plus an 11th in cross country) and 21 state trophies while also having 283 individual/relay state medals and 72 individual/relay state champions. In 2016, he was named the NFHS National Coach of the Year.

You can follow the North Salem Track and Field team on Twitter to check out some of the amazing things they accomplished during the past 21 years.

You can also check out the 2017 Nebraska Coaches Association presentations that Coach Berger gave (Runners' Motivation and Mental Preparation; Long Sprints: Techniques and Strategies).

 

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19
Jun 2021

36. Ryan Burkhart, Alta-Aurelia HS (IA)

The head baseball coach from Alta-Aurelia High School jumps on the line to discuss all things Warrior Baseball. He deep dives into the importance of self-reflection, how to truly love your players while upholding program standards, some unique fundraising concepts, and why it's so important to be your authentic self.

You can follow Burk on Twitter @BaseballBurk and the Alta-Aurelia baseball team on Twitter @AWABallClub.

 

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5
Jun 2021

35. Josh Wheeler, Muenster HS (TX)

Muenster High School's head baseball coach, Josh Wheeler, offers up what he's learned thus far in his career, from winning a state title in his first year at the helm (2017), to why being patient for the right job is important, to building up a program in a small school (150 total students).

You can contact Coach Wheeler via Twitter @BKERA_IRISH_RKG and follow the Muenster High School Baseball program @MuensterBasebal

 

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29
May 2021

34. China McCarney, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression (CA)

Back for his second appearance on the show, the VP of Jaeger Sports and the founder of the Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression Foundation - China McCarney - dives even deeper into the mental game to help you and your players be mentally stronger and healthier, in addition to helping you win more games.

You can reach out to McCarney via Twitter. You can support AAAD by purchasing your copy of the Mental Health Manual here. All of the proceeds go directly to the foundation to help connect people to resources, like FREE therapy.

You can listen to his first appearance on the Club back in Episode 16.

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22
May 2021

33. Kyle Douglas, Coffee County Central HS (TN)

A former collegiate baseball coach and head high school baseball coach, Kyle Douglas joins the podcast to discuss his latest role: that of an assistant coach at his alma mater: Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, Tennessee. Coach Douglas shares what that journey has been like, what being a loyal assistant coach really means, how open lines of communication can impact just about everything, and so much more.

You can follow him Twitter @KyleDouglas8 and the CCC HS baseball program on Twitter @c_h_s_baseball.

 

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15
May 2021

32. Bill Ackerman, West York Area HS (PA)

He's now retired from coaching, but he spent 18 years (1998-2016) as the head men's basketball coach at West York Area High School in Pennsylvania, where he amassed a 348-132 record while winning 20+ games in nine consecutive seasons. He was also the head golf coach (2002-2014), where his teams won 12 division titles in 13 seasons. But he'll be the first to admit: sometimes as a coach, you have to sacrifice a win in order to build a relationship.

You can contact Coach Ackerman via Twitter: @coach_ack.

 

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8
May 2021

31. James Cordes, Boss Baseball (OR)

The former head coach at Redlands East Valley High School joins the show to discuss how his program was so successful (2008-2016: 165-63, 5x league champions, 5 players drafted into Major League Baseball), the special memories they created for their players through senior celebrations, Kangaroo Court, and more, and what his transition to the private side has looked like.

You can follow Coach Cordes on Twitter @jscordes and @bossbaseball2.

 

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1
May 2021

30. James Hilts, Andover HS (KS)

The former head baseball coach from Remington High School returned home to Andover High School and currently serves as the program's pitching coach and head JV coach. Coach Hilts is one of the best sharers in the entire Twitter baseball community, and he did not disappoint when he jumped on the line to talk about what he learned as a head coach, how he serves the Andover program as an assistant, what his Dugout Participation Chart is all about, and so much more.

You can follow James on Twitter @CoachHiltsAHS

 

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24
Apr 2021

29. Brandon Pitts, West Plains HS (MO)

He's the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator and serves as the Defensive Coordinator for the West Plains Zizzzers in Missouri. Coach Pitts joins the show to discuss all things S&C, plus what he's learned - and the freedom he's been granted - as an assistant coach under Matt Perkins.

You can contact Brandon on Twitter @_CoachPitts.

 

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17
Apr 2021

28. Roger Czerwinski, Cocalico SD (PA)

Coach Czerwinski reflects on his career in high school athletics, from his playing days, to his time as a dean of students, to his first role as an athletic director, and his current role as the AD for Cocalico School District in Denver, Pennsylvania. He also dives into how he managed being both the head baseball coach and AD in West York, the difficult decision he made to step down when his son reached high school, and how he's remained present for his family.

You can reach him via email: Roger_Czerwinski@cocalico.org

 

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10
Apr 2021

27. Ryan Kinnan, Davenport HS (TX)

The head baseball coach for the brand new Davenport High School in San Antonio, Texas - Ryan Kinnan - jumps on the line to share how he's literally building the program from the ground up. Culture, family, data, winning, t-shirts: he opens up his entire playbook for us.

You can follow Coach Kinnan on Twitter @CoachKinnan and the Davenport Baseball team @BsblDavenport.

 

 

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3
Apr 2021

26. Randy Kerns, Mountain Crest HS (UT)

It's a unique story: helping your current program transition to your replacement while also trying to get your new program - some 1,600 miles away - geared up for your first year. Randy Kerns, the new head football coach at Mountain Crest High School in Utah, shares what that transition has been like, along with so much more. From turning programs around, to implementing new cultures, it's a can't-miss episode.

You can contact Coach Kerns via Twitter @CoachRandyKerns.

 

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27
Mar 2021

25. George Adams, Madison-Ridgeland Academy (MS)

The Strength and Conditioning Coach from Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison, Mississippi - George Adams - jumps on the call to give all of us some fantastic ideas to use with our student-athletes, including how to make the weight room a place they might actually want to use. 

You can reach out to Coach Adams via Twitter @Coach_GAdams.

 

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20
Mar 2021

24. Scott McGee, Willard HS (MO)

The head baseball coach at Willard High School (MO), Scott McGee, shares some insights into how early turbulence gave way to a decade of success, with no sign of slowing down in the future. From working to help players become better people, teammates, and competitors, to how he instills confidence in the student-athletes entrusted to his care, it's a can't-miss episode.

You can contact Coach McGee via Twitter @ScottMcGee8 and check out the Willard Tigers' baseball website here.

 

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13
Mar 2021

23. Deerick Smith, Southside HS (AR)

The Director of Strength and Conditioning for Southside School District in Batesville, Arkansas - Deerick Smith - jumps on the line to discuss training high school athletes. He gives us some tips for helping them navigate their nutritional choices, how to make the weight room a place they want to be, his thoughts on game day lifting, and tons of resources.

Whether you're an S & C coach or not, Smith provides so much useful information to help your student-athletes perform. He also discusses his new role as an assistant athletic director.

You can follow Coach Smith on Twitter @coachdeesmith

 

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6
Mar 2021

22. Student Managers, Johnston HS (IA)

Savannah Dennis, Lexi Cahill, and Chloe Williams provide insights into how a student manager program works, how to go about finding potential student managers for your program, what the future of baseball looks like for women, and how they managed to help the 2020 Johnston Dragons win a state title on the diamond.

You can follow Savannah, Chloe, and the rest of the Johnston student managers on Twitter @JohnstonBaseba1. You can follow Lexi and the rest of the University of Iowa Baseball student managers on Twitter @UIBASEManagers.

 

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27
Feb 2021

21. Bob Macauley, Sisters HS (OR)

"Are you getting better, or are you getting by?" Longtime - and now retired - Sisters High School Head Football Coach Bob Macauley jumps on the call to dive into a clinic-style look at creating core values for your program. Bob played football at Mater Dei in California, then collegiately for Boise State, before a couple of seasons in the Canadian Football League. He's also a coaching legend in Oregon, having won two state championships with Sisters High School - a program that literally didn't exist before Bob's arrival.

You can contact Bob via email: rjmacauley@gmail.com.

 

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20
Feb 2021

20. Michael Johnston, Lewis & Clark HS (WA)

The Director of Strength and Conditioning, Head Track & Field Coach, and Assistant Football Coach Michael Johnston joins the Club to discuss all things Lewis and Clark High School. From his background in college athletics to his current life as a dad and husband, Coach Johnston draws on numerous experiences to help all of us improve our craft, including deep dives into individualizing workouts, the importance of routines, and building family within a team.

You can reach out to Coach Johnston directly via email at michaelj@spokaneschools.org.

 

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13
Feb 2021

19. Josh Niblett, Hoover HS (AL)

The head football coach of America's most famous high school football program - the Hoover Bucs - drops some impactful knowledge to help us impact young people. From his discussion on quitters, campers, and climbers, to his monologue on why high school sports are so important, Coach Niblett proves that winning is a byproduct of waking up and getting after it with purpose day after day after day.

In his 13 years as HC at Hoover, the Bucs have son 7 state titles, played in 9 state title games, and have never been knocked out prior to the state semifinal game.

You can contact Coach Niblett via Twitter.

A couple of videos to bookmark:

  1. Quitters, Campers, and Climbers
  2. Why High School Sports Matter

 

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6
Feb 2021

18. Kyle Mickles, Decatur HS (TX)

The head baseball coach at Decatur High School in Texas joins the Club and gives us a foundational framework for why coaching high school sports is so important in today's society. From building real confidence, to taking hard stands, to having 144 uniform combos, Mickles goes deep into his program and mind.

He mentions his college baseball coach, Tony Robichaux. Here's a great clip of Robichaux discussing identity, something that also comes up in this episode of the podcast.

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