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The "I" in Win

The "I" in Win

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.

Recent Episodes

Positivity is the Only Place To Be w/Jeremy Kauffman

June 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 (I…

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

June 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…

Guest: Bob Pieper

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

June 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 leve…

Guest: Kevin Devitt

Why We Need to Hire Great People w/Chris Fore

May 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 a…

Guest: Chris Fore

Nothing Without Work w/Jim Konrad

May 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…

Guest: Jim Konrad

Talking Hoops w/SIU Head Basketball Coach, Bryan Mullins

May 17, 2022

#41. This episode features Southern Illinois University Head Basketball Coach, Bryan Mullins , where he gives his thoughts on: Finding balance between personal/professional life Learning from Coach Moser & Loyola's magical F…

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Episode 44: Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing

#44. This episode features Kevin Devitt assistant basketball coach at Niagara University. In this episode, we discuss Coach Devitt's fasci…

Episode 43: Hiring & Supporting Great People

#43. This episode features Chris Fore, a veteran educator, athletic director and football coach from Southern California. Coach Fore currently serve…

Episode 42: Nothing Without Work

#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…