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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

Putting Players in the Best Position for Success w/Michael Wiggins

Aug. 2, 2022

#50. This episode features Michael Wiggins , Head Boy's Soccer Coach at Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois. Coach Wiggins has been a head coach for over 28 years, and during that time, he has tallied 385 wins. He has a…

Humble Confidence w/Sarah Teipel

July 19, 2022

#49. Today we are joined by Sarah Teipel , who is the new Head Girls Basketball Coach at Mundelein High School in IL. Coach Teipel spent the previous 9 years as head coach at Dundee-Crown (Carpentersville, IL), winning 2 co…

Guest: Sarah Teipel

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

July 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 Powe…

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

July 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 m…

Guest: Hank Plona

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

Recent Blog Posts

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…