New Episodes Released Every Tuesday!

Season 1

Aug. 2, 2022

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

#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 …

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July 19, 2022

Humble Confidence w/Sarah Teipel

#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 con...

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July 12, 2022

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

#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 …

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July 5, 2022

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

#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 mo...

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June 28, 2022

Positivity is the Only Place To Be w/Jeremy Kauffman

#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...

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June 14, 2022

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

#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 ...

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June 7, 2022

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

#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...

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May 31, 2022

Why We Need to Hire Great People w/Chris Fore

#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 al...

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May 24, 2022

Nothing Without Work w/Jim Konrad

#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 …

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May 17, 2022

Talking Hoops w/SIU Head Basketball Coach, Bryan Mullins

#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 Fi...

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May 10, 2022

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

#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...

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May 3, 2022

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

#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 …

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April 26, 2022

How to Live by Design w/Rob Cressy

#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....

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April 19, 2022

Leaving HS Feeling Good About Yourself w/Tim Trendel

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 j...

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April 12, 2022

33 Years of Following The Plan w/Mark Bliss

#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-...

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April 5, 2022

Understanding the Human Being w/Jay Saravis

#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...

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March 29, 2022

Teaching Life Skills in a Tactical Fashion | Robert Pomazak & Patrick…

#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...

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March 22, 2022

How a Centralized Strength Program Combats The Mental Health Crisis |…

#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 ...

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March 15, 2022

Helping Kids Navigate The Toughest Times | John Nee

#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 …

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March 8, 2022

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

#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 Coac...

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March 1, 2022

Creating a Successful Path Using Athletics w/Brennan Spain

#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 respond...

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Feb. 22, 2022

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

#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 ...

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Feb. 15, 2022

Meeting Kids Where They're at w/Kelly Henkel

#28. Currently an AP Human Geography and Human Geography at Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, IL, Kelly Henkel has 15 years of public-school education and coaching experience. He places an emphasis on building relatio...

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Feb. 8, 2022

Educating Students to Speak Honestly, Think Sincerely, and Act With I…

#27. Although he is the newly named Head Football Coach at Bennett High School (Bennett, CO), Greg Koenig is not new to education. Boasting 32 years of teaching and coaching experience, 21 years as head football coach, and a ...

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Feb. 1, 2022

The Best Victories Won't Be on the Court

#26. In this episode, we sit down with Shay Boyle, who is currently in his second year as the President at Notre Dame College Prep (Niles, IL). Prior to NDCP, Shay was the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Gordon Tech …

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Jan. 25, 2022

Peace of Mind: How Jim Bloch Defines Success

#25. Jim Bloch came to New Trier (Winnetka, IL) in 1999, after serving as the athletic director at Glenbrook North High School, in Northbrook, Illinois (1981-1999). During his career, he has served the Illinois Athletic Dire...

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Jan. 18, 2022

It's About Being the Most Influential Supporter

#24. Today we feature David Annis who is the COO and co-founder of Parallax , a professional services automation software company helping digital agencies and tech consultancies grow profitably. David is responsible for vario...

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Jan. 11, 2022

Building Relationships Creates Engagement

#23. Developing lifelong relationships with players is one of the most rewarding aspects of coaching. So it was really cool for me to interview Chris Hoffman, Head Baseball Coach & Special Education Teacher at Lakes Community...

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Jan. 4, 2022

Patience and Perseverance Provide the Healthiest Progress

#22. Rob Wilton is the Founding Pastor of Vintage Church, Send City Missionary for the Send Network, and the Chaplain for the New Orleans Saints. Rob is steadfastly dedicated to the process of impacting people, and in this ep...

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Dec. 28, 2021

Impactful Leaders Absorb Chaos, Give Back Calm, Provide Hope

#21. Dr. Paul Pryma has devoted his life to empowering people through education. Thirty-five years as a teacher, coach, administrator, and consultant inspired Paul to write Coaches of Chicago: Inspiring Stories about Leader...

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Dec. 21, 2021

Legacy is Ultimately Caring About People

#20. Jon Stapleton, teacher and head boys soccer coach, is featured on this episode. For 25 years, Jon has taught PE/Health/Drivers Ed, as well as coached basketball and soccer at Downers Grove South High School (Downers Gro...

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Dec. 14, 2021

Why Being Locked Into the Moment is a Powerful Place

#19. Our guest today is Jeremy Sheetinger, head baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Coach Sheets has a passion for helping people, especially coaches. He's going to share with us why...

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Dec. 7, 2021

Bridging the Educational Gap in Coaching Ethics and Coach Health and …

#18. Coaches in this country are held in high regard due to their wisdom and, hopefully, life-long impact upon the athletes they work with. Parents entrust coaches to not only impart sport-specific training upon their childre...

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Nov. 30, 2021

Two Coaching Legends Sharing One Legacy

#17. I decided to try something different with this episode and invite on two guests - Illinois coaching legends: Bill Mitz and Rich Roberts - who between the 2 of them have coached just about every sport but are probably …

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Nov. 26, 2021

What is The Human Performance Project

This special bonus edition of The "I" in Win podcast features Kara Klingler, who's the project lead of the Illinois Human Performance Project. I was first introduced to ILHPP when HOF softball coach/English teacher Cathy Ann ...

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Nov. 23, 2021

Jim Tressel: How Inner Satisfaction of Developing People Leads to Win…

#16. In 2004, I was tasked with building a football program at a brand new high school. It was my first experience working in a public school, and although I thought I had all the answers as a first-time head …

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Nov. 16, 2021

Why Coaches Should Develop All Players and Have Fun in the Process

Coaching is coaching regardless of the sport. Caring about athletes as people, embracing the process of changing lives, intentionally building relationships are just a few of the themes that have been covered on previous epis...

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Nov. 9, 2021

How a Mindset for Mastery Will Lead to Positive Change in Your World

#14. I was connected with Ryan Harris through my previous guest Dan Santucci (s1, episode 6 ). Looking at Ryan's website, I love the first words written on his online bio: "Change the World." Super Bowl 50 Champion Ryan Harr...

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Nov. 2, 2021

Creating a Program Identity Based on P+E+T

Jimmy Roberts is a Social Studies Teacher / AP Macroeconomics Teacher, Head Boys Basketball Coach, and Assistant Athletic Director at Jacobs High School (Algonquin, Illinois). Built upon the 3 values of Passion, Enthusiasm, a...

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Oct. 29, 2021

Leadership Mindset To Discover Purpose, Impact People, and Achieve!

Leadership mindset coach Andy Hillig (Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC) has served in several Executive and Senior Leadership roles in large healthcare systems. In total, he has spent more than 15 years leading organizational transformations that had multiple layers of responsibility …

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Oct. 26, 2021

Obstacles are the Way to Success

Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) head boys basketball coach, Tom Livatino, is today's guest, discussing challenges facing educators both in and out of the classroom and the importance of staying positive while always seeking solutions during times of adversity.

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Oct. 19, 2021

Winning Championships by Being Intentional with Treatment of Kids

Shane Jacobs has arguably the most unique title in education: Principal/Head Football Coach. Given his unparalleled success on the field, Peabody High School (Trenton, TN) decided to promote Coach Jacobs first to AP, and most...

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Oct. 12, 2021

Talking Coaching & AAU w/Chicago Basketball Legend Tom Kleinschmidt

This is episode 10 of the "I" in Win, and our guest is a Chicago basketball legend, Tom Kleinschmidt, who following an All-American playing career traded in his gym shoes for a whistle. Coach Kleinschmidt is now head basketb...

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Oct. 5, 2021

How I Went From HS QB to NFL LB

#9. Interesting conversation is currently being had regarding Mario Cristobal’s, Oregon’s football coach, reaction to one of his players receiving a penalty for showboating following a great catch. Some say justified while ot...

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Sept. 28, 2021

How 25 Years in Professional Sports Management Led to Minor League Ow…

Today’s show features major league sports mogul, Shawn Hunter, who has over 25 years experience in nearly all aspects of sports at the highest levels. Shawn’s success in sports management is rooted in his belief that people a...

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Sept. 21, 2021

2 Olympic Medals Later & I Remember How People Made Me Feel

On today’s episode we welcome 2x Olympic Medalist, Katherine Adamek, who won a silver & bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. After numerous injuries & surgeries, Katherine retired from Short Track Speedskating & ...

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Sept. 14, 2021

Leadership Focusing on the Recipe of People Plus Culture = Results

This episode takes a slightly different angle and that is hearing from a student-athlete who was significantly impacted by his teachers and coaches in high school, college, and even all the way up into the NFL. Dan Santucci w...

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Sept. 7, 2021

Keeping Kids as his Mission, Coach JT Curtis Has Earned 600 Victories

“It’s easy, confusing record with legacy. Record is what we’ve done; legacy is what it meant." In the first ever episode of The “I” in Win, one of the most iconic figures in LA HS history, J.T. Curtis, shares how …

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Sept. 7, 2021

Allow Kids to be Comfortable with Who They Are

Cathyann Smith has enjoyed a 26-year career in education, all at James B. Conant High School located in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In the classroom, Cathyann has been teaching a wide range of classes from Advanced Plac...

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Sept. 7, 2021

Kids Need to Know You Care Before Anything Else

This is a podcast showcasing leaders who make a difference in people’s lives, and Todd Kuska has been doing just that for 26 years at St. Rita HS on the south side of Chicago. A science teacher, athletic director, & …

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