Memorial Day: Sports and War

It’s Memorial Day. Coaches everywhere will hang a flag, spend time with family, and raise a glass to remember those who have paid the ultimate price to defend our country. On a day like today, it is easy to be grateful. It is safe to assume that coaches and mentors everywhere would agree that those…

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Mentorship and Action Sports

by Eric Torres There was a time, not that long ago, when skateboarding was reported to have been more popular than baseball among kids in the US.  While those of us watching action sports industries know that the fervor of the early to mid 2000s (call it the Tony Hawk era) has passed, action sports…

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MOVE through Quarantine

John Ratey changed public understanding of sports and movement. In his bestselling book SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, he identifies that exercise is not only a tool for fitness, but a primary lever in our cognitive capacities. Exercise can spark creativity and increase mood, focus, and wakefulness. Movement matters. In…

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Actions Speak Louder Than Coaches

By Jodi Marver Since being named the head varsity girls basketball coach at Willows Academy, I have been able to witness a lot from the bench. What I have been able to see is a very successful group of ladies both on and off the court. Even though it was my second season as a…

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Overlooked Upshots of Playing NCAA DIII Athletics

By Christopher “Tex” McQuilken On any given Power Athlete Radio podcast, you’ll hear the phrase “Division III All-star” thrown around. Initially a half-joking term of endearment, it has since evolved as a means of highlighting my athletic “accomplishments” as I sit beside a 10 year NFL veteran, discussing performance with gold-medalists, professional athletes, and world…

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The Curious Tale of Benjamin Bartch

With the 116th pick of the 2020 NFL draft, St. John’s tackle Ben Bartch became the first Division III player taken in five years. Statistically, it was one of the day’s most unlikely moments. More than one million high school football players put on the pads each fall. In a given year, approximately 7.3% of…

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Now is the Time to Rebuild Youth Sports

by Nate Baldwin Just over 4 weeks ago, the NBA abruptly suspended its season after Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert unexpectedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  With that one dramatic action, COVID-19 seemed to take over our collective North American consciousness.  All pillars of American life followed suit in the days that followed…all major…

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Priority One: Love What You Do

When Melissa Brody took over as freshman field hockey coach at New Trier High School, her boss, Randy Oberembt, gave her a clear outcome to strive for: make sure they love what they do. Brody coached Field Hockey for eight years. During that time, she showed hundreds of young athletes how fun it could be…

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Tom Sroka: Giving Back to the Barbell

In the newest episode of “Coffee with a Coach,” Jim sat down with Tom Sroka. Tom is an elite athlete, competing at a world-class level in the Olympic weightlifting, Highland Games, and pretty much anything that requires strength and power. Tom owns and operates The Strength Agenda, a gym located in Villa Park, IL that…

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Addressing the Elephant on Deck: How tracking sleep can lead to a culture of improvement

By Jim Davis and Mac Guy (this article was originally published in the NISCA Journal, 2019) The Obvious Truth How many pizzas did Michael Phelps eat during heavy training days? What starting stance does Caleb Dressel use? What sort of music does Katie Ledecky listen to in the locker room? We are all looking for…

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