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Athlete Spotlight: Nick Yustin Nick Yustin will be heading off to Boston College in the fall. There, he will meet new people, navigate a new city and culture, and wrestle with advanced academics. He takes this next step with confidence. As an athlete at Saint Viator High School, he built skills which have prepared him…

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2020 Promising Practices in Character Development Announced

June 1, Washington, DC Character.org has certified 246 Promising Practices in schools and organizations across the country that foster character development in our children and teens. The Good Athlete Project’s Character by Design workshop was one of them. Jim Davis, Director of the Good Athlete Project, acknowledged that “although we do not do our work…

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Advice to a Senior Athlete in Quarantine

There is one universal truth experienced by every athlete: one day, their career will be over. They might not enjoy their experience. They might never win a game. Life lessons are certainly not assured. The only guarantee is that their careers, as surely as they begin, will one day end. Athletes usually know when the…

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Return-to-Training Opportunities

Slowly but surely, coaches are returning to training alongside their athletes. Zoom meetings and Google hangouts have helped bridge the gap, but there’s nothing quite like being together with your team, sharing time and space with your athletes, and working alongside one another toward a common purpose. In many states, by mid/late June, we will…

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Maximizing Potential through Strength Training with Jason Pullara

By Jen Foust Potential is defined as “a quality or ability that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.” In a strength and conditioning setting, the lessons taught in a weightroom can have a direct and lasting impact on an athlete. It might be the perfect place to maximize potential. It is…

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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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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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Laughter and the Dragon: The Reinvention of Chris Duffin

East of Humboldt County, in the Trinity Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Chris Duffin heated river water in a jug to bathe. He was a child then and, in his own words, “a different level of poor.” His story goes beyond poverty. During Chris’ developmental years he was exposed to crime, drug abuse, and murder.…

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