Athlete Minded: Stories

This podcast consists of the real stories from athletes about the toll athletics takes on the mind and body. We discuss the mental and emotional struggle athletes face, and what we can do about it.
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Mar 6, 2018

Today, we talk to Ian Warner.  Ian ran track at Iowa State, was on Team USA during the 2012 Olympics, and now has his own startup entitled Kho Labs, which helps athletes connect with other athletes and physical therapists in their area.

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Feb 22, 2018

Today, we talk to former professional water-skier in South America, Camilo Andrade.  Camilo discusses his training, career, and eventual career transition to what he is doing now, marketing in the running division at Nike in North America.


Dec 19, 2017

Rick Barrett, founder of Gym Rats basketball in south jersey, has helped young basketball players get scholarships for the past 30 years.

He also played in college and professionally in Argentina.

Sep 13, 2017

All the way from Louisiana, Dana Blair decided she wanted to be a ballerina, and then move to New York City.

She did both.  

After moving to New York City and briefly dancing professionally, she got her MBA, and is now in marketing.  She worked as a media personality for Essence magazine, and is now working freelance in marketing and media.

Check out her websites at and

Aug 29, 2017

Today's episode is special, because I talk to my former roommate and teammate from the University of Maine, Phil Bofia.  Phil and I went through a lot together in our first two seasons of college, and he was a great roommate and teammate.

He now lives in Maine, and is helping to develop his community.

Jun 28, 2017

Today is a really special episode because we talk to Troy Barnies. Troy is a Mainer through and through. He was the Mr. Basketball for the state of Maine in high school, which is the top men's basketball player in the state, went to the university of maine for 4 years, where he became an all-conference player in his senior season, and who has now been playing professionally overseas for the past six seasons.

His story and journey is really inspiring, as you will hear.

Jun 5, 2017

Today we talk to Dr. Seth Hickerson, founder of Boost mental training. Dr. Hickerson was in the navy and Air force prior to this, where he learned a lot about mental toughness and leadership, and now helps athlete with the mental part of their lives and careers.

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May 31, 2017

Today we talk to former NBA basketball player Adonal Foyle. This conversation is really interesting because we talked about one of the biggest issues facing athletes, and that's what they will do once their careers are over.

Adonal helps athletes with this, and also has a number of different ventures and books.

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May 23, 2017

Today, we talk to former collegiate gymnast Jean Alban. Jean was a high-level gymnast, had a baby during her sophomore year in college, and then returned to competition by her senior year.

A really interesting story, and she was a great podcast guest. She is now working in marketing post-career.

May 9, 2017

Today's episode is really interesting, because we talk to former NFL player Marques Ogden.  Marques also started his own construction company, but after a few years, he went bankrupt, and ended up being one of the statistics that he never wanted to be.  However, he's now a motivational speaker and helps athletes and non-athletes find their way in life and how to deal with setbacks.  

Check him out at

May 2, 2017

Today we talk to Dr. Brett Wingeier, who's the co-founder and CTO of Halo Neuroscience.

Halo helps athletes perform better which a special set of headphones that helps create stronger and more synchronous neuro-muscular connections in the brain, which, in turn, helps increase performance in sports, or any other endeaver.

Check them out at

Apr 17, 2017

Today we talk to cait mccann, who played softball growing up in california, then played Division 2 at Pace University.  

Apr 11, 2017

Today we talk to Joe Crispin, who was one of my idols growing up, who played in the NBA for about a year, then played about 9 seasons overseas. An awesome episode, and he's now the head coach at rowan university.

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Mar 21, 2017

Today, we talk to Breeja Larson, an Olympic gold medal swimmer who won her gold during the 2012 400 meter relay in swimming.  At the time, she had her pick of sponsors.

However, she didn't make the 2016 Olympic swimming team, and, as she says, the media people tried not to look at her when they passed by each other.  The reason for this is that she wasn't the "flavor of the day".  

Really awesome episode, and you can follow her on Twitter with @BreejaLarson

Mar 15, 2017

We spoke to Michelle Carter before the Rio Olympics about her journey into shot put, and alas, she won a gold medal!

We talk about her winning the medal, and what she has in store for the coming years.  Tokyo 2020!

Check her website at

Mar 7, 2017

Today we speak with former collegiate swimmer and co-founder of Dreamfuel, Emily White.  Dreamfuel is a platform that helps athletes raise money for competition or events they may have upcoming in the future.

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Feb 21, 2017

Today's episode is awesome because we talk to my former teammate growing up playing basketball, Steve Castleberry.

Steve played Division 1 basketball, played for the Philadelphia 76ers for a few games, and then played overseas for about 5 years.

He's now a real estate agent in Florida, and his story is really inspiring.

Feb 14, 2017

In the 3rd part of our USA Handball series, we speak with Ford Dyke who is on the USA men's handball team and who also studies at Auburn University.  

This episode is cool because he was an extreme sports athlete growing up, grew into basketball, and now excels in handball.

Feb 7, 2017

In the 2nd part of our handball series, we talk to Jence Rhoads, who was an all-american basketball player in college, and who even played professionally overseas for a few years before picking up handball.  She has a really cool story, and it's great to see her transition her basketball skills to a new sport.

Jan 31, 2017

Today we talk to a USA handball athlete Sarah Gascon. Sarah's story is awesome because she was a softball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball player growing up, and now she combines all those sports into one by playing handball.

Follow her on twitter with @sj4usa.

Jan 24, 2017

Today is special because we get to talk to an olympian who was down in Rio who fought in Taekwondo, Stephen Lambdin. this is his follow up episode, and he talks about the training down in Brazil, his competition, and meeting President Obama when he got back to the states.

Follow him on facebook at stephen lambdin, or twitter with @stephenlambdin.

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