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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Jul 30, 2016

Remember, we have the Olympic series coming up with some amazing guests, so we will be focusing on that for these Olympic games in Rio.

Now, for Part 11 of my book hoop dreams fulfilled, I go into what my freshman season playing Division 1 basketball was like, the road trips we went on, and how I barely was able to balance school and practices.

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Jul 27, 2016

Today's guest is Brandon Hudgins, who is a runner who just missed qualifying for the Olympic by a few seconds. We discuss that, and the pain he felt, second-guessing himself and wondering if there is more he could have done.

He also has vasculitis, which is a disease that made him quit running for over a year at one point. It's an amazing podcast, one that goes into the business and the mental toll of the sport of running.

You can find Brandon on Twitter at @bhudgnasty and if you want to help him out just go to

Jul 25, 2016

Today, we talk to Kally Fayhee, who was a Divison 1 swimmer at the University of Michigan, and who helped to co-found Michigan's Athletes Connected program, which helps athletes through the mental side of sports.

We talk about some really cool stuff, like when people asked her, "Why aren't you in the Olympics yet?" and the constant pressure she put on herself.

Check out Athletes Connected at

Jul 22, 2016

Today, part 10 of my book Hoop Dreams Fulfilled, I go deep into what a day in the life of a division 1 basketball player is like. Hint, a lot of training.

For more, just go to to get your copy of the audiobook, kindle, or paperback.

Jul 20, 2016

Today's episode we talk to Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman. Why do they call him the Spaniard? Because he was a school teacher who taught Spanish.

And what did he do after that? He fought in probably the toughest organization in the world, the UFC, and became at one point the #7 fighter in the world for his weight class. He also talks about his wrestling career growing up, and how he transitioned that to the UFC, and how now he has to transition again to life after fighting.

I actually read Charlie's autobiography before this episode, so I had a ton of questions for him going in. It's really cool how our lives were pretty similar, just in different sports and different directions.

To get a copy of his book and for more about Charlie, just go to

Jul 18, 2016

Today's episode is powerful, especially with all the division that's going on in the world today. Our guest is Hudson Taylor, who was a 3-time All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland.

But it's not his athletic accomplishments which make it so powerful, it's what he is doing now. He is an advocate for LGBT rights in and out of the athletic arena. When I asked him why he takes what he does to such a level, he has an amazing response, how it's not just about this generation, but the next. He mentions that people will look back decades from now and ask, "Why didn't they do anything?"

He also has some great direct action steps for people who may be unsure about how to approach somebody using homophobic or derogatory slurs.

Overall, an amazing episode, and you can find more about Hudson at

Jul 16, 2016

In part 9 of my self-published book hoop dreams fulfilled, I take you deep into the world of Division 1 athletics. I don't think people realize what it's like, and all the little stuff you have to be prepared for along the way. At the time my parents were getting divorced and my coach told me I wouldn't play at all that year, so it hurt pretty bad.

But I had no choice but to just keep showing up, battling, and putting the work in.

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Jul 12, 2016

Co-Founder of Locker Room Talk Keirsten Sires discusses her athletic career and entrepreneurial journey.  Keirsten played tennis and soccer in college at Skidmore, and started a project in her entrepreneurship class called Locker Room Talk.

It was an idea, but now it's a reality with over 4,000 reviews of college coaches all across America.  Her goal isn't to bash college coaches, but just the opposite, to make sure every young athlete is completely informed about their collegiate decision.

It's a great website and I can't wait to see what this turns into.  

For more, just go to their website at

Jul 8, 2016

In today's edition of Audiobook Friday, I discuss my first experiences playing Division 1 basketball at the University of Maine. You may have heard me refer to this in other podcasts, so now I'm going to take you deep into that world. It's an understatement to say for my first few months, I was definitely unprepared.

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Jul 6, 2016

Today's episode we talk to Bryan Smothers, who I also grew up battling with in high school playing basketball, and who has an interesting journey. He went to the University of Tennessee for a few months for college, but his grades weren't sufficient to continue. He bounced around to schools until he finally landed in Sacramento, California where he now runs a healthy food company called Hum Fresh.

It's really cool talking to him and seeing our journeys, knowing that at one point we had the exact same vision, and the exact same goal, to make the NBA. But obviously, we can't all make it, and we have to do other things, but we still have that drive and mindset that we are channeling into different avenues.

Show notes can be found at, and if you want to check out what Bryan does, just go to

Jul 1, 2016

In part 7 of my self-published book hoop dreams fulfilled, I previously talked about my high school career, and the final game I played. This part goes into what happened off the court once the season was finished, and the confrontation I had with my head coach.

For more, just go to where you can get the paperback, kindle, and audio version.