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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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.

Check him out at

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.

Check them out at

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.

Dec 20, 2016

Today we talk to a sports psychologist and mental coach for NBA athletes, Graham Betchart.  

Graham has been coaching athletes on the mental side for years, having worked with top NBA draft picks and with George Mumford, who helped train Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on the mental side back in the day.

Dec 13, 2016

Today we talk to Martin Braxton, who grew up playing basketball in new york city and who has been a referee for over 25 years.  

This episode was really cool because we see the other side of basketball, not from the player, but from the official who has to deal with fans, coaches, players, and who don't get much recognition at all.

Nov 23, 2016

Welcome back to the athlete minded: stories podcast. 

For today's episode, we step outside of the US and talk to Olympic Wrestler for Canada, Korey Jarvis. We spoke to him before Rio, and he talk to us this time about what it was like down in Rio from his personal experience. The media kept portraying it as this place that wasn't finished, but he said he had a great time.

Get in touch with him on facebook at Korey Jarvis, and on instagram at Korey.jarvis.

Nov 15, 2016

Alvin Pearman, Former NFL Player and Current Doctoral Student at Vanderbilt joins us to discuss his NFL career and what he is doing now.

Alvin's research focuses on urban schooling, social inequality, and neighborhood effects. His current research on education examines the impact of city-wide income inequality on schooling outcomes, the influence of neighborhood gentrification on disciplinary patterns in schools, and the role of neighborhood environments in shaping the efficacy of preschool interventions. Other projects examine the effects of neighborhood poverty on the mathematical trajectories of Black children, as well as descriptive analyses of the social and economic contexts in which urban schools are located nationwide.

Overall this was an amazing interview, and I hope we can discuss in more detail in the future.

Nov 8, 2016

Cubs Win! Cubs are World Series Champions for the first time since 1908!

I was outside of Wrigley Field for the Cubs win in game 5 of the world series this year, and was shocked when they finally won in game 7 in the 10th inning by one run.

Absolutely amazing.

So this episode is for the Cubs, and JDH.

Oct 21, 2016

In this episode of Audiobook Friday, I talk about my life during my sophomore year of college when I was playing Division 1 basketball.

A tough time, but it made me realize where I was, and I learned a lot about myself.

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Oct 11, 2016

For today's episode, I talk to my main man Bobbito Garcia. When I was growing up, I watched videos of Bobbito with the And1 mixtapes, the Nike commercials, and even "Bobbito's basics to boogie" that they promoted on NBA.comTV. When I came to new york, Dime magazine hooked me up with him, and I have been attending his open runs in new york city ever since he invited me to the first one.

I can't name all his accomplishments and all he's done because it's so much, but this episode will be focused on his new york city streetball tournament called full court 21. It's a type of game where it's every man or woman for themselves. If you score a basket you get 2 points, then you have a chance to hit 3 shots from the top of the key for free, with the game to 21. there are a lot of other rules, so if you want to learn more about it just to go

Also bobbito just turned 50, so bobbito, happy birthday man, you rock.


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.

Jun 30, 2016

Today's episode really dives deep in to the world of women's athletics with former lacrosse player Kaitlin Pericak. She dealt with bullying from coaches and eating struggles, but now she's doing something about it, striving to get her PhD and helping athletes who may be dealing with the emotional toll of sports.

She talks openly about her eating struggles and the pressure she felt from her coaches with her body weight.  It's really great work she's doing now, and I'm glad she opened up about her story.

Jun 27, 2016

Hall of Fame Surfer and Current Surf Instructor Nancy Emerson tells her story about growing up near the ocean and falling in love with it.

She was on the forefront of women's surfing in the world, and because of that was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Hawaii.  We discuss what to do when you get crunched by a big wave, the appeal of "big wave" surfing, and why you should always know how to swim before you even try to surf.

She now runs camps and instruction in Hawaii for surfers.  Her website is

Jun 4, 2016

In Part 3 of my book Hoop Dreams Fulfilled, I discuss my early journey into high school basketball and the huge difference from where I lived in Atco, New Jersey.

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