Archive for June 2012

High School: Becoming a True Champion Endorsee NY Giants Punter Steve Weatherford KNOWS Training!!!

What a pleasure it was to see the highlight of Steve on pop up on my Facebook timeline. As you will hear, the commentator from Fox states Weatherford “is one of the best conditioned athletes, not just in the NFL, but really all of sports.” I would agree. Here take a look: Giants punter... Read more »

Sports: Kirk Mango and Becoming a True Champion on The Sports Doctor Radio Show (WDCB, 90.9 FM) This Thursday!!!

Dr. Robert Weil, host of The Sports Doctor radio show on WDCB, 90.9 FM, has again invited me to his show to speak about my recently released book Becoming a True Champion:  Achieving Athletic Excellence From the Inside Out (Rowman & Littlefield, May, 2012). The show will air Thursday, 6/28/2012, at 6:30 p.m. We will... Read more »

High School: “Commentary: High school sports need re-examination” a little off base

An interesting article by Mike Nichols, at (Commentary: High school sports need re-examination) came across my desk recently causing a deep pause in thought. Traditionally, I don’t comment on commentaries, as I usually write them, however, in this case I had to make an exception. In that linked article above, there are statements made... Read more »

Olympics: Sportsmanship, Olympic Spirit, True Champion, No Better Example Than This!!!

I was contacted recently by the producer of a show called Why We Watch on the very popular sports website Bleacher Report (a place I also frequent and post articles) to see if I had interest in what they produce. Aimee Denaro, the producer of the show, thought it might fit well with many of... Read more »

High School: An Athlete Sets Inspirational Tone For ALL Who Play Sports

We so often hear of the negative side of sports and youth sports that it has become difficult to filter out all the media coverage of improper, unethical, and/or poor character-driven behavior coming from our sports world. Whether from the fallout of Ryan Braun’s successful appeal, the USADA bringing charges against Lance Armstrong, the ongoing... Read more »

Sports: PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) “Recommends Reading” Becoming a True Champion

Back in April of this year I posted the release of a new sports book for athletes, parents and coaches. The title…Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence from the Inside Out. In that post I explained the purpose of the book, what it addresses, and how it was developed. Recently, Positive Coaching Alliance, a... Read more »


Coaches often look at parents as a potential problem in a program – and they can be if you let them, but they can also be your biggest resource. When you communicate and can get them on your side, there is no stopping the places you can go. Laying out expectations early on and getting... Read more »

Sports: Dominique Moceanu Tells ALL on ABC’s 20/20 with John Quinones

I had received notification on Facebook about Dominique Moceanu’s interview on ABC’s 20/20 through timeline updates (don’t get excited, I am only 1 of 4883 friends Dominique has). Being a former gymnast, coach, and parent of athletes, I was pretty interested in what she had to say as the buildup of her unveiling a family... Read more »

Boxing: My Take on the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley Fight

It’s not too often I get a chance to sit down with friends, you know boys’ night out, and watch a well-publicized sporting event. Now I don’t follow boxing much anymore (even though my brother is the strike coach for Team Curran out of Crystal Lake and is well entrenched in the MMA scene) but... Read more »

High School: Ohio State Champ Comes to Aid of Fellow Runner Yet Some Belittle Act

At first, I debated on whether to write a piece on Meghan Vogel’s act of character where she took it upon herself to help an exhausted runner, one near collapse, finish in the 3200 meter Ohio state meet race. She actually put the girl’s arm around her shoulders, supporting her weight, and nearly dragged her... Read more »