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Beyond Strength: Cultivating Joy

  • Episode 141- Becky Moran: Value Driven Leadership For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Becky Moran. Becky Moran, CMAA is the Athletic Director at Round Lake High School. She has served in this capacity for 3 years and has worked in interscholastic athletic administration for 19 years at various high schools in the Chicagoland area. She has coached soccer and volleyball […]

  • Episode 140- Caroline Williams: Everybody, Move! For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Caroline Williams, the author of Move!: The New Science of Body Over Mind. Caroline is a UK-based science writer with over 20 years’ experience in magazine and radio journalism. She regularly writes for New Scientist Magazine and is also a feature editor working on neuroscience, health, and […]

  • Episode 139- Abby Seitz: Marine Corps Culture and Beyond For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Abby Seitz, an active-duty Marine. Abby is originally from the Midwest and grew up playing high school sports. With a love for fitness, language, and travel, she found military service to be a natural fit. She’s been an active-duty Marine for ten years and lives in Southern […]

  • Episode 138- High School Powerlifting Preview For today’s episode, Jim and Joe discuss the early years of the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association (IHSPLA) while sharing their own experiences as a Youth Athlete in a quickly growing sport. Follow the IHSPLA on Instagram and Twitter: @IHSPLA or visit them at the website: Follow The Good Athlete Project on Instagram: […]

  • Episode 137- Dr. Matt Wiest: Forever Athlete For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Dr. Matt Wiest, a chiropractor and the owner of The Center of Movement which has multiple locations throughout Minnesota. Matt grew up in Enchant, Alberta, Canada, a small farming community just east of the Rocky Mountains. After high school, Matt spent three years in Vancouver playing junior […]

  • Episode 136- Eric McMahon: Coaching is Teaching For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Eric McMahon, the Coaching and Sport Science Program Manager at the NSCA Headquarters in Colorado Springs. He joined the NSCA Staff in 2020 with over 15-years of coaching experience, including roles with the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the MLB Europe Programs. From 2009-19, McMahon was a […]

  • Episode 135 – Dr. Lauren Casella: Resilience and Faith For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Dr. Lauren Casella, Academic Program Director for the Catholic School Leadership Academy and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Before entering higher education, Dr. Casella served Catholic elementary schools within the Chicago Archdiocese […]

  • Episode 134 – Dr. Tim Dohrer: Lead With Kindness For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Dr. Timothy Dohrer, director of the Master of Science in Education program at Northwestern University. He is the former principal of New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Dohrer has taught middle school, high school and college students […]

  • Episode 133 – Molly Gosline: Getting Serious About SEL For Today’s episode, Jim is joined by Molly Gosline, Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. In her role at Stevenson, she works within the professional learning community to build an SEL culture. She is the Executive Director of SEL4IL and the founder of SEL School Consulting. […]

  • Episode 132 – Dr. Robert Higgins: The Heart of Leadership For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Dr. Robert Higgins, Director of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Higgins is the leading authority in heart and lung transplantation, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and mechanical circulatory support. His scientific interests include the mechanisms of cell injury in failing […]

  • Episode 131 – Dan Calandro: NCAA Insider For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Dan Calandro, Chief Principal Advisor at RefQuest+. Dan has over 35 years of experience in sports at the collegiate level. He worked at the NCAA National Office in a multitude of different departments, including Enforcement, Championships, Governance and Membership Affairs. His last role with the NCAA was […]

  • Episode 130 – Jason Pullara: Building Boilermakers For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Director of Strength & Conditioning at Purdue University, Jason Pullara. Coach Pullara returned to the Boilermakers from Northwestern, where he worked for 18 years. Coach Pullara served as the sports performance coach for the Northwestern women’s lacrosse program during all seven of its NCAA championships from 2005 […]

  • Episode 129 – Lewis Caralla: Georgia Tech Strength For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Lewis Caralla, Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach at Georgia Tech. Coach Caralla has 13 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. He has previously served as the head strength and conditioning coach for three different NCAA Division I FBS programs and is in his […]

  • Episode 128 – Jim, Alex, and Rijad: Why High School Strength and Conditioning Matters For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Alex and Rijad to talk about their experiences in high school strength and conditioning both as athletes and as coaches. Additionally, they discuss the Good Athlete Project’s new initiative to bring high quality strength & conditioning to more high schools across the nation. To learn more about […]

  • Episode 127 – Matt Castero: The Movement System For today’s episode Jim is joined by strength coach, physical therapist, and Founder of The Movement System, Matt Castero. The Movement System is an educational platform with the mission to “Make The World Stronger”. Matt received his bachelor’s and his doctorate of physical therapy from Ohio State University and has worked in high school […]

  • Episode 126 – 2021 IHSPLA State Meet Recap with Jim, Rijad Pekmez, and John Beerbower For today’s episode, Jim and Rijad debrief the 2021 IHSPLA State Championship Meet. Then, Jim is joined by John Beerbower, Assistant Divisional Chair and Director of Strength & Conditioning at McHenry High School, to talk about his experience as a member and coach in the IHSPLA. Follow the IHSPLA on Instagram and Twitter: @IHSPLA […]

  • Episode 125 – Caroline Williams: Move! The New Science of Body Over Mind For today’s episode, Jim sits down with science journalist, editor, and author, Caroline Williams. A consultant for and regular contributor to New Scientist, her written work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, BBC Future, and BBC Earth, among others. She has worked as a radio producer and reporter for BBC Radio, […]

  • Episode 124 – Jim and the Crew: 2021 IHSPLA State Championship For today’s episode, Jim is joined key members of the Good Athlete Project family – Rijad Pekmez, Rob Miner, and Matt Klem. They discuss the upcoming 2021 IHSPLA State Championship happening on May 29th, as well as their own experiences competing and coaching in the sport of powerlifting. Learn more about the IHSPLA at […]

  • Episode 123 – Matt Johnson: Chicago Bulls Strength Coach For today’s episode Jim is joined by Matt Johnson, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Bulls. Coach Johnson has been with the Bulls organization since 2012, starting as a Strength and Conditioning Intern. He was promoted to Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2013 and served in that role for 3 years […]

  • Episode 122 – Michelle Di Benedetto: Infant Welfare Society of Chicago For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Michelle Di Benedetto, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. Michelle leads the department responsible for fund development, communications, marketing, outreach and community relations. Before coming to IWS, she was the Programs and Development Director for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, where […]

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