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  • Episode 135 – Dr. Lauren Casella: Resilience and Faith

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    Goodathleteproject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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

    GoodAthleteProject.com 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 […]

  • Episode 121 – CJ White: Jackson State Strong

    GoodAthleteProject.com For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Coach CJ White, Director of Strength and Conditioning and Head Football Strength Coach for Jackson State University. Prior to his time at JSU, Coach White had roles on the strength and conditioning staff at Arkansas State, SMU, and his alma mater, Mary-Hardin Baylor. While at Mary-Hardin Baylor, […]

  • Episode 120 – Jason Hardrath: Journey to 100 FKTs

    GoodAthleteProject.com For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Jason Hardrath, Endurance athlete and elementary school teacher. Jason currently holds more FKTs (otherwise known as Fastest Known Times) than any other athlete in the world with 97 and ultimately aims to be the first athlete in the world with 100 FKTs. He previously competed in Cross-Country […]

  • Episode 119 – Jim and Alex: This Is Water and Sticking to the Process

    GoodAthleteProject.com For today’s episode Jim and Alex start by discussing a passage from the book “This Is Water”’ by David Foster Wallace. They talk about what the book and passage mean to them and how the messaging from it can apply to daily life. Then, they move on to discussing how to go about building […]

  • Episode 118 – Jen Foust: Strength Equity at March Madness

    GoodAthleteProject.com For today’s episode Jim is joined by Jen Foust, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach currently working at the University of Arkansas with both Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country. In addition, she is co-owner of PWRx (power x) performance, a consulting company bringing quality programming and structure to Jr. high and high school […]

  • Episode 117 – Mike Jennings: Athlos Education

    GoodAthleteProject.com For today’s episode Jim is joined by Mike Jennings, Director of Physical Education and Character Development at Athlos, an educational service provider. In his role as Director, Mike provides virtual and on-site professional development and support for physical educators: in all thing’s movement, fitness, physical activity, and coaching. He is also a regular presenter […]

  • Episode 116 – Jim Davis & Rijad Pekmez: The Culture Code Pt. 1

    Goodathleteproject.com For today’s episode Jim is joined by another key member of The Good Athlete Project, Rijad Pekmez. In this first of what will be a 2-part podcast, they discuss what Rijad took away from his reading of the book “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle. They also dive […]





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