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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 68, I had the pleasure of speaking with Women's Assistant Basketball Coach John Leonzo of Cedarville University.

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Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • Growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • when he wanted to be a basketball coach
  • how he started as a college student volunteer, became a basketball trainer & travel coach, and then returned to his alma mater
  • what does being an Assistant Coach in Division II entail
  • philosophy of recruiting student-athletes to Cedarville University
  • does he like to coach offense or defense more
  • how he processes information and puts into his system
  • the value of small-sided games and putting decisions in 1 on 0 skill development sessions
  • how to create decisions in 1 on 0 settings
  • read, plan, doing
  • Block practice vs. Random practice
  • the value of asking questions and 1-2 word cues vs. direction
  • ball screen play
  • offensive and defensive strategies

 

 

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Direct download: Leonzo_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

For episode 47 of The Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the great pleasure to interview Dan Robinette, Sales Manager for Umbra Sunglasses and an aspiring chemistry teacher.

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During our conversation, here were some of the topics we discussed:

  • Growing up in Dayton, Ohio and how he developed a fondness for the outdoors
  • the influential people who shaped his life
  • how he came to grow in his religious faith
  • why he is drawn to being outside facing the "challenge" of nature
  • what he got out of his time at Miami University
  • the story of how he met his wife in 2009
  • his occupations post-Miami and decision to visit Turkey
  • how his work in Turkey connected him to his current role with Umbra Sunglasses via Marvin Wilson
  • what makes the Umbra product so unique, including the name itself
  • his alternative pathway Ohio offers to becoming a teacher
  • His legacy challenge:  Raise his children to have a greater impact on the world than he has had
  • how to contact Umbra Sunglasses
Direct download: Dan_Robinette.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

In this episode, I am privileged to talk with Dr. Jim Burson for the third time.  Here is the link to the two previous interviews.

Dr. Burson is the Owner of Solution-Based Basketball, Author of The Golden Whistle & The Daily Nugget, retired collegiate basketball coach, and consultant to Nike Basketball and 94Fifty.

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 Here were some highlights from our discussion:

 

Direct download: Jim_Burson_interview_3.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

Back from our summer break....thank you to tuning into Episode 33. I had the pleasure of Sheila Fox.  I sought out the interview because of her role as the Executive Director of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.  During the interview, I also learned that Sheila owns a successful event planning business called Event In Site.  

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Here were some of the topics we discussed:

Direct download: OHBBALLHOF.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 6:36am EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_Interview_Part_3.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_part_2.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_Part_1.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

In this episode, I am privileged to conduct a second interview with Dr. Jim Burson.  Click here to hear the previous interview with Dr. Burson.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

In our first interview, we shared Dr. Burson's incredible journey and discussed his recently published an extraordinary book The Golden Whistle:  Going Beyond:  The Journey To Coaching Success.  His career included teaching academic classes, playing and coaching a variety of sports at the collegiate level, assisting fellow Ohioan Bob Knight with the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, being featured in Sports Illustrated as the "Great Disseminator" of the famed Princeton Offense, serving as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and serving as a consultant and business owner continuing to serve the game. 

Dr. Burson has a book coming out soon called "Daily Nuggets", which is a way readers can engage the ten golden nuggets on a daily basis.  Dr. Burson talked about how The Golden Whistle has increased his connections and opportunities to speak and coach.

We went into extensive detail about how important it is to be a continuous learner and some strategies on how to apply what a reader learns.


In this interview, I had the pleasure of talking with Larry Huggins, the owner of Eastern Ohio Sports complex and a partner with Three Leaf Productions.

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The Huggins family is well-known in Ohio for excellence in basketball.  Larry's father Charlie Huggins is a legendary Ohio high school Hall of Fame coach.  Brother Bob Huggins is the current head coach at West Virginia University with an incredible record as a college basketball coach after playing at Ohio University and West Virginia.  Brother Harry played at Rice University, and Larry excelled on the court for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

During Charlie Huggins' coaching career, he developed the Eastern Ohio Sports Complex in Sherrodsville, Ohio with reknowned Pennsylvania high school basketball coach Ed McKluskey.  In 2000, Larry bought this business from his father and talks about the history and development of the complex.

Larry Huggins has had remarkable success as a person, family man, athlete, and businessman.

During this interview, Larry will talk about these highlights:

    • core values of hard work, compassion, being humble
    • his daily routine
    • understanding that our purpose is to serve God and others
    • 3 keys to business success
    • playing for his father in high school and at The Ohio State University
    • "The Ritual" that his father used in practice every day
    • the importance of trying to be the best
    • some of the keys to brother Bob Huggins' coaching success

Larry Huggins can be connected with in the following ways:

For interested basketball fans/coaches:

Bob Huggins has shared his basketball knowledge in a wide variety of books and DVD's.  I can share from experience that these materials are very well-done and help any basketball coach improve their teaching of the game.  Here is a list of some of the materials he 

has authored:

Bob Huggins autobiography

Bob Huggins Open Post Motion Offense book

Bob Huggins Open Post Motion Offense DVD

Bob Huggins Zone Offense book

Bob Huggins Man-to-Man Defense book

Bob Huggins Match-Up Zone Defense book

Bob Huggins Match-Up Press Defense book

Bob Huggins Press Breakers book

Bob Huggins Special Situations book

Bob Huggins Set Plays to Score book

Bob Huggins Fast Break and Secondary Offense book

 

Direct download: larry_huggins_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Show notes from Episode 5-Interview with John Joseph, owner of the Shoot-A-Way



This show brings the audience great things Ohioians are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

 

 

 

Dr. Jim Burson show notes

 

Direct download: Outstanding_Ohioians_Episode_2.mp3
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