"Implementing The Go-Go" features a conversation with William and Mary Football's Offensive Coordinator, Brennan Marion. A repeat guest (TBL 004: The Struggle is Real), Coach Marion discusses one of the greatest challenges all leaders face: implementation. Only 31 years old, Coach Marion has installed his popular offense, "The Go-Go" at handfuls of different football programs at the high school and college levels. According to Coach Marion, winning the players' hearts is the priority before the X's & O's are even discussed. More information on The Go-Go Offense can be read in Coach Marion's new book, with the Foreword written by one of his mentors Coach Gus Malzahn - the current head coach at Auburn University.
"Leadership, Service, Growth" is the three-legged stool according to Dr. Chris Howard, current President of Robert Morris University. Dr. Howard was a Texas high school football state champion, an Academic All-American running back at the Air Force Academy, served in the Air Force, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, has an MBA from Harvard, has been a VP at the University of Oklahoma, the President at Hampden-Sydney College, and is currently on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Listen in to hear some remarkable stories of leadership, service, and growth.
"Straight Shootin'" features a conversation with Blanda Wolfe, UVA Football's High School Relations Director. Coach Wolfe has been with UVA since 2011 and before that at the University of Richmond where the Spiders won the National Championship in 2008. All three of the recruiting classes he assisted with at Richmond were ranked in the Top 5 nationally for FCS schools. Coach Wolfe’s early years as a coach were spent at Varina High School from the mid-90s through the mid-2000s. During his time as the team’s offensive coordinator, Varina won 85% of its games. Even more impressive, over 60 of Coach Wolfe’s high school student athletes went on to play college football. While at Varina, Coach Wolfe spent many years under a Virginia High School coaching legend, Gary Chilcoat. Over a 9-year period at Varina, Chilcoat coached his teams to 3 region championships and a 91-14 record. He is credited by many as starting the trend for conducting demanding offseason workouts. Coach Chilcoat realized that games are not only won on Friday nights – they’re won when the competition is sitting on the bench.
"The Next Mission" features a conversation with Jesse Grapes, current Headmaster at Benedictine College Preparatory in Goochland, VA. The shared responsibility of the BCP faculty, staff, alumni, and students is to form "Cadets as Christian men of conscience, discipline, and achievement". Before becoming an educator, Mr. Grapes served our country and earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart as an infantry platoon commander in the United States Marine Corps.
"The Man in the Mirror" features a conversation with Dave Robinson & Cary Hairfield, both coaches with GS Nation, a company that Dave founded in 2016. GS Nation "is on a quest to empower people to adopt a future-altering mindset…by EARNING the confidence that comes with hard work and loving the person staring back at them in the mirror. Squad up. Show up. Show out.” Tune in to hear Ben, Dave, & Cary link lessons learned from sports, business, and life through some of their favorite quotes, phrases, and sayings...all of which ultimately depend on The Man in the Mirror.
"The Next Step" is co-hosted by Sam Rogers and features a conversation with Madison Rogers Medlin – Ben’s younger siblings. Currently the Senior Director of Marketing & Events at The First Tee of Greater Richmond, a non-profit golf organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Although Madison’s career accomplishments are plenty, the focus of the episode is centered around her preparation for and completion of her first full marathon. In training, Madison ran over 130 miles per month for one 26.2 mile race. Listen to hear more from Madison and the lessons she’s learned for herself and others throughout training as she urges you to simply focus on “The Next Step” and trust your preparation, no matter what unexpected twists & turns are thrown at you.
"The Pack Mentality" features a conversation with a 40-year educator & coach, Dave Savino. After spending 20 seasons coaching at one high school, he took a hiatus for seven years when his daughter was born. After returning to the sport he loves in 2014, Coach Savino led his new high school baseball team to a championship in only his second year as their head coach. When asked what is the one thing he would tell a first year coach he needs to establish in season one, Coach Savino talked about “The Pack Mentality”, which means putting all of your individual statistics aside and committing to your “Pack”. Listen to hear more from Coach Savino and all of the lessons that have helped his former students & athletes succeed in their lives beyond the classroom & the diamond.
"Developing a Sense of Sacrifice" features a conversation with a teaching & coaching legend, Kenny Lewis. Currently in his 32nd year as an educator, Coach Lewis not only has impacted thousands of his students' lives but his players as well. A 2x baseball state champion at the high school level, Coach Lewis says that the way student-athletes are able to develop a sense of sacrifice growing up playing sports makes them formidable competitors in the business world. Listen more to pull from the experiences & stories told from Coach Lewis in order to apply them to your life so that you can get off the bench and go strive for excellence.
"Hard. Smart. Together." features a conversation with a 3x state champion high school baseball coach, Charlie Dragum. Recently retired, Coach Dragum took over a program in its very first year of existence and led it to become a perennial powerhouse. Listen to hear more about Coach Dragum's "non-negotiables" and his 3 keys to leading: teaching, collaborating, and delegating.
"Action Over Intention" features an interview with Sam Rogers, Ben's younger brother. Sam was a 4 year starter at Fullback for the Virginia Tech football team and was drafted in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but that is not what defines him and his life. This episode is focused on an excerpt from a book written by Andy Andrews that includes the question: "Have you ever considered how often we judge ourselves by our intentions while we judge others by their actions?"