"Victory Defined" features a conversation with Loren Johnson, the head football coach at Highland Springs High School in Richmond, VA. Coach Johnson played his college ball at Virginia Tech and coached at a few different high schools before arriving at Highland Springs in 2008, where he has led the Springers to state championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Listen in to hear Ben & Coach Johnson discuss the definition of "Total Victory", how the game of football is a great vehicle to get us where we want to be, and more.
"The Struggle is Real" features an interview with Brennan Marion, Offensive Coordinator for the Bison football team at Howard University. Despite multiple challenges & setbacks like changing schools every year growing up, friends getting shot, a mother getting arrested, being homeless, and season-ending knee injuries, Coach Marion has bounced back from it all. After setting NCAA records at Tulsa University as a wide receiver, Brennan had a 2-year stint in the NFL before beginning his coaching career. When asked what pieces of advice he'd give someone who says they're sick of living a life of mediocrity, Brennan says "The first thing I'm going to ask them is 'Are you doing what you love to do?' The next thing I'll ask is 'What do you want to do?' The third thing I'm going to tell them is to put all your energy into what you want to do. And then fourth and final, is to make a goal...and then have somebody that is going to hold you accountable to those goals". *UPDATE: as of 2019, Brennan Marion is the current Offensive Coordinator at William & Mary University*
"Six Guidelines to Goal Setting" features a conversation with Jake Just, a head football coach at Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown, PA. In this episode, 6 guidelines to goal setting are discussed, and Ben & Jake each present the listeners with goals of their own & New Year's resolutions for 2018.
"Easy to Chase the Bar, Hard to Set It" features an interview with Deane Cheatham IV, an assistant football coach at Marshall University. Coach Cheatham is truly on the "front line". Although his current job title is Assistant Coach at a Division 1 football program, what you'll find is that it's not always as pretty as it seems. Told from someone who is currently living in the process, you'll see that there is no magic pill, and success will not be given. According to Deane, “The most difficult part of coaching is when you lose and you’re trying to find the answers within those losses…you can’t judge success off of the end result. We can watch the tape of a win and ignore all of the bad plays. We can ignore all of our mental errors, our mistakes. Or you can go through and look at it critically. Ignoring the end result (win or lose) is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s one of the most important things to do."
"From Worst to First" features an interview with Coach Josh Just, a lifelong high school teacher, administrator, and football coach. Discussion topics of this episode include commitment, discipline, and respect. Listen to hear more about Coach Just's upbringing, how he built a football program from 0-10 to region champs, and how he believes that low expectations equals low achievements. “As coaches, we have to make sure that we hold our values to make better people. We can bend and be flexible, but that’s not really helping you. Any time we bend and lower our expectations, all we’re doing is lowering the achievement of that student-athlete.”