100 episodes

Each week The Way of Champions Podcast will connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

Way of Champions Podcast John O'Sullivan

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Each week The Way of Champions Podcast will connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

    Bonus Episode: "In Search of Greatness" with Film Director Gabe Polsky

    Bonus Episode: "In Search of Greatness" with Film Director Gabe Polsky

    If you have not yet watched In Search of Greatness, you will want to after this incredible discussion with the movie’s director Gabe Polsky. We dive deep into his time with some of the greatest athletes of our time, including Wayne Gretzky, Pelé, & Jerry Rice. The film also features Muhammad Ali, Einstein, David Bowie, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan among others.
     
     
    During our conversation, Gabe shares his insights about the film and his own observations about the status of youth sports and the journey some people go on to to becoming the greatest of all time. 
     
     
     
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    Gabe explains the inspiration for the film
    How did Gabe select which athletes to interview?
    What comes first, happiness or winning?
    How does a guy like Wayne Gretzky not get filtered out of the system?
    What are some characteristics of the greatest athletes of all time?
    Gabe share his ideas for coaches on how to create an environment for greatness
    What should a coach study to be a great coach?
     
     
    Through the eyes of the greatest athletes of all time, IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius. Click here to watch the full trailer. 
     
     
    Resources mentioned:
    In Search of Greatness https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8236398/
    30 Second Trailer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qizotoo0ryixgk7/IN%20SEARCH%20OF%20GREATNESS%20Featurette.mov?dl=0
    Link to Full Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-B9CVCcLrM&t=5s
    Every Moment Matters, by John O’Sullivan
     
     
    Connect with Gabe Polsky
    Twitter: @gabepolsky
    Email: info@polskyfilms.com
    Website: https://www.insearchofgreatness.com
     
    Announcements:
    5th Annual Way of Champions Conference registration is open! We will be in Colorado Springs, CO June June 26-28. Click here for more information.   
     
    Help support the podcast and become a Podcast Champion 
    …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    Check out https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions for more information. 

    • 58 min
    #151 Kevin Kirk: Olympic and Professional Golf Coach and 2019 PGA Teacher of the Year

    #151 Kevin Kirk: Olympic and Professional Golf Coach and 2019 PGA Teacher of the Year

    In 2019, Kevin Kirk was voted PGA Coach of the Year. Kevin Kirk is one of the top golf coaches in the world. He is a deep thinker, culture creator, and ll-around great guy. We talk bout how to incorporate mental training to golfers, talking with parents, preparing for the national stage as an athlete…you do not want to miss this one!  
     
     
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    Kevin talks about the idea of “Kaizen” and how it effects his coaching
    How important is it for a coach to know the story of each of their athletes? 
    What role does “trust” play in a coach-athlete relationship?
    Keven remembers his first Way of Champions Conference 
    How does a coach in an individual sport create a great culture?
    Kevin offers some insight on how Tiger has been so successful over the years 
    Changing the word “fear” to “excitement” to help an athlete manage energy levels 
    Kevin explains why coaching is really teaching awareness 
    How important is playing golf in the business world?
    How can we intentionally create a space for elite athlete performance?
    How can we use storytelling in our coaching?
     
    Announcements:
     
    5th Annual Way of Champions Conference registration is open! We will be in Colorado Springs, CO June June 26-28. Click here for more information.   
     
     
    Help support the podcast and become a Podcast Champion …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses. Check out https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions for more information. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #150 How to Develop Thinking Players with 10x NCAA Champ and Lacrosse Legend Gary Gait

    #150 How to Develop Thinking Players with 10x NCAA Champ and Lacrosse Legend Gary Gait

    How do you get buy-in from athletes? Why is it important to not try and fit players into a system? How can being a creative thinker make you a better coach? Join us as we answer these questions and much more of Gary Gait, considered by many as the greatest lacrosse player of all-time. 
     
     
    Gary is currently the head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Syracuse University. Gary has won championships as a collegiate and professional coach. When Gary was playing, he was a 4-time All-American at Syracuse and has been inducted into the United States Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, as well as the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
     
     
     
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    Gary tells the story of how him and Jerry met
    Growing up in British Columbia and finding Lacrosse
    How can a coach create buy-in for learning sports psychology techniques?
    Gary talks about the lessons learned by losing 4-consecutive championships
    The idea of “never stand still” as a coach
    Why is it important to help players be great problem solvers?
    Howdy you balance being a parent and a coach?
    What are some important qualities for an assistant coach? 
    What are some differences between coaching women and men?
    Gary describes characteristics of great coaches
     
     
    Gary Gait was a four-time All-American for the Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team from 1987-90 (including first-team honors from 1988 to 1990), and was on three NCAA championship-winning teams. He twice won the Lt. Raymond Enners Award, given to the most outstanding college lacrosse player, in 1988 and 1990. Gait holds the Syracuse career goals record at 192 and the single-season goals record at 70, an NCAA record until 2008. In 1997, the NCAA Lacrosse Committee named Gait, along with his twin brother and Syracuse teammate, Paul, to the 25th Anniversary Lacrosse team.
     
     
     
     
    Resources mentioned:
    "Air Gait” video of Gary jumping over the net to score
    Championship Productions Becoming A Champion Lacrosse Player with Gary Gait: Shooting Techniques and Drills DVD
    Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life, by Jerry Lynch
    Every Moment Matters, by John O’Sullivan
     
     
     
     
    Connect with Gary Gait
    Twitter: @garygait 
     
     
    Announcements:
    5th Annual Way of Champions Conference registration is open! We will be in Colorado Springs, CO June June 26-28. Click here for more information.   
     
     
    Help support the podcast and become a Podcast Champion …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses. Check out https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions for more information. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #149 US Soccer Legend Landon Donovan and Carrie Taylor: Breaking New Ground in Professional Soccer with SD Loyal

    #149 US Soccer Legend Landon Donovan and Carrie Taylor: Breaking New Ground in Professional Soccer with SD Loyal

    US Soccer Legend Landon Donovan and Carrie Taylor: Breaking New Ground in Professional Soccer with SD Loyal

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #148 Bo Eason, NFL All Pro, Broadway star, and author of There is No Plan B for Your A Game"

    #148 Bo Eason, NFL All Pro, Broadway star, and author of There is No Plan B for Your A Game"

    From the football field, to the stage, to becoming a best-selling, author Bo Eason joins us on the Way of Champions Podcast to discuss peaking in youth sports, competing against difficult opponents, and the mentality it takes to be the best in the world.
     
     
    Highlights from the Podcast: Bo shares a defining moment in his life when he was told he was too small to play football
    Why most people are lousy at selecting future talent in young athletes
    Why don’t most high school stars go on to be professionals?
    What happens when NBA players reach their peak at 15-years-old and why is this happening?
    How important is it for young athletes to compete against difficult opponents?
    At what point should an athlete peak?
    What do you say to a child who’s friends are “playing small” and look at wanting to be a success as being conceited?
    What did Bo learn the most from being in the NFL?
    What was it like competing against one of the fastest men in the world?
    How important is it to be a “5-Star” athlete?
    What was the most important lesson Bo learned by playing with Jerry Rice?
    How did Bo end up in acting and getting mentored by Al Pacino?
    What is the BEST advice Bo wants EVERYONE to know and do?
     
    Bo Eason started his career in the NFL as a top pick for the Houston Oilers. Continuing on with the San Francisco 49ers, during his 5-year career Bo competed beside and against some of the greatest players of his generation.
     
    After his football career ended, he branched out into acting and wrote a one-man play called Runt of the Litter that had an extended off-Broadway and 50- city national run.
     
    Now in his third act, as a speaker and leadership coach, he trains some of the most successful people in the world— athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, C-suite execs—on how to communicate for maximum impact and success. He has consulted for clients like Advisors Excel, Morgan Stanley, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Mass Mutual, Guardian, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.
     
     
    Resources mentioned: There's No Plan B for Your A-Game: Be the Best in the World at What You Do, by Bo Eason
    Every Moment Matters, by John O’Sullivan
    Super Bowl 49: Not one starter was a 5-star recruit out of high school, by Igor Mello
    The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle
    Book Extras: https://boeasonbook.com
     
     
    Connect with Bo Eason Twitter: https://twitter.com/boeason
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boeason21
    Website: https://boeason.com
     
    Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
     
    We are now offering you the ability to contribute as a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes!
    A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month
    A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron.
    Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.
     
    Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/way

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #147 Dr. Bob Weil, Sports Podiatrist, on Building a Foundation of Athletic Excellence

    #147 Dr. Bob Weil, Sports Podiatrist, on Building a Foundation of Athletic Excellence

    If the shoe fits, performance improves! That is the message our guest this week is so passionate about sharing. Dr. Bob Weil is a sports Podiatrist & host of “The Sports Doctor”, bbsradio.com/thesportsdoctor, a live weekly hour show featuring guests from all aspects of sports medicine, fitness & Wellness. We discuss 
     
     
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    How does the way a shoe fits improve performance?
    What three things does Dr. Bob recommend when it comes to shoes?
    Chose the shoe that is designed for the sport.
    Be fitted properly.
    If there are constant concerns, consult a podiatrist.
    What role does genetics play in foot problems?
    If kids need over-the-counter drugs to participate in sports, maybe we should re-evaluate the situation.
    What are the two best exercises to strengthen feet?
    How do you know when a child rally wants to play only one sport?
    Dr. Bob shares a checklist of things to look for with problems stemming from foot problems 
     
     
    Dr. Bob has treated & worked with some of the world’s great athletes in all sports at all ages. He was recently inducted into the prestigious National Fitness Hall of Fame & has Co-authored “#HeySportsParents - A Guide for any Parent with a Child in Sports”.
     
     
    Resources mentioned:
    Every Moment Matters, book by John O’Sullivan Link
    #heysportsparents, book by Dr. Bob Well Link

    • 48 min

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