Masterminds delves into the world of elite sports. Interviewing some of the top names in high performance, from managers, coaches, sports psychologists, owners and chairman of professional teams. This podcast is in connection with PAWS Chicago - one of the very few 'non-kill' animal shelters in the USA. All exposure and sponsorship will go to this incredible charity.
Anthony Hudson is a football manager, having managed the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer, the New Zealand National Team, the Bahrain National Team, Newport County, and Tottenham Hotspur (coach).
Raymond Verheijen - Developing Coaches, Improving Players
As a youth player Raymond Verheijen (1971) was part of the famous Dutch Youth Academy structure. Unfortunately, the dream of a professional career ended as a chronic injury forced him to retire at the young age of 18. This disadvantage became an advantage as Verheijen started his coaching career at the age of 19. He studied Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology at the Free University Amsterdam and completed his Masters Degrees in 1995.
In 1995, Verheijen developed his Masters thesis into the book ‘Conditioning for Soccer’ which became the coach education book of the Dutch FA (KNVB) in 1997. Verheijen became a pro-license instructor at the Dutch FA in 1998. In 2014, Verheijen published the best-selling book ‘Football Periodisation’. More than 30.000 copies have been sold worldwide.
Verheijen has been involved as an assistant or consultant in 4 World Cups and 4 EURO’s and with several European top clubs. All his lessons learned at international level have been described in 2015 in the book ‘How Simple Can It Be?’ which was published in Dutch, English, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese amongst other languages.
Professor Damian Hughes - Building Winning Cultures
Professor Damian Hughes combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisation and change psychology to work as a trusted adviser to the business, education and sporting elite, specialising in the creation of high performing cultures.
He is the author of The Barcelona Way, Liquid Thinking, Liquid Leadership, How to Change Absolutely Anything, How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson and The Five STEPS to a Winning Mindset in addition to the three acclaimed sports biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler
Tony Pulis - Manager
Tony Pulis has managed over 1,100 professional games. A Premier League manager, having gained several promotions and working in all four divisions of english football. He's managed at the very highest level in the game, with huge success.
Eddie Jones - England Head Coach
Eddie Jones, was a hooker in his playing days, making 3 appearances for Leicester during the 1991/92 season in England.
He gave up a career as a teacher to coach his old club, famous Sydney side Randwick, in 1994, before spending three years in Japan, returning in 1998 to take charge of Super 12 side the Brumbies.
His first major piece of silverware came in 2001 after leading the Brumbies to their first Super 12 title, and in doing so becoming the first side from outside New Zealand to win the tournament.
He took charge of the Wallabies between 2001 and 2005 and delivered Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup success. The national side reached the 2003 Rugby World Cup final on home soil, losing narrowly to England.
He has since had two spells at Premiership club Saracens as a consultant, as well as assistant to the South Africa side that won the World Cup in 2007.
Jones took the Japan job in 2012 and lead over a period of unprecedented success, including a run of 10 successive wins, a record for a tier two nation, and beating South Africa in Brighton.
In November 2015, he agreed a 4-year deal with England. In January 2018, Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension to remain in his position as England head coach until 2021.
By April 2020, Jones had led England to two Six Nations titles - including a Grand Slam in 2016 - a 3-0 series victory in Australia and an 18-match unbeaten run.
He signed a new deal until the 2023 Rugby World Cup in April 2020 after leading England to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. At the time Jones' 78 per cent win ratio is the best of any England coach in the nation's history.
The Australian has overseen 42 wins in 54 Tests as England coach, including leading them to last year's Rugby World Cup final, where they were beaten by South Africa.
On signing the new deal Jones said: "We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes. Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It's a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it."
Lee Johnson - Longevity in the Championship
Lee Johnson is currently the longest serving manager in the English Championship. Having been a professional player in England, he then became one of the youngest managers in the UK, and since then has had successful spells at Oldham Athletic, Barnsley FC and now as the manager of Bristol City FC.
Ange Postecoglou - Success, Principles and Bravery
Ange Postecoglou is the regarded as the greatest Australian coach of all time. Success at both club and international level has seen him win several titles in Australia and Japan, as well as in Asia with the Australian National Team. His teams play incredible football, he inspires the fans and his leadership is one of high principles and values.
Enjoyable and insightful. Delivered in a positively informal manner which creates an openness which is rare through traditional media channels.
Only watched the Pulis one so far but it was interesting so I’ll make sure to watch some others of yours
Very good podcasts, full of interesting information.