Beyond the Hardwood podcast is hosted by Dionte Ferguson, an Assistant Coach at the University of Indianapolis. This platform focuses on the journey's of personnel who are within the sport industry or have had some ties to it, whether as a player, coach, administrator, etc. Season 1 exceeded expectations; Season 2 was put on hold, but now we are back ... Reminder, that Beyond the Hardwood is still being streamed via Apple and Spotify. So make sure to subscribe on the Apple Podcast, Spotify Podcast, and also the Youtube Channel.
Look Y'all it's Ferg ...
I know I have been ducked off & out the way, but I'm back. Life creeps up on you in ways that makes you sometimes have to take a step back & get things in order before you can focus on what you want to do. Well, that's what has happened for me & it doesn't feel like it took me almost 2 years to get back into the flow of things, but it did. Lock in on what has been going on my way & what's to come moving forward. YouTube videos are postponed for the moment, but the audio's will be available on all platforms per usual! I'M BACKKKK!!!!!
Jareem Dowling | EP 2 | North Texas | Asst. Coach
This episode featured not only Jareem, but his father, Kamahl as we talk about his time growing up in the Virgin Islands while his father was in prison for 15 years, how they stay connected even while apart from each other during that time, Reem's time as a player in the states and his start in the coaching business, how adversity allowed him to realize how it is more important to be true to who you are than chasing titles, and how important it is to have a circle of trusted people who go from strangers to family.
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J.T Burton | EP 1 | Tusculum University | Head Coach
Coach Burton and I sit down for an in person interview and talk face to face about his journey through the coaching ranks which include many stops at ALL LEVELS of college basketball, the importance of having relationships with your current/former players, how as a head coach you can't be afraid to lose your best player especially during the infamous 6:00AM pre season conditioning that Coach Burton has done with his teams, and lastly, how a strong support system like his family has helped keep him grounded as he continues to succeed in the coaching business.
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Ashley Shields | EP 15 | Former WNBA Champion/Arlington High School | WBB Head Coach
Coach Shields and I talk about her childhood growing up in Memphis, TN, finding her passion for the game and playing for one of the all time great's in Memphis, Coach Robert Newman, her amazing high school career and her decision to stay home and attend the University of Memphis, transferring from Memphis to Northwest CC before attending Southwest CC in which a driven Ashley helped take that program to new heights after posting a 26-2 record finishing ranked 13th nationally, over-excelling and taking her game to another level which resulted in her being the first ever JUCO player to get drafted to the WNBA ( 1Rd: 8th pick), her time with the Houston Comets before heading to Detroit where she helped the Shock win the 2008 WNBA Championship, her 10 year career overseas and the experiences she gained while abroad, returning home to Memphis where she helped with the start of the She Got Game Women's Basketball League as well as coaching stops which include Mitchell High School, Houston High School, Team Thad (Under Armour Circuit) and now at Arlington High School as the new Head Women's Varsity Basketball Coach.
Thank you again to all who have helped support and continue to support this platform as this is the last episode for Season 1 of Beyond the Hardwood. You all made an idea become reality and it has become something I couldn't imagine it would become AND IT'S STILL GROWING! Season 2 will begin in November, but until then be sure to share, subscribe, rate & leave a review. Also be sure to follow the Beyond the Hardwood page on IG at @thebthpod !
Otherwise I look forward to the guest I am putting together for Season 2 of this platform and until then remember, Life goes Beyond the Hardwood !!!
Jay Bradley | EP 14 | Clarendon College | Asst. Coach
Coach Bradley and I talk about him being from Wichita, Kansas and how it was going growing up there as a kid, his time at Garden City and the opportunity to leave from there to attend Barclay College, a small Christian school in the NCCAA Division, life after college basketball in which he coach AAU and the organization in which his father and hisself put together in order to help kids in Wichita who didn't have access to the resources needed to help them be successful in life, his break into the coaching business under Coach Hellenthal at Quincy University, his time at Odessa Junior College and how he and his staff have had to adjust to the new normal during this pandemic in order to help their student athletes succeed.
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Cabral Huff | EP 13 | Holy Innocents High School | MBB Head Coach
Coach Huff and I talk his time growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, the morals and values he gained being an only child from his parents and how that has helped him become the servant leader he is today, his time at Morehouse and how during those four years he found his passion for teaching, the different stops, lessons and successes he has had at multiple schools in the Atlanta area, as well as the impact hisself along with other coaches at all levels are making with the #embRACEus platform.
For more information on what Coach Huff and others are doing with the #embRACEus platform, be sure to click the link to get a more detailed look into the things they are working on how you can help be apart of the change.
Also, be sure to share, subscribe, rate & leave a review as well as follow the Beyond the Hardwood IG page, @thebthpod, as we continue to build this platform. BTH Apparel is soon to come, with hats are already being made. More info on this to come in the future.
I love this podcast
Such a great podcast, always look forward to new uploads!
This Podcast is AMAZING!!
This podcast is amazing, especially for new and experienced basketball coaches and players. Dionte consistently brings on great guests each week. Each story gives us a different and unique perspective of the game of basketball. I love tuning in each Monday! Keep up the great work!
This podcast is great. I am learning so much from